I’ve been putting this off for so long. Talking about this makes me so damn happy and emotional. I’M EMO OKAy.
Anyway, long story short I met Frank Iero and it was certainly a highlight in my life. Now if you want to read my novel on what happened and how it happened, you can keep reading.
I remember it was the 28th of January at 14h09. How do I remember this? I was recording myself playing Party Poison by My Chemical Romance and I got a notification that Frank was coming to Paris. That video is way too embarrassing (it’s 7 minutes long and is basically me freaking out, forgetting the camera was still recording…) So I found out Frank FREAKING IERO was coming to Paris and I was already thinking about how I could possibly go. Comparing prices for trains, buses, planes from different places.
Passing the boring stuff, I was allowed to go and I would be staying at my friend’s (Lucia!) house. Dream come true. I put a counter on my phone counting down days. 102…101…100…99…98 days… It was bad, guys.
Took the plane, got to Paris, went to sleep, woke up AND WE WERE ALREADY TAKING THE METRO TO THE VENUE.
I’m reliving the experience while writing this it’s very exciting.
It’s around 8h and I already only 12th in line. A group of girls from Spain got here at around 3 in the morning… In London people also camped to see him play his sold-out show. Crazy.
Then there isn’t much to say. Our other friend Rachel came to join us a few minutes after and we just waited all day. Another girl I knew (Elias) from social media also came to see us. She’s from the south of France (on the right!).
We had food to keep us alive and Starbucks’ restroom so it was okay. We sang songs (I KNOW IT’S SO ANNOYING IM SORRY @ EVERYONE WHO WAS THERE), watched concert footage, talked about the band who must not be named, recent Bob Bryar controversy and how Frank Iero is a literal angel sent from the heavens.
Originally originating (whew) from an inside joke about the incredibly difficult name of the band (frnkiero andthe cellabration) we decided to take it to a new level and make shirts of our misspelling (fronkehro enduh selubrusion). I contacted the drummer and told him about the shirts (cos we found it funny) and he actually wanted one which was super cool. So we made one for him! Rachel also sent the picture to Frank and he favorited the tweet. We’re so rad.
The tour bus arrived at around 15h if I remember correctly and they were pretty late. As soon as they arrived, Matt came out to smoke and so I hurried up to him to give him the shirt. He was really sweet and pretty happy about it! It was cool because half the people going didn’t know about him so nobody was crowding around him and he was pretty accessible.
Then Evan (guitarist) came out and he is literally so cute oh my god
We talked to him about the tour and if he ever came to France before. He was so excited to walk around in the city but sadly they couldn’t in the end because they had an acoustic set planned and they came pretty late. He’s an awesome dude.
Cara also came out (their merch girl) and she was so cute and funny. They were all so cute. AHHHHH. When I was actually getting merch before the gig, she recognized me from the shirt which was so cool! It’s my legacy now, probably.
Now this isn’t someone from the band but also another fan! Shaz is a very sweet woman and she came from England with her husband to see FIATC in Paris. I knew her from Twitter too and I recognized her shoes (which surprised her! but I mean, it’s her profile picture so I took a wild guess!).
At this point everyone in the band and the supporting acts were out except Frank. He then was escorted by our good friend Paolo (which should calm down a little in my opinion…he’s not very nice) to soundcheck. We didn’t have time to meet him then but someone in line gave him a kinder and he took it, shaking the guy’s hand and repeating him “thank you so much!” which was, super cute. Side note, everyone knows this but Frank is actually so small! I knew this of course but it’s so much different when he’s actually in front of you. He’s a 33 year old 1m68 punk kid.
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Okay, back on track. They played soundcheck, then Frank came out again and directly hopped into a van to the acoustic set (which we didn’t win tickets to) and just before going into the van again he saw the guy who gave him the chocolate and he thanked him AGAIN. SCUTe.
I got a picture of him but it’s blurry FASTFORWARD. Acoustic set is done. Frank goes back inside, we wait another 30 minutes and they start getting us into the venue. I want to note I was actually quite upset about how far we were from the stage (3rd row). We were still close to him, for sure, but a LOT of people cut queue and instead of being 12 we were like, 25. A particular group of girls were very rude about it. This makes me a bit angry. Anyway look where I wassss
We got our merch before the show started. There were two opening acts. Axis of and The Homeless Gospel Choir. The latter made me cry (and is making me cry looking up videos of him). He was so so great. The crowd was so into it, everyone was singing along and laughing. Just look at the beginning of this video. The crowd is laughing and it’s so touching. Helps that this song is particularly funny! During his set, Derek mentioned that all proceeds from the sales of his vinyl record would be donated to an organization called Pittsburgh Action Against Rape (PAAR) which is a great cause. I really appreciate bands and artists that use time between songs to say things that the crowd will remember and think about. He talked about how he didn’t fit in as a young boy and he how he will never be normal, and that’s okay. He talked about how some people just don’t fit in and how everyone should feel safe at punk rock shows. Kids need to hear this stuff. You should always feel safe and welcome at shows. My favorite song is probably “Normal” where Derek sings “I found my escape in that Green Day tape”. The crowd erupted in cheers, and possibly tears as well. His lyrics seemed to connect us all and it was a great experience.
Axis Of were also great but I didn’t enjoy their music all too much. Gaby (another friend I met online. She was on stage with Gerard Way in Paris!) made the lead singer say dumb things in french, it was funny! Can’t find a video of that though…
Then, a bit of a bummer, Ed has technical problems setting up Frank’s limited edition Epiphone Phant-o-matic. We lost about 30 minutes waiting for that and even when he came on, the problem wasn’t fixed. The worst thing about all this is there was a curfew so they had to cut down on songs… at least he catched up by playing stage four; fear of trying. He NEVER EVER plays that song live so it was a great honor. You can just watch the first ten seconds of this video. Everyone was so surprised and you can hear a girl scream “THANK YOU”. awe
GREAT GREAT CONCERT. The passion and love Frank has for music is so beautiful. He closes his eyes a lot and immerses himself so much. It’s so emotional. He didn’t talk a lot between songs but whatever he said stuck with everyone. He’s not a natural frontman, his voice isn’t technically great but he has something so special and it’s so different from all the other concerts i’ve been to. I feel like it creates a very friendly, peaceful and safe atmosphere. All my love for this guy, honestly. Whatever he does comes from the heart and that’s so pure.
To also excuse the fact they had to cut down songs he sang Joyriding in the crowd. Kinda sad he didn’t sing leathermouth cos that’s also one of my favorite bands and I LOVE IT. But this was still so great. How much closer can you possibly get to Frank Iero. Here’s my video!
And these are other people’s view of Joyriding. You can see me in both ahhh
OKAY BUT HE ALSO GAVE OUT WATER BOTTLES? WHAT KIND OF PUNK FRONTMAN DOES THAT IN THE MIDDLE OF A CONCERT? Side note, at the beginning of the show someone asked his manager Paolo for water and he said “we don’t have any” and walked away. While Frank gave a whole bunch to the crowd. SMH. Also I caught one and it’s in my room as I’m writing this. Yes, I’m the worst.
It ended so fast Anyways we go outside ASAP and we start waiting for Mr. Iero to come out of the venue to meet him. Good idea, he came out and we formed a line to see him. Oh my god he was so sweet. I probably won’t forget this, ever. He normally shakes everyone’s hand, signs whatever they want him to and thank them for coming, which was what I expected. I would’ve been so thankful for him just to shake my hand but it happened differently. I come up to him and I can hardly look in his eyes. I couldn’t form words very well. I forgot the entire english language upon laying my eyes on him. So I shake his hand, ask him if he could sign my stomachaches CD to which he replies “of course!” and takes it to sign but before doing that he pauses and asks me if I’m from France. OKAY SON? I CAN’T HANDLE YOU. To which I reply “no? i’m from switzerland!”. He looks surprised but proceeds to talk to me. I don’t remember his exact words but he spent a good 2-3 whole minutes (which is a lot, trust me) talking about his polish grandmother who came to live in France and how I reminded him of her. I couldn’t say ANYTHING. I was so speechless. Come to think of it I think he wanted to murder me because at the end he added “… and you look exactly like her when she was a young girl. you’re very pretty.” let me die please. And then he signs my CD, gives it back to me, smiles and I walk away. I DON’T REMEMBER IF I THANKED HIM FOR ANYTHING IT BOTHERS ME A LOT. Oh and I also gave him an engraved dogtag I made for him! He was so surprised. It’s a very personal experience and I love how he listens to you and how happy he looks. Someone stab me.
That’s it for the best concert of my life! Signed: Frank Iero’s Grandma
expect a follow up post about why i adore frank iero cos i am in love with him after writing this post and remembering all of this bye