Hug a Drummer: Have We Met Before?
I got VIP tickets in March of '16 with my best friend in Springfield, MO. It was my first time meeting anyone in the band. To state the obvious, I was shitting my pants. I mean they had just sound checked “Water Landing” AND what ended up being “Cop vs Phone Girl” like what do you expect? Then after that, I'm supposed to try and act cool to meet Brad and Stephan (?!?!). That's ridiculous. So, anyways, I'm losing my chill, practically frantic, when Brad comes up and gives me a look and asks if we've met before. My face probably lit up and I knew he was recognizing me from Twitter because I had been tweeting a ton recently and about going to that show. I probably still seemed like a crazy person but him saying that cut my anxiety level in half and he was just so sweet and patient. My friend was meeting Stephan at this same time so I didn't have anything on me for Brad to sign and they were both in such close proximity to me that I died, but then Brad took the time to come back after he'd met everyone else to sign my VIP pass. Ever since that day, Brad has just been the absolute best every time I see them. Even though in Oshkosh last summer, I asked him to sign my armband and he put his signature in black sharpie fairly largely on my arm instead. But I forgave him, he later politely apologized on snap chat and made my entire life.
One of the most rewarding parts of being a true fan of someone and their music is knowing for sure that they are aware of it. One of the most special parts of being a true fan is when the person you're a fan of takes the time to remember your name or to point you out in a crowd. Social media has made it easy for fans to be able to thank someone for their music or to praise a certain song or live performance and to show them how much you love them (if you're that person, like myself). It's another thing for whoever you're a fan of to reciprocate that same level of respect to you. Brad, I don't believe, ever fails at that. Not every fan in the world is that lucky.
I imagine it's really sucky to be disappointed when you meet your favorite people in real life but Brad would NEVER. I could gush about this all day, honestly.
Brad, thanks for being you. I will never stop trying to catch one of your drum sticks in the crowd or pretending to be you anytime I am in the vicinity of a drum set.