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Halestorm is my all time favorite band in the entire world. I was 15 and I had bought concert tickets and VIP to their concert on 4.21.13. I had been waiting for this day forever, a few days before the concert, my friend told me that they were doing a CD signing at Zia Records so I freaked out and my guitarist and I went. I waited in store for 5 hours just to meet them. Arejay Hale (drummer) complimented me on my hair and I complimented him on his. I told Lzzy Hale (vocalist/rhythm guitar) that I was a singer as well and wish I could cover every one of their songs and she told me they weren’t that hard and winked at me. And then I started talking to Josh Smith (bassist) and Joe Hottinger (guitarist) about my guitarist and we were laughing. I told them that I would see them tomorrow at their M&G and they said okay and we left.
The next day, my dad and I were going to the concert that I had a VIP for. My dad didn’t though. Halestorm has coolest merch girl, Detroit. She told the security guard to let my dad because I was a minor and he seemed chill. I was first in line and when Halestorm walked out they go “Hey Maya! What’s up?! Long time no see right?” I had them sign my Halestorm phone case that I had custom made, they gave me a hand written paper with lyrics to “Freak Like Me”, they signed my VIP laminate and then I got to take a selfie with them. I got early entry because VIP and I was at the very front. During the show I was on the side with Joe and he gave me a pick, the Monster that he had and didn’t want to drink, and at the end of their set he gave the setlist to the security guard and said “Give this to Maya” and pointed at me. This day was one of the best days of my entire life.