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Fan fulfills dream of meeting idols

07:37 PM September 09, 2013

THE AUTHOR, center, with Joe Trohman and Andy Hurley of Fall Out Boy

Words can’t fully describe how I felt when I finally met Fall Out Boy at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport last month.

(The band performed at Smart Araneta Coliseum on Aug. 8 in a concert dubbed “Save Rock and Roll.”)

Vocalist-guitarist Patrick Stump, bassist Pete Wentz, drummer Andy Hurley and guitarist Joe Trohman have been my idols for many years. I’ve always dreamed of meeting them.

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Fall Out Boy is behind such hits as “Sugar, We’re Goin’ Down,” “Thnks Fr Th Mmrs,” and “My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark.”

I was super nervous while waiting for them at the airport. I couldn’t think of what to say or do in case I got near them. What I did know was that it was a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

I tried not to worry because, from all their interviews that I had seen, they were all very nice. I also kept reminding myself that Patrick loved it when fans approached him.

Finally, the moment arrived. One by one, Patrick, Andy, Pete, and Joe appeared—in front of me! I couldn’t believe what was happening. In a while, not only was I talking to them; I was also having pictures taken with them. They were really nice to all the fans around them. It truly was a dream come true!

On the concert day itself, I lined up for 10 hours, having braved hunger and thirst. Plus, it was so hot! But in the end, it really was worth the wait. I got to the very front row!

Fall Out Boy’s concert was the best among many shows I had seen. It was the first time I actually knew every word to every song being performed!

(Nicole Alvarez is a second year high school student at PAREF Woodrose.)

TAGS: Entertainment, Fall Out Boy, Music
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