On March 6th, I met my heroes - Alex Gaskarth, Jack Barakat, Zack Merrick and Rian Dawson. By met I meant I saw them live.
They were everything I saw them to be in interviews and live YouTube videos. It was amazing. As I stood there with other Hustlers, I soaked in the whole atmosphere - the lights, the sweat, the accidental touching of bums… And I felt right at home.
Jack and Alex made dick jokes and shit talked throughout the night and it’s amazing because I’ve looked up to Alex for the longest time. He wrote songs that helped me pull through my toughest days.
He made me realise that I may have a bad day, not a bad year and I will be okay.
I have a video of him singing Jasey Rae - the complete song. It’s one of the first songs I heard from them and EVERY TIME the song gets to Juliet Sims’ part, I feel myself choking back tears because that song just connects to me on so many levels. To hear him sing that live, and even though I could hardly breathe as I tried to, after all that jumping and singing and the beat of Rian’s drums and Jack’s riffs against my chest, I sang with my whole heart and soul. I sang with my hero.
It felt so damn good. I know Alex never laid eyes on me, and honestly, I don’t care. I came to see my heroes live, to hear how Alex sounds, to just sing to every word, and I did. And I’m happy and blessed.
My heroes lived up to all my imagination, dreams and hopes. They didn’t let me down. And I will forever be a Hustler. I will always defend their music. Here is to another 10 years, boys. Thank you for the hella good time in Singapore. To Matt Flyzik, Danny Kurily, Jeff… I saw you, dudes. And all other B&C, your work did not go unappreciated. I love you guys. Thank you again for making my night, maybe my month, maybe even my year. Whenever I feel down, I’m gonna watch that Jasey Rae video.