June 23, 2019 at 10:41 pm in reply to: Welp ive developed a bad habit not even realizing it. #186888
If you have a YouTube account I would strongly suggest you posting the link up here or even posting the link to your Facebook so we all can watch it 🙂 I saw that you sent it to me in a pm but other people may be able to help you more than I will and if they don’t have the link they can’t see it so feel free to post the link here 🙂June 23, 2019 at 10:08 pm in reply to: Welp ive developed a bad habit not even realizing it. #186885
I’m seriously on the verge of breaking my laptop. I had the MOST amazing PAGE-LONG response to your beautiful story, and I went to hit “enter” and I accidentally somehow hit something that took me to another page and no amount of backspacing could fix it.
I’ll try to summarize:
I fucking LOVE this post! I can’t believe that was you guys in the photo with the “Thank you” sign they shared! How amazing! It’s so cute that you and your wife bonded through this band. It’s clear they have played such a big role in shaping your life to be the way it is now. “I sucked but I was the happiest”. I loved this statement. It doesn’t matter how well you play, the LOVE and the PASSION has to be there.
Thank you for sharing such an awesome story with us 🙂 I really loved all the photos too! I hope others can do this, it was very entertaining to read!
While my story isn’t as long as yours, it actually started the same way. I hated A7X in the beginning. Everyone was jumping on the emo/screamo thing and I was OVER it. Never liked it in the beginning, and still don’t really care for it this day. I’ve grown to love SOME of it. But honestly, I use to see photos of A7X on magazines and would roll my eyes because EVERYONE was just obsessed with them. And I personally didn’t see the big deal. I watched a concert of theirs live at my friend’s house and saw Shads had vampire teeth in with eyeliner and I’d be lying if I said I didn’t find that attractive. I thought they were cute rocker guys in eyeliner trying to look like vampires and me being into that whole thing, that was about as far as it went. My brother was OBSESSED with them and tried to shove their STST and WTF albums down my throat relentlessly. Didn’t like it. Now I love it.
Flash forward to 2015. My singer and I had a song come on the radio while we were driving and she knew EVERY FUCKING WORD. I said, “You know who this is?” And she said, “It’s Avenged Sevenfold. The band with the guitarist you said looks like Tommy Lee.” I couldn’t fucking believe it. That “Buried Alive” was written by the same band. She had bought and downloaded three of their songs and I didn’t know about it at all. She told me how much she loved the singer’s voice, and Ironically I crooked my lip and said, “Really? THIS guy?” Not because he was bad, but he was NOT the Sebastian Bach/Rob Halford/Axl Rose stuff pitched with high screams she usually went for. But I was moved by the purity of and non-over produced track full of awesome headbanging. I started to like them. Then I started to LOVE them.
That same year, about 4 months later, my mother died suddenly. She had left me an inheritance to which with it, I bought a Schecter guitar, a line 6 amp, my beloved ESP, and every single A7X album. And then I heard “So Far Away” in the car. I had to pull over to the side of the road for at this time I didn’t make the connection that the song was about their lost drummer. I knew they had lost a drummer but I didn’t make the connection entirely that he was their BEST friend/soulmate. I lost it on the side of the fucking road. I literally lost it. My singer consoled me the best she could. The lyrics touched me so much I HAD to see them live. So with the little money of the inheritance left, we purchased tickets. Unfortunately it was at a show in Kansas where Matt had to stop the wild crowd. My singer had to be carried out as she suffered a concussion so we only got to see a part of Volbeat so close before she was dropped to the concrete. We paid for pit tickets and never got to see them in the pit 🙁
Then the following year we vowed to see them again. We drove 4 hours on a school night and got only 2 hours of sleep but it was SO fucking worth it. Most people here know the story of that night. I was so ecstatic to see how close we were in our seats to the stage but lo and behold, we were in the wrong seats and had to move REALLY far back. At the end of the show, Syn tossed out picks and reached for hands in that area and my heart just fucking bled. My singer said, “Come on Jak, let’s hurry! We may be able to get over there!” But because she’s blind, I was NOT about ready to rush my singer through a crowd, steps, railings, and in the dark all in hopes to shake someone’s hand. Her safety wasn’t worth it. I just told her (and Syn knows this part now which makes me smile so much) “I’ll get to tell him one day how much he means to me and how much his guitar playing has affected my dreams for the better. I’ll get my chance one day, let these people have theirs.” And we left.
The best part? Not even THREE months later, the school opened, I joined, a tutorial came out and he followed me on Instagram. Now in a 16 month time frame, he has supported my album, he gave me a shoutout, talked about me in an interview, gave me a prestigious gift, and has become a fucking AMAZING friend and so much more.
This is why I believe all stories have happy endings. If it’s not happy, it’s not the end 🙂
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