Saturday, August 11, 2012
I hid my face from the camera just as the flash hit, my wall of blonde hair shielding me. I swatted blindly at Frank who had taken the picture, laughing hard enough to snort. My face flushed, causing me to laugh harder and embarrass myself further. When I regained control of myself Frank wrapped his arms around me and started to hum the tune to Rock-A-Bye Baby. I chuckled to myself and pushed my way out of his embrace.
Only seconds afterwards, Gerard appeared looking ready to kill somebody with his mic. "Frank, where the hell is Mikey!?" Frank shrugged and looked to me. I was about to do the same when suddenly I pointed behind Gerard, trying not to laugh. "C'mon Kelly, we don't have time for this shit! The show starts in like two minutes!" I could no longer hold myself together and dissolved into a fit of giggles caused by Mikey mimicking Gerard's every word and action in perfect time. Finally, Gerard turned around, anxious and impatient, only to slap his brother hard on the arm.
As the band gathered, you could hear the restless crowd. A crowd that knew that the band that they had waited months to see was soon to be standing in front of them.
I followed them as far as the stage, hugging each of them before they stepped into the spotlight. I hugged Gerard last, remembering when we first met almost a year ago, and then watched as these five men poured their hearts and souls into their music and listened as every emotion thet they'd ever felt reverberated through the stadium and their pain as well as their happiness became mine.