This post is actually a few days over due but it took me a while to find the right words.
When I was 9 I was completely in love with Busted. At the time they were the biggest band in the UK. with hits such as Year 3000, and Crashed the Wedding, they had A LOT of girls falling for them.
I remember begging my mum and aunt to take me to one of their concerts (they didn't of course)
Then Busted started talking about two bands that were going to be their support acts for their upcoming tour. I remember buying their second album, A Present For Everyone, and there being a little flyer inside with the tour dates and supports. I've actually still got that flyer somewhere.
It wasn't until one morning in March 2004 (a few months after the album was released) that I first heard a song called Five Colours In Her Hair by a new band called McFly. And I instantly recognised them as one of the supports. They were very similar to Busted and so naturally me and my friends completely fell for them.
Busted were the first band that I'd ever really got into. But once McFly burst onto the scene something different happened. Once Busted spilt, I wanted to know more about them, made sure I watched every TV show they were on and brought a ridiculous amount of magazines purely for them. My parents had just spilt about a month before I heard their music, and looking back, I realise McFly became my much needed distraction for my parents divorce.
When I was 12, my aunt took me and one of my friends to our first concert -McFly at Wembley Arena.
Sunday night, I went -with my aunt again- back up to London, to the Royal Albert Hall to see them for my 11th time. It was the last night in a series of 4 extremely special 10th Anniversary shows.
McFly were joined by James and Matt from Busted on all 4 of these shows. Although they were missing one member, I didn't really care. (I've seen Charlie solo a few times and he has no interest in a Busted reunion) but with or without I got to see Busted live. I never thought I'd be able to say that.
I was shaking and crying -pathetic, I know- but this was the band that got me to so much today and who made me who I am. They introduced me to McFly, and I have no idea how to thank them for that.
There was a reson for every song on that set list. Not Alone, All About You, Five Colours, I'll Be OK and of course, The Heart Never Lies. Plus Tom made a cheeky little song called Mcfly: The Musical purely for those shows. Dougie played the organ and there were a ton of flashback videos.
By the end of the night I was an emotional wreck.
Yeah, McFly aren't as big now. There's younger artists doing different things now. But McFly are still a household name. And there are alot of hardcore fans of theirs.
I turned 20 a couple of weeks ago.
I've grown up with them. They got me through a lot of things over the past nine and a half years. I've watched them improve as musicians and grow into mature, handsome men.They're definitely one of the reasons why I'm still here today. I'm so ridiculously proud of those boys and I don't even want to begin to imagine what my life would have be like without them.
So Thank you Dougie, Danny, Tom & Harry. Here's to the next 10 Years.
I have just spent my first ever two days in Paris.
I've never been to Paris before, but hearing so many magical things about the city, I felt I needed to experience it for myself. And I am so glad I did.
As neither of us had never been before, and we only had two days there, we obviously decided to make sure we saw the real touristy spots -Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, Arc De Triomphe.
The Pont de l'archevêché was definitely one of my personal highlights. If you don't already know, it is a bridge where couples place padlocks with their names and the date on, lock them to the bridge and throw the key in the river Seine.
There's literally thousands of them locked there. So many that couples have started to lock their's to other bridges that run across the river.
Along the Seine there's also many wonderful little vintage book stores with nostalgic childrens book ,vintage fashion magazines and postcards and naturally thousand s of mini sounvier Eiffel Towers.
Champs- Elysses is home to a vast amount of beautiful shops that you rarely see if you're from a small town like me. It is quite possibly the most amazing street that I have ever seen.
We went down many small side streets and found tiny cafes, boutiques and antique stores. We tried macaroons from Pierre Hermes and tried our best to learn some french (we failed quite miserably!)
Before going home we made our way up the Eiffel Tower. If you are planning on going to Paris, you defiently need to exprience this. teh view is incredible breathtaking and you can really see why "magical things happen in Paris".
I'm not entirely sure what it cured exactly, but Paris has definitely cured something in me.
Next time I will go back for longer. Spend more time wondering down side streets, finding boutiques and antique shops. I'll do my best to learn more French and try and exprience more things Parisan.