Just thought I’d leave this here for y’all.
Transformation Tuesday (father edition). I’ve always been a daddy’s girl. I always will be. He’s spent so much money just so I could go meet my favorite bands. He’s spent countless of dollars on barbies, bratz dolls, Polly pockets, and webkinz even though he knew it would just be a phase. He’s stood by me through thick and thin, even when he was in Florida for roughly 5 years. My dad always wanted me to be happy, and truth is, with him supporting me, I am. My father means so damn much to me it ins’t even funny. He loses sleep so I can meet band members at 2 am in the morning. The top picture is roughly ten years ago, and the bottom is from last Tuesday, when we saw Asking Alexandria together for the third time. And we meet AA for the third time that night. I’m proud to say that my dad knows a shit ton of their songs, and yes, he IS wearing a Mitch Lucker memorial shirt.
So on May 7th, I feel like my life changed.. for good. This tour was hands down the best tour I’ve seen Asking Alexandria play on that I attended to.
When we got to the Paramount Theater, there was already a line waiting to get in. Luckily, I had VIPs, which let me get in early (score). So when I got in, I met a couple and instantly we struck up conversation. I really liked these two, they were so adorable and just ah, I love them! So when they pulled the curtain back and revealed the stage, I clutched the guys’ hand, he grabbed his girlfriend’s hand, and we bolted to the barricade. We stood there for all five sets, and we really didn’t have to do deal with all those crowd surfers, we only got a few, that is until Motionless In White preformed.
I Killed The Prom Queen knocked it out of the ball park. I thought they were going to be a little emo kid band to be quite honest. But holy shit was I wrong. The lead singer jumped into the crowd and I got some killer shots (for my extent of photography). When they got off the stage the lead singer walked along the barricades and I high fived him and I was like so excited. I was literally counting down the sets until Asking came on. Next was Chimaira. I was pleasantly shocked when they started to play. They were kinda heavy but it totally worked for me. They did about five to six songs and then they left the stage. White Chapel came on and I mean, I personally didn’t really like them. I couldn’t really hear the singer over the drum and the guitars. But I had major respect for the lead singer who was wearing a Mitch Lucker memorial shirt.
Motionless In White was hands down amazing. They blew me away (what else is new?) Chris looked fantastic, and they preformed so well. He even stood on the barricade and I touched his arm (*fan girl moment*). His microphone got a little fucked up and I saw him mouth “WHAT. THE. FUCK?” and all you could see was the tech running around to get a functioning mic for him.
FINALLY it came time for Asking Alexandria. James walked on, and I screamed so fucking loud. Then came Cam, who stood literally right in front of me, followed by Sam, then Ben, and last but certainly not least, the infamous Danny Worsnop. They kicked off the show with Welcome, then slipped into Closure. The set list was hands down badass. They played 17 songs, a mixture of Stand Up and Scream, Reckless & Relentless, and From Death To Destiny. I didn’t cry during any of the songs this time (yay!). There were a shit ton of crowd surfers this time, and I got kicked up side the head about 3-5 times. On top of getting kicked multiple times and violently head banging, I think I may have a concussion. Worth it.
So time came for the meet and greet after the show. I was so nervous to meet them again. As the music was playing in the background, Danny was dancing around and air humping like a big weirdo. Every time I’ve seen them, I’ve met them as well. When I approached them I said hello, and they all greeted me with a chipper ”Ello!”. Ben just held his arms wide open. Almost transfixed, I went straight to him. I hugged James, then stopped at Danny. I said “I know you don’t like hugs.. but can I get one?” and Danny responded with “I don’t like getting random strangers tackling me to the ground, but yes, I will hug you!” and wrapped his arms around me. Then I moved on to Sam, and then Cam who bent down and made me so small. I was like “Gosh you make me tiny!” and Danny was just like “…You are..” hahaha. I explained to them my little project I did on here, and I told them that I had five pages, not even HALF of the AA family, and I told them about my letter. I went to hand it to someone, and James and Ben immediately stuck their hands out to take it. I was so awkward. I was like “Umm, who should I give this to?” and James goes “Give it to Ben, he has cleaner pockets.” Ben immediately took it and safely tucked the envelope in his pocket. I told Danny that I was so happy he sung and I was so upset that he didn’t last time. He was like “I actually was too!” haha. I asked Ben if he liked my shirt and he goes “Yeah, did you make it?” I was like “No, Sam did it for me!” and he was like “That’s so cool when did she do that!?” and Boy Sam was like “She did it on tour with you!” and they were all extremely interested on how Sam sent my shirt back to me with my AA wall sticker decal and my Forever Shameless wrist bands. I told Ben to thank Sam for me again and he was for my name. I was like “Annamarie” and he goes “Okay, I will Annamarie.” I all but melted. But I stood in front of them and said “I have a question. Will you go to prom with me? All of you?” and Danny looked at me and said “When is it?” I was like “Lenape Valley Regional High School on May 31st!” Ben was like “Oh, we’ll be in Europe.” and Danny was like “Don’t worry, we’ll fly out and make it for you.” I was like “Well my boyfriend doesn’t want to go, so I though I’d ask you guys.” and Ben was like “You’re boyfriends a fuck face shit head!” (LOL thanks Ben!) and Sam was like “They’ll be like “Oh Annamarie’s packin’ in some heat!” haha. I asked them about their bandannas and if I could get one and Cam was like “Oh we had these for Warped, but don’t worry, we’ll make some more!” and James was like “Oh… I lost mine..”. They told me that they weren’t playing Mayhem this year but that they would be back. I was like “Thank you so much. You guys are my heroes.” and Ben was like “NO, you’re MY hero.” and Danny was like “He never shuts up about you! Annamarie this, Annamarie that!” I was seriously so stoked on meeting them. It was hands down the best show ever. I’m so happy that I was able to see and meet them again. Truly blessed.ALSO, when To The Stage came on, and the part “She’s just a beautiful girl with the weight of the world on her shoulders..” Ben pointed and looked at me while preforming that song. Eeeeek! And I made eye contact with Sam and Ben a lot too. Okay I’m done I promise!❤
So I wrote all of the names of everyone who reblogged or liked those two posts, plus the additional ones of twitter and Instagram. It came out of five pages (flat) of people who cared enough to want to be a part of this! I’m so happy that I managed to get that many pages, and I KNOW the boys know that there are so many of us. I’m super excited for Tuesday, and y’all know I will post some pictures just for you! I also wrote a four page letter for them, letting them know how much not only me, but all of YOU love them.
I decided that I’m going to ask Asking Alexandria to go to prom with me.
Okay y’all. Remember that post I made about liking/reblogging if you like and or love Asking Alexandria and I’d write down your name? Well, I wrote down all the names along with twitter as well. I also just posted a picture on instagram (askingannamarie). You have until May 5th. I never gave a deadline, but there is now one. You can give me your twitter, tumblr, instagram, you name it, I’ll write it down and give it to the guys. Go, go, go!
Okay, so I don’t know if people are actually going to do this… but if you’re an Asking Alexandria fan, and you like/reblog this, I’ll write down your URL. On May 7th I’m going to see them and I have VIPs, which means I’ll be able to see them. If people actually DO do this, I’ll write down your URL on a piece of paper or make a card stating that we support them and give it to them, so they know how big the AA family is.
So I posted some pictures from my Instagram on here stating my views and opinions on smoking, the usage of drugs, and drinking. It’s true- everyone does it when they’re young. I’ve had a few sips of wine or champagne here or there, or an occasional beer- but I don’t like the taste of liquor. I don’t like alcohol. I’m probably going to be one of those kids that turns 21 and will stay home all night. But I don’t see the point of smoking cigarettes. It’s not attractive, it’s not useful.. all you get is yellow teeth and lung cancer, or just black lungs. I don’t see the point in doing drugs. I know, I know, I’m sounding like a mom. But seriously, what’s the point of smoking pot? I understand that it helps cancer patients or people who use it for medical use. But people who use it for recreational use? What is the point? You don’t look cool, at least not to me. As for drinking, again, what is the point? So you drown your sorrows out by filling your body with alcohol and puking your guts out and waking up with a killer Mr. Hangover. It’s not my cup of tea. I’m not judging you if you do that. I’m just saying that it isn’t my liking, and I don’t understand why people do it. To get away? Sure, why not. You can also just sit there with music blasting to get away. You can take a nice, long walk to clear your mind. You can do some exercises or yoga to find your mind. Your body is a temple. Stretching your ears, getting piercings and putting random holes where they don’t belong, and getting tattoos is just a way of decorating. You’re not doing physical or long term harm to your body. It’s a way to help define who you are.
Someone pointed out that I support Asking Alexandria and that they’re my life but they’re all about what I’m against (drugs, alcohol, smoking…). I support the guys with a shit ton of stuff they do. But I do not sit around and support the choices they make referring to alcohol, drugs, and smoking. A lot of bands do stuff like that at one point or another. Asking Alexandria is a big part of my life because they prove the negative people wrong by working hard, just like I’m doing. I’m not proud of them because of the drugs they do, or for getting completely smashed, or for hooking up with random girls for fun. I’m proud of them for the hard work that they do, and for being committed to their music and for following their dreams. I support them for the kindness they show to the fans. They show us SO MUCH gratitude for all the stuff we do. We learn their songs so we can sing our hearts out, we get tattoos of their lyrics (or of their faces or the band logo), we buy their merch, we go out to concerts for them, we write them letters, we cover their songs, we draw them pictures, and we follow them on social networking sites. I mean, some people dedicate their entire being to Asking Alexandria. And I’m pretty sure it’s not because of the infamous, yet notorious, life that they live.
I am entitle to my opinion, as are you. I’m not telling you to think like I am, nor am I sitting here thinking I’m better than you if I don’t drink, smoke, or do drugs. To be honest, I don’t care if you do, it’s your life, not mine. Who am I to judge?I’m not saying you’re disrespecting your body, and I’m not saying that all Asking Alexandria does is do drugs, get wasted, and sleep around. I would just like to state my opinion. I am so sorry if I have offended anyone, or have upset or angered anyone who has read this. But I just wanted to go into further detail than those two pictures.
I get to see these five men on May 7th. I can’t even tell you how happy I am. I never thought I’d be able to see my favorite band, let alone meet them. But I saw and met them twice in 2012, and I’m seeing and meeting them on May 7th, 2013. Talk about dream come true. I’m honestly so speechless. I just really hope I don’t cry like a complete baby like I did last time. Even though I have no shame. I’m so excited to walk through those venue doors and feel like I’m home. To feel accepted. All because of these five men. To you, it might just be a “phase” or just a regular band. But to me, they’re more than that, and they always will be. I can’t wait to feel the adrenaline rush, or to have my knees go weak, or to have the butterflies freak the hell out in my stomach when the lights go dark, and they file out on to the stage. I’m so pumped to hear their new songs. I’m so pumped to meet them again, for the THIRD time. My luck is so shitty, so to meet them again (when a handful of fans who’ve been a fan longer than I have haven’t met them yet) is pretty amazing.
#Flashbackfriday 12.9.12 ❤ I will never forget this day. Not only did I have VIPs in order to meet them, but my knees were weak with the thought of meeting them. The first thing I said when I saw them? “I’m sorry, I’m just like so… Star struck.” @cameronjamesliddell and @cassells were the closest to me and I went up to James and asked for a hug. Seeing @thedannyworsnop, @officialsambettley and @benjaminpaulbruce again was just mind blowing. These men have shaped the person I am today, as crazy as that may seem. Through them, I’ve gained confidence in my true self, and I’ve learned to not care about all the negative things people will/did say about me. After I met them, I cried. I cried my eyes out…literally. I don’t know why, either. I’ve met them before. But it sunk in. I met my heroes. Something I thought I’d never do. They liked the art work I made them. They appreciated all that hard work, cramped hands/fingers, eraser marks, and smudges. I went to the 6:30 signing and I remember Ben going “hello again!” And I started to smile, thinking how lucky I was. I’m so stoked for this new album, along with all their solo work that they have planned. So proud of the guys as individuals and as a whole group. I’m proud to be part of the AA family. ❤
Crying to Asking Alexandria
Take me back to December 9th
Or March 27th
Perfection. Like all of them.
Cameron, James, my father, Danny, me, Ben, and Sam! This was at the meet and greet, and it was wham bam thank you ma’am! I showed them all of my drawings I made them and Cameron kept my “Keep Calm and Have Yorkshire Pride” and James asked me to send him a picture of the Avise La Fin drawing (he went to keep it but I took it back and explained that I was sorry but I worked really hard on it and he said “no I’d keep it too! It looks great!”) and Sam loved my Queen’s Fleet. I showed it to him and he said he couldn’t even draw that and kept asking to see it and said he saw it posted and realized that I did that. I showed Danny my dsnop logo and he was like “thank you so much” and Ben like my drawing and he kept thanking me. They all did. The manager was shaking his head at me and I kept apologizing and they told me its fine and that they liked my drawings. I started to tear up as I left the room and Danny, Ben, and Sam were all watching me and I said “if I can make it to the signing, maybe you can sign it.” And I left the room. Then a few minutes later the tour manager walked right to me and said “hold out your right wrist” and gave me the first bracelet for the 6:30 signing and it was for free too. My dad thinks that they told him to give me one or he felt bad. Then at the signing I got all my art work signed plus a poster signed. I thanked them all and told them they were my favorite band. I told Danny I couldn’t wait to see them preform and that I hoped he got better. Then I thanked the tour manager. Danny only sang one song, which was the Final Episode (the LAST song) but it was still good nonetheless. Oh like how my dads in the picture lmao.