This is going to be a long one...
First of all, I’m flying from Salt Lake City, Utah to Detroit, Michigan to see The Last Call Tour, if that can’t sum up how much they mean to me, I don’t know what can.
It's hard to put into words what Every Avenue means to me and how much they have truly impacted my life. They've brought me closer to my sister, ignited friendships, and made me feel like I do belong somewhere.
Me and my sister haven't always gotten along the best, but there is one they we can agree on, music. It's amazing to share that love and passion with her. Every Avenue is without a doubt, one of our favorite bands. When we heard they were going on hiatus, we were crushed, especially that The Last Call Tour was not coming anywhere near SLC. We both instantly decided that we would fly to a show. We picked Michigan in hopes of seeing two shows, Detroit and Port Huron, not to mention on their home turf!(; I have been lucky enough to see Every Avenue four times, but she has yet to see them. It would mean the world to me for her to be able to meet the boys. It would make emptying our savings accounts for this adventure, just that much more worth it.
That brings me to what I admire most about Dave, Josh, Jimmie, Matt, and Dennis. That is their love and appreciation for their fans. The first time I met Dave in 2010, he kindly introduced himself and asked what my name was. He was so willing to have a conversation with me (and everyone else) when he had a huge line of people waiting to meet him. These boys are ALWAYS out meeting fans out after shows. They honestly don't know how much that means to me.
My most memorable experience at one of their shows, was at their Co-Headliner with We Are The In Crowd in February. When the boys went to come back on stage for their encore, the venue had turned the power off on them, to rush the crowd out the doors so they could open the club. Dave stayed put on that stage and played that encore, just him and his guitar, no lights, no mic, no amps. It was one of the most amazing moments in my life. I was overwhelmed with a feeling of gratefulness, and knew that was exactly why I loved this band so much.
If that wasn't enough excitement for the night, the venue then threatened to call the cops on Dave for "trespassing" for staying in the venue to take pictures and talk with the fans. The security started to literally push people out of the venue and Dave stood up for them. The whole band was then kicked out of the venue, without their phones, jackets, etc, all of it left in the venue and greenroom. As everyone waited for the cops to show up, was the band freaking out? Or leaving? No, they were taking pictures and talking to everyone. I have yet to see another band so dedicated to their fans. It was amazing to see just how much they cared to play that encore for us and to meet us.
I have spent countless amount of hours waiting in line (I'm short and like to know that I will be able to see from the front) for shows, street teaming (pushing a single for radio, hanging up poster for tours and cd releases), I've made lifelong friendships because of them. One of those friends moved 2000 miles away to Georgia and our motto is "'Cause this is see you later, I'm not into goodbyes." Hell, even my mom and dad love Every Avenue!
So, to say the least, it would literally mean the world to win those meet and greets. For my sister to be able to meet them and for me to be able to thank them for the amazing impact they have had on me.