So I have to do a research paper for my class on inspiring individuals so I chose Alex Gaskarth. I thought I would use this blog to help with it. One part of my paper is supposed to say how he has inspired others. That’s where I need your help! If Alex has inspired you or changed your life in any way feel free to message it to me so I can use it as a quote in my paper. i will credit you appropriately and if you want I can post i to this blog to just let me know! It would be great to get a few or a lot to put in my paper and show how amazing he really is.
ahhhkay so at warped i wanted to crowd surf during dear maria which is the last song they play obviously so i asked someone to help me up like halfway through the song but i didn’t get very far and people were getting kind of annoyed (oops) and the song was really almost over and i basically begged the kid next to me to help me up and he finally did. so anyway i got over the barricade after the song was over and alex and jack we’re like “thanks for coming we love you blah blah” so i was walking back and i realized that alex was standing right at the edge of the stage and i ran over and put my hand up for a high five and he bent all the down and high fived me. that was so insane and i started walking away not even paying attention to where i was going because it was all so surreal and suddenly JACK is walking right toward me. he went off the stage to go by the crowd and he was walking back so without even thinking i like grabbed him in this big bear hug and he hugged me back and patted my back ahhhigvbjkv
Anyone going to the New York City show on November 18th!? I’ll be there. I will probably submit my own experience from then since I haven’t done one for Warped tour and the cd signing.
You guys should definitely submit your stories about the shows you’ve been to on this tour and/or cd signings from last month!!! I’ll definitely be telling Alex to check out this page at the signing so maybe he’ll read yours!
This one was submitted back in August of 2011! The person seems to have changed their URL so i can’t credit them so if it’s you let me know!
October 27, 2010 Minnesota
When I went to the MSP tour, I was lucky enough to have Listening Party tickets so I got to listen to songs from Dirty Work and meet the boys. I got hugs and pictures with all of them. The best part of the whole experience, though, was when Rian Dawson complimented me on my manicure and said, “I wish I was a girl so I could have a French manicure and people wouldn’t judge me.” Haha. Too cute!
Ok so for the longest time in my life I was just unhappy and felt like I didn’t relate to anyone and that no one got how I was feeling. That’s when I was self harming and just felt like I couldn’t stop. Then one day I hear “lullabies” by all time low and just started crying non stop. I listen to that song on repeat for a good two weeks. It made me feel like if I was gone people would care ya know. So I went and got like everyone of their songs and started listening to them and learned all there names and fell in love with all of them and I stopped self harming and just let my self drown in their music. now when I feel like cutting I go learn a song of theirs on guitar or just blar their music and it makes me feel so much better. I’m going to try and met them and tell them my story one day.
I know I'm supposed to share stories about how I've met them but no I've only dreamed of it. The song that really changed me was Weightless, just because it tells you that life may suck right now but the year has endless possibilities, and you're not getting any younger so you should take risks and live a little. I love them so much and that tank top is super cute. I've reblogged that photo 32 times and I hope that you consider me. <3
Don’t give up hope you’ll definitely meet them one day! That’s definitely what Weightless is about. I will!!
Okay so I don’t even know where to begin.Okay first off I won VIP backstage passes the night before my warped date and that just made me even more excited that I was already. But anyway when I got to warped I knew I had to get the poster so that I could enter the signing. So I ran like a mad man all around till I finally found the Kia tent. When I got there a man and a woman where handing them out and I shoved my way through the crowd of people around them and got one of the last ones. I was beyond lucky to have gotten one honestly but I basically had the whole morning to do whatever since the signing wasn’t till 3 and their set wasn’t till like 5 I think. So when it got to be around 2:45 I made my way to the Kia tent and got in the longest line ever and waited for about 30 to 45 minutes before the line actually started moving. So when I got to the front I went in my bag and grabbed the bracelets and the starbucks gift card I had. First was Jack he was giving everyone high fives and was smiling and asked how I was and me being really nervous said great and gave him the bracelet I made him but you could tell my voice was shaking really bad which made me really embarrassed. Next was Rian I handed him the Starbucks giftcard and bracelet and told him how i promised I would bring him one next time I saw him and he was like ‘OH! Thanks!’ and gave me a high five I wasn’t surprised he didn’t remember considering I told him that last year.Next was Alex, I was BEYOND nervous. I have the biggest crush on him so I was trying not to look nervous and when I got to him it felt hotter but I gave him his bracelet and he looked up at me and said thank you with the sweetest smile and after he signed my poster I said ‘thanks babe’ just to joke around and he smiled at me and laughed and after he laughed he looked at Zack and looked at me again and smiled once again making my heart skip a beat.It was priceless. Next was Zack, he signed my poster and I gave him the bracelet and he smiled and said thank you and I said ’ no thank you!’ and then walked away. I kinda chilled around the Kia tent till the boys were done signing and then they left. So I did a few things with my friends and went backstage for PTV and got a drumstick from Mike!But thats a whole different story.Then it was time for ATL’s set so I went backstage and actually got a pic with Rian when they were setting up and then I saw Alex and Tay holding hands while walking up to the tents in the back behind the stage and it was the cutest thing ever! So heres the thing with backstage. You have to be a ‘special guest’ to get back or you need to be chosen by some security guard. So after the boys went up on stage a man from the back came and told the security guard 8 people meaning only 8 people could be chosen to go back. So I ran up first and he chose me (THANK GOD) and I was kind of positioned to the right of Rian if you were facing the crowd. ATL DID AMAZING LIKE THEY ALWAYS DO. I felt as if I was the only one dancing backstage but I didn’t mind. I was super stoked when they played TRATB and was practically the only one backstage singing it (which made me feel good cause I felt I knew more lol) but anyway between songs Zack turned around and looked at me so I waved at him and smiled and then he waved back and smiled :3 At the end of weightless Rian on accident let go of his drumstick and it flew backwards landing in front of me! So I grabbed it as fast as I could and held on to it as tight as I could. When I looked at Rian he turned around and mouthed out the words ’ are you okay?’ i nodded to him and smiled and gave a thumbs up ensuring him I was fine which was really sweet that he wanted to make sure I was okay. So another thing about backstage is that you have to leave a song early so that the band can come off right when their set is done. When I was walking past Matt Flyzik some girl behind me pushed me right into him and I said I was sorry and I also said ‘i love you!’ but I guess he was in a bad mood cause he shook his head and pushed me away -.- (bitch, but i still love him) So after their set was done the boys came off and Alex stopped and took pictures with people and when he got to me we took our pic and then I looked up at him and said ’ I love you!’ and then he looked at me with the sweetest smile and said ’ I love you!…NO..I LOVE YOU’ which put the biggest smile on my face ever <3 So I then waited for the band to cool off a bit before I asked for pics because they looked exhausted. So after they cooled off Jack walked up to me and I asked for a picture and then asked for him to sign my wristband. But I guess Zack ran away or something cause he wasn’t there so I didn’t get a picture with him :/ So I wandered around with my friend Karo where the tour buses where for a bit and then decided to go see WATIC so we went backstage and unfortunately we were not chosen :/ so we hung around where the tents were. They did amazing though! and I loved that I heard Kiss Me Again live <3 So when Alex was walking off stage from singing kiss me again he saw me and stopped cause he saw I was waiting for him to sign something and he signed my wristband. But when he went to sign my wristband it was kind of odd. He held my hand and looked as if he was studying my hand for a good 10 seconds before he signed it. But after he did he looked at me and smiled and said ’ thanks sweetie!’ and walked away. I DIED. I turned to my friend Karo and started fangirling over the fact he said that to me and when I was fangirling she showed me her camera and she took a pic of him signing my wristband HOLDING MY HAND. So I was super stoked that I met him 3 times in one day.I will never forget that moment. It for sure beat all the other times that I have seen ATL. But one thing still confuses me…why did he say thank you to me? I should be the one thanking him cause hes saved my life.
So I couldn’t believe it when I managed to get m&g from THC. I cried, yes I cried like a baby. It was around a week before the actual gig when I found out so I’ll skip up to the day…
So on the day I decided I would go into Newcastle quite early just so I could hang with some friends because I knew I wouldn’t be able to find them inside with getting EE with the m&g. I think I got to the venue at around 11am. But anyway I just spent some time with my friends until they split the queue and I went into the m&g queue, I was shaking and still to this day I’m not sure if I was shaking because it was so cold, because I was excited or because I was nervous. Maybe a mix of all three. I found my friend who had came from Berwick and also had m&g and we stood in the queue together, I’m glad she was with me otherwise I probably wouldn’t have said anything to the guys because I’m so shy.
We waited around 20 minutes and then a guy came out to get us (it wasn’t Matt). When it was my turn to tell him my name he couldn’t understand me, it was so funny, everyone around us were like “she said her name’s JODIE!” the guy was just laughing and said “god it’s you northerners, I can’t understand you” eventually he clicked on that my name was Jodie and let me in. By this time I was super nervous. We had to queue on some stairs and then Matt took us into the actual venue. He gave his do’s & don’ts speech and then… They came in… I can still remember when they came into the room, a few people squeaked and squealed which I don’t understand but hey ho… Alex took these massive steps and yeah it was funny.
We decided to go to Alex first because I had something to give him… Basically on twitter a few months before the m&g I tweeted him saying “boiled potato, mashed potato or roasted potato?” And I really didn’t expect him to reply but he did… He said “Sweet Potato!”… Then I had this crazy idea to give him a sweet potato, and of course the people of twitter egged me on to do it so I had to… Getting back to the m&g… So we walked over to him and there was a few people talking to him and then it was our turn, my friend said hi and he remembered her because she had been to the Glasgow m&g too, then she said “my friend has something to give you and she’s been nervous about it all day” then he looked at me and I just wanted to die right there… So I got this sweet potato out of my bag and I could see him smirking as I was taking it out, then I gave it to him. I told him to read the tag (I had wrote the tweets on it) and he did. He started laughing and was just like “damn! you really gave me a sweet potato!” then he ran over to Colussy and was like “Colussy! I got a sweet potato!” Colussy’s exact reply was “you got a sweet potato… o.O” he was laughing too. Then Alex came back and myself and my friend got photos. He then went over to Rian and I swear he said “I just got a potato” or something and they were laughing. I’m so glad he found it funny otherwise it would have been a disaster. So then we went over to Jack, and weirdly I was the most nervous to meet Jack, I guess you could say he’s my favourite but I don’t really like saying that because well they’re all great… He spoke to my friend about mini eggs and shot glasses and I was just kinda smiling, but when we went over he turned to me and was like “HII!” and I awkwardly just replied with “hiii”. My friend got her photo then I got mine and asked for a hug, his hugs are the best! Then for some reason we thought the photo didn’t work so I asked for another one and he was totally fine with that, but it actually turns out both photos worked so yeaaah. Then we went over to Rian, he is so lovely! When it was my turn to get a photo with him my camera messed up which was a bit awkward but we got it to work and then my friend took a photo but it blurred so I was just stood there with my arm around Rian Dawson for a good couple of minutes while we took another photo… When I let go of him I got caught on his jacket, which was funny. Then we went to Zack, he was talking to one girl and then she left and we stood with him for a lil while and he explained to my friend that he had been drinking the Jack Daniels she had bought them on stage and she didn’t even realise! Zack is so lovely, and I’ve heard people say he doesn’t really talk much but he was so chatty this day! We got our photos and said goodbye. My friend had balcony seats so I said goodbye to her and then went to the barrier, I was just a little to the right of Alex. When I went up the barrier the girl I stood next to said “I’m saving this place for my friend” so I moved along a little bit and Evan was stood next to me… Evan Kirkendall! He turned to me and said “sorry I’m saving this space for my friends!” and spread his arms out over the barrier, I just looked at him and started laughing and he smiled. The gig was amazing. I managed to get We Are The In Crowd’s setlist and The Maine’s setlist so I was ecstatic! When the gig ended I was determined to get ATL’s setlist, I shouted of Evan but he didn’t hear me :( But then a guy walked along the front of the barrier and I shouted “excuse me! Could I have that setlist please” and he nodded and turned to the stage to get Zack’s setlist, asdfghjkl then he turned to me and as he was going to give it to me another girl put her hand onto it and he looked at me and he probably could see that I was like “D:” so he said “sorry she asked for it” then gave me it, I was so grateful! omg. I did hear the other girl say “ehh what the hell!” But I did ask for it so sorry other girl… Basically it was perfect, the whole day was perfect. Apart from the fact my lips look blue in my photos because I was so cold everything else was amazing and perfect and I wan’t to relive it. Sorry this is so long! But props to you if you read it all!
I met and saw them on July 26 at Warped. I was close to the front at the signing, so when the boys got there Jack smiled at me for 2 seconds and then when I got up there he said hey and smiled really big, shook my hand, and signed my paper. Then I gave him my note and he smiled and said thanks. Then Rian waved at me and signed the paper. Alex signed. Then Zack signed and smiled really big. I told all of them thank you and left. A couple of hours later was the ATL show and I was close to barricade but not quite, and I was behind really tall people and I could barely see so I asked this guy if I could sit on his shoulders and he said yeah. Then during Weightless I was kind of dancing while on his shoulders and I looked up at Jack, and he smiled at me and pointed. The rest of the show was great, too. Needless to say, my first ATL show was great.
Alright well I have been waiting 7 years to see them live. Literally every time they have been around my area Ive been gone or just had something crazy going on. Okay no more back story, I was determined to get as close as I could for their set, basically got to the front and I’m sorta 6’0” tall in a crowd of 5’0” girls haha well Jack comes over to Zack’s side of the stage where I was standing and he does this power stance haha and I’m pointing to him and he looks my way points back and motions his finger like come closer lol I was like ohh that wasn’t at me, then I notice literally everyone around me staring at me. I was basically in shock.
okay so fast-forward I knew their meet and greet was like an hour after their set ended so I climb over the barricade and rush over to the Kia Motors tent, the line was around 200 people deep and i heard it got to around 600. So I’m waiting in line and I had this feeling like I m not gonna met them its not gonna happen. Well its been an hour and I’ve met some people in the line with me and we can finally see the tent and Matt Flyzik is standing in the line. I was like damn he is trying to cut the line off, soooo we were a little sneaky and cut the line. So with that said the line ended up being cut behind us after all. we were the 10 people to meet them. I walk to Jack and Rian and mention that I’ve been a fan for 7 years and counting… Jack gives me a high five and then hold my hand while just smiling and looking at me while Rian is just smiling with his insanely white teeth it literally made my entire life haha :) Then I walk over to Alex and Zack and Alex gives me a high five and says hi and ya know Zack being all shy and stuff it was just I can’t even explain how it felt, to meet your heroes. it was just amazing.
Meeting All Time Low @ Warped Tour in San Francisco
So I got to the venue at around 7:30 and I was first in line with Jordan. We were hanging out and about an hour later a guy named Luke came up to the line and yelled out “I need about 15 volunteers to pack some bags and pass them out, and if you do a good job you get to go on stage with a band.” so I climb over the railing and raise my hand and he picks me and some other people, and he gives us all wristbands. We got in for free, didnt need our tickets and we didn’t get searched or anything. So we go in and we go to the tent and he picks Jordan and I to bring boxes to the tent, and on the way to the truck to pick up some boxes I see Rian. I scream out “Holy shit it’s Rian Dawson.” and he didn’t see me or anything so that sucked, but I’m glad I saw him. Anyway so we were packing these bags for about 2 hours and then we had to pass them all out. We passed them out until like 1pm ish and then we got to pick the bands we wanted to see. We could only choose 2, and one group of girls wanted to see Mayday Parade, and the other group (the one I was in) had to choose between Breathe Carolina and All Time Low. I was trying to convince them that we HAD to see ATL and they chose Breathe Carolina instead. I was about to cry so I put on my sunglasses and I was just quiet. So Luke looks at me and says, “Are you okay with that, Emily?” and I just shrugged and said it was fine. He knew I was upset, because I had went up to him about three separate times saying I wanted to see ATL and that he didn’t know how important it was to me. So he told me I can go up by myself with them and I flipped the fuck out. 2 other girls said they’d go with me and it was all fine and dandy, and Luke told us to meet him at 2:45.
So the girls and I went to watch Mayday Parade and they were perfect. But the crowd was insane, and someone stole my jacket and my poster. So that sucked, but then I went to the security guard with Amanda and we showed him our wristbands and he let us backstage. We got to watch Mayday Parade from the stage and we met Derek Sanders, who is the sweetest guy in the world. I was walking around backstage and I saw Josh Franceschi eating so I felt weird watching him but he was perfect and I couldn’t stop staring. So I just left because I didn’t wanna bother him. Then Luke sees us backstage and kicked us out, and we were kind of freaking out because we didn’t know what to do. So we went to the Kia Soul Rio Stage to see what we had to do to go on stage with ATL. The lady told us to go back to the backstage entrance, so we went back, knowing we wouldn’t be let back in. So we see a huge group of people going in and I grab Amanda, and we snuck in by blending in with the group. So we went over to the stage and I see Tay Jardine walking and I ask Amanda to take a picture of her and I, and I went up to Tay and she is so sweet. I was really intimidated because I heard she was a bitch, but she was extremely nice. I asked her for a picture, and we took one, and I asked her if she was going to be performing Kiss Me Again and she said yeah. I was so excited.
About 10 minutes passed by and I overheard girls saying “Oh my god, It’s Alex! Look! He’s right there!” and I turn around, and I see in the distance a tall guy in a white shirt with pink hair. I nearly shit my pants. So I grabbed a girl because Amanda ran off, and I asked her to take a picture of Alex and I. She agreed, so I went up to Alex and I was the only person with him. I smiled at him and I said “Oh my god hi. I love you so much, can I get a picture?” and he said “Yeah, I love you too!” and we took a picture and I asked him for a hug. We hugged and it was beautiful sadfjkadsf. He said “I like your hair!” and I died and said “Oh thank you so much, I like yours too!” and I walked away because I’m a fucking idiot and didn’t know how to handle the situation.
About 5 minutes passed by and then I saw Jack by the ATL tent. So I went up to him and asked for a picture, and we took the picture and I asked him for a hug and we hugged. I took a picture of him with about 5 other girls and he was such a cutie. Then I saw Rian walking by and I said hi, and he smiled at me. He has the whitest teeth ever holy fucking hell. I didn’t hug him or get a picture because he was in a rush. But anyway, I saw him again about 2 minutes later and I asked for a hug and he hugged me. He’s so sweet and just really adorable.
I was supposed to be the first one to go on stage, and about 15 other girls cut in front of me so Luke jumped in front of them and said “No! Stop!” and he let me back up. I had to climb onto the ramp, and I fell down, but I didn’t even give a fuck. I went up there and I had the best fucking view and it was absolutely amazing. Alex kept coming back to Rian and he would keep sticking his tongue out at him it was so cute. Jack licked Alex’s guitar, and I witnessed Taylex earlier too. Tay was trying to put his earphones on for him and he was teasing her and they were being all cute and I tried to get a picture but I was too late. sadkjfl
So after the set ended I rushed over to the Kia tent to get in line for the signing, and I was in line for a good hour and a half. I grabbed a poster and I bought a PUOSU album earlier that I wanted them to sign, so they signed both of them. Jack had a pink tiara on and I laughed at him and he smiled. Rian high fived me, and Alex recognized me from earlier and he waved at me. Then I got to Zack and he smiled at me and I asked him “Do you like California?” and he said “I love California!” and it was really awkward but he was so cute. It was amazing. Honest to god, the best day of my entire fucking life.
So I went to the Bamboozle concert at Six Flags in Arlington. Throughout the entire concert, multiple people had jumped on the stage and the performers would high five them or something. The security was getting pretty violent and getting really mad and the performers (especially All Time Low and Boys Like Girls) would grab the kid or tell the security to leave them alone. At the end of All Time Low’s set, lots and lots of people got on the stage and the boys seemed to be loving it. They were hugging people and having fun. Of course, the security flipped a shit and started macing people and pushing people off. I got super close to Alex and when the guard tried to pull me away, he reached out to grab me but the security guard took me away too fast. He pushed me off the stage and I sprained my ankle. Then the next thing I know, Alex is standing up and cussing the security guards out and telling them to leave us alone. This was the best experience of my life because any artist can talk and talk about how much they love their fans and stuff but it really takes guts to do what they did, getting banned from the six flags venues for the rest of the tour and risking their reputation. I felt so safe because they were their for me, and everyone. It was truly amazing to experience them doing something to save me from harm. They really showed that they cared and that is priceless. The feeling I got when Alex physically reached out his hand to help me was indescribable and I am the luckiest person in the world and he (along with the other band members) are amazing<3
Meeting All Time Low was honestly probably the best thing to have ever happened to me. We were all waiting in the venue after Flyzik gave us his little speech on touching and inappropriate touching and then like five minutes later the door opened and in came Zack! Of course, everyone went a little crazy over the first arrival and my friends and I went straight over to Zack. I got my JAGK postcard signed and then got a photo, but my camera broke! D: This meant my friend had to find her camera and take it on hers which meant I had to stay with my arm around Zack for like five minutes (i can’t complain, his coat was so cozy to be snuggled into!) and then we moved onto Rian. Rian’s teeth were perfect, as usual. We got our stuff signed, and then we had our photos whilst Rian acted a little bit crazy through shouting hi at Flyzik for what appeared to be no reason- it was funny :’)
Next we moved onto Jack who was completely random as usual- he stroked my friend’s coat and told me I was really rude to her, to which we explained our love-hate relationship to him. He was like ‘wow, okay!’ and then moved on to trying out his best British accent which made my almost cry with laughter, and then he complemented my celebratory dance when i got the camera to start working properly. When I got my photo with him, my friend took two photos- one of me and him normally and one of me kissing him on the cheek. THAT’S RIGHT, I KISSED JACK ON THE CHEEK. It was a pretty perfect moment in my life, and I have photo evidence! Then Alex decided to announce his desperate need to pee, so we ran over to him. I got the worlds best hug, a fabulous photo, a signature and a small ‘thanks for coming out!’ conversation and also a warning during the hug that he might pee on me. Omg it was just perfect, and the show pretty much matched it up in perfection.
omfg not even joking, meeting all time low last night was so perfect. I almost burst into tears when they walked in the door for meet and greet haha! I got them all to sign my t-shirt and got photo’s with all of them and got hugs from all of them and then Jack tweeted me this morning asdfghjkl The show was so perfect too, i was right up against the barrier infront of zack for the whole night and he kept looking at me and John from the maine pointed at me during one of the songs and was like ‘yes, and you’ omfg i went mental! Alex’s voice was perfect the whole way through, Jack was forever making sex jokes and just being perfect jumping around and climing on things and touching alex hahaha! Zack is the cutest person ever omfg and Rian is just the best drummer ever!! oh and i cried during remembering sunday lol awk.They are the best band i have ever seen live and can honestly say it was the best day of my life!!
Well this isn’t a full band show but I was lucky enough to have my Tuesday lab cancelled for Thanksgiving break so I could go up to New York City to spend the day with friends and see an intimate little acoustic sesh with none other than Alex Gaskarth. The day didn’t start off as planned because I planned on getting into the city by 9 but I overslept and missed the megabus, but I met my friend in the city and we made it standby on a 10:30 bus. There was a lot of traffic and I was having some nerves, but we made it into the city and to the venue around 1:40.
The line wasn’t as long as I anticipated and I met up with friends, and we basically passed the time talking about past shows and future plans and tumblr and all that good stuff. I missed the Summer Set who was also performing that day and I wasn’t the biggest fan of the Ready Set and I didn’t feel like leaving the line to stay him. Eventually it got to be 5 and they let us in. I was in the second or third row in Alex’s line of sight, pretty much and when he walked in the vibe was pretty chill. It was very relaxed and intimate, even though everyone was excited. He started with Dear Maria, which I was surprised with and when I asked him about it, he retorted jokingly and it made everyone laugh. He played Dear Maria, Remembering Sunday, part of Let it Roll, part of Lullabies (both of which made me cry for different reasons), Teenage Dirtbag, an acoustic version of Do You Want Me (Dead?), and Running from Lions.
He sounded great considering he was sick a few days ago and he just looked happy and it was a really great experience and I was a glad I was a part of it. He signed for everyone afterwards, and I talked to him a little bit about the Poughkeepsie show and I thanked him for calling out security because they were really rough with crowdsurfers, and he said it was no problem and he was glad I was okay. I asked him about the Syracuse show and he said he was stoked and that was it. My friends and I had all met him multiple times so we all kept it brief. We got a picture and he signed the one of me crowdsurfing as waldo and that was that.
My friend and I had some issues getting home, but other than that it was a perfect day and I don’t think I could have been happier.