I'm pretty sure that everyone has that one band who has helped them overcome difficult situations in their life. For me, it has been a couple of bands and one of them is The Academy Is... My sophomore year of high school, my mom got diagnosed with pancreatitis and doctors had told us that she had a 50/50 chance of surviving her illness. My mom and I aren't super close but at that moment, I realized just how much I had taken her for granted. You only get one mom in this life and you have to appreciate it. The good, the bad and the ugly. During this time, I had no one to talk to, I couldn't talk to anyone in my family because I didn't want them to understand just how much I was really affected. So I turned to the one thing I did have: music. Putting The Academy Is...' albums on repeat during that time is what helped to calm me down and to be honest, they are what kept me sane during that time. I was depressed and constantly having suicidal thoughts because I didn't have no other option. In more ways than one, they pretty much saved my life.
One of the most amazing nights happened on March 29, 2009. I was finally able to see them in concert, even though it wasn't the entire band, it was still such a great night. I was finally able to see some of the guys in person who had pulled me from such deep depression and helped me move on with everything. I was also even able to meet the lead singer for the band, William Beckett. Ever since I started listening to them, he had been such an inspiration to me and he is also a musician I truly admire. That night, I had been waiting by the merch table waiting for him to show up and talking to another guy from a different band. I was just about to give up hope on meeting him when my friend tapped me on the shoulder and pointed behind me. When I turned, I didn't see anything different and after scanning a few of the faces, I was finally able to spot him. The one guy I had been waiting for years to meet. Mr. William Beckett. I'm not gonna lie, I started bawling when I saw him. I mean tears were coming down my face steadily. It was a dream come true, literally. I was able to get William to sign my belt and got a picture with him. As we were leaving, I asked him for a hug and almost started crying again. I remember telling him, "I have waited almost five years to finally be able to meet you." And he replied, "Aw, thank you. And thank you for coming, sweetheart. See you next time." He literally made my life right there.
I still remember that night like it was yesterday. Every year after that, I was always on the lookout to see if TAI would be coming back to Dallas. And in 2011, pretty much everything changed. I ended up stumbling upon a post on Tumblr talking about how they had split up and even though I wasn't sure yet, I started to cry. This was a band who meant so much to me, who had helped me so much. Now I was never going to be able to see them live, all of them together. After verifying that they had indeed split, I started looking into what the band members were now doing. Come to find out, William Beckett had gone solo! I was once again ecstatic. I started looking up his tour dates and found that he would be opening up for Relient K on their tour and that they would be stopping by in Dallas on Aug. 8, 2012, yesterday. I made it to that show because he was going to be there. And once again, it was such an amazing night. Not only was he amazing with a band but he was also amazing as a solo artist. His voice is just perfect. It also made my night when he played an old song from his band, The Academy Is... After his set, he said he would go and hang out with us in the lobby. After about 45 minutes of waiting, he came out and started signing/talking to people. I had so much I wanted to tell him but when it came time for me to talk to him, I completely froze. Everything that had been on my mind was completely wiped clean and I was fumbling for words. But he was still the same sweetheart from three years ago. Even though I managed not to cry this time, the floodgates where threatening to burst wide open. He signed my ticket and the other one I had for my friend. He also took a picture with me, not one, but two! Afterwards, as I was about to walk off, I remember telling him "At least I didn't cry this time." And he said I was doing a good job and gave me a hug.
I know this is a long entry but I had to get it out. Also, if you EVER get the chance to see William Beckett live, DO IT! You won't regret it.