I must’ve been about 9 when Avril Lavigne came out on the scene. I remember my older brother introducing me to her music as he handed me a burnt copy of her debut album Let Go. Little did I know that that moment would change me, it was the moment that would turn me into a life long fan. And now here we are.
It’s hard to believe that I’ve been lucky enough to see Avril in concert three times in the past before tonight. The first was in 2003. I was in the third grade and I went with my entire family; mom, dad and brother. The second time in 2004 when I went with my mom, friend Marie and her godmother. By the time Avril came around again I was in eight grade and no longer had to attend concerts with an adult present.
This concert was different then the rest. It’s hard to explain how but it had something to do with growing up with Avril. We’ve come full circle. I passed the age where in Nobody’s Fool she sings “When I was 14 and a little mod brain, it’s amazing what a couple of years can be.” And I even passed the age she was when her career began. It’s been a good 10 years.
I was at camp when tickets went on sale. I remember finding out that Avril was coming back and calling my mom right away who informed me that she already purchased 2 tickets on my behalf, for me and my best friend Amy. Thanks again!
There was one thing from the concert which I will never forget. When Avril was singing I’m With You there was a moment where she stopped singing and all you could hear was the crowd. Every fan in the venue singing her words back to her. It was absolutely beautiful. I tried to video it but there was nothing able to catch the magic.
This is one girl I could talk forever about. Her voice amazes me more and more every time I see her perform. My best friend Arielle and I drove all from Toronto to Buffalo for this concert. I wasn’t able to attend hers the next week because i’d be in Cleveland for a youth group event. There was no way I was missing the chance to see one of my favourite people in the world. We arrived at the venue early and were some of the first people in line with some of our other friends. At one point we decided to run over to Starbucks to get food and on our way back it started to pour and we got absolutely drenched. My shoes were destroyed. Anyway, when we were allowed inside we ran to get front row spots and then went to the merchandise table to make sure we’d be able to meet Kate Voegele at the end of the show. First 50 people who but a t-shirt or her album get a wrist band. Long story short we partied all night long and it was great. It was more then that it was perfect.
Two days ago New Music Live posted that Demi Lovato was going to be at the show. AT THE SHOW. I stopped breathing. ‘Oh heck to the yes, y’all! The one and only Ms. Demi Lovato is hitting New.Music.Live. for a FULL HOUR this Thursday, October 13! She’ll be here to chat with our NML hosts and take your audience questions about her new album Unbroken, her new videos and much, much more!’ That was announced on Tuesday. I immediately picked up the phone and started calling, as did my mother and my best friend Arielle. When my phone started to ring I let out the most attractive screech ever, seriously. The entire time that I was leaving the message on the machine with my name, phone number, tickets I needed, age, if I had some form of ID I was praying that I made no mistakes.
Yesterday was the longest ‘waiting game’ day in the entire world. I was sitting in class hoping my phone would ring telling me that I had tickets to see Demi. And waiting. And waiting. And waiting. And waiting. You get the point? I decided to go for a walk and went into a random classroom where students ended up going to chill instead of doing work. The moment I stepped foot inside my phone started to vibrate in my hands. I quickly picked it up and the voice on the other end let me know that I had two tickets to see Demi Lovato on Thursday.
Finally today came. I was going to see Demi f*cking Lovato for the first time ever. The first thing I did when I woke up was throw up in the toilet. I was so excited that I felt sick but I wasn’t going to make myself sick, I was going to see Demi if it was the last thing I did. I made sure to tell my teachers that I was skipping class that day because meeting Demi was much more important. They weren’t impressed.
As we waited in line to go into NML I realized that I hadn’t ate all day. Not the best thing to do especially when your idol had an eating disorder and never ate… I felt like I was being a hypocrite but when I tried to eat I felt like I wold puke. It just wasn’t happening. When we first entered the room I got a crappy spot. I wasn’t able to see the couch where Demi was going to be the entire show. I’d have to watch it from a television screen which I could do from the comfort of my house. Suddenly a bunch of screaming emerged from the audience. My other best friend Amy put my on her back so I could see Demi. I’m pretty sure tears were rolling down my face at this moment. A really sweet girl in front of my took my album cover of Unbroken and had it autographed for me. Then the show started so I returned to my spot by the rope. The entire time we were getting frustrated because Demi kept going outside to take pictures and sign autographs but not over to where we were.
It felt like forever but finally Demi came right over to where I was and I got my picture with her. I MET DEMI LOVATO TODAY! No we didn’t get to talk but if you’ve ever been to Much Music you’d know that’s not the atmosphere for having a heart to heart with a celebrity. Despite that it was the best day of my life and no one will change that.