Justin Townes Earl (at The Melting Point)
WELL THIS EXCHANGE IS ADORABLE AND AWESOME
Okay, I know this isn’t Ed-related, but I’m still so excited about this that I just really wanted to share with everyone. Please forgive me!
I went to my first Frank Turner concert on Sunday night. Frank is an English folk/punk musician I actually discovered through being a fan of Ed Sheeran - back in April, right after Frank’s most recent album Tape Deck Heart was released, someone posted the video for his single [Recovery] in the Ed Sheeran tag and said if you were a fan of Ed, you’d probably also like Frank. I’m not sure if that would be true for everyone or not, but I know I was hooked immediately! Frank has a lot of music, and I’m still a pretty new fan so I don’t know all of it yet, but I love just about everything I’ve heard. Same as with Ed. :)
My mother surprised me with tickets to see Frank when he came to Atlanta. She wanted to go with me because she likes Frank too, but she ended up needing to have surgery three days before the concert date, so I ended up taking my sisters instead even though only one of them had heard any of his music (I’d made her an Ed Sheeran CD and put a few of Frank’s songs on it). But both of them fell in love with Frank at the concert! No, really. My sister Amy actually turned to me during one song and said, “I’m in love with him.” Which is… totally understandable to me.
The venue only had a capacity of about 1200, and because it was so small, and because I’d heard that Frank sometimes liked to meet fans after his shows, I figured I might have a shot at getting to say hi. So I did that (creepy?) thing I do when I think I might get a chance to meet someone I’m a fan of: I made him a doll. The thing is, I’m really shy in person - especially if I’m around someone I like - and so it’s hard sometimes for me to go up and start a conversation with someone, but I’ve found it makes it a lot easier if you have something to give to the person. Plus I’m pretty good at crocheting, and so far I’ve never met anyone who doesn’t think it’s kinda cool. :) The doll is carrying a shovel and wearing the outfit Frank wears in his video for the song [The Way I Tend to Be], which is currently my favorite song from Tape Deck Heart. I was also going to make the sandwichboard sign from the video, but I misjudged the amount of time it would take to crochet everything, so I didn’t get a chance… I actually sewed the head and arms on the doll and made the shovel in the car on the way to Atlanta on the day of the concert!
We got there about half an hour before the doors opened. I wasn’t sure we’d be able to find a good vantage point for the concert because it was general admission, and the last several genad shows I’ve been to were pretty hardcore in terms of people showing up super early to be in the front, but everything was really laid back. I got the feeling that most of the people there had been to a lot of Frank’s shows before. And I met some really cool fans! Everyone wanted pictures of and with the doll, just like when I made the doll for Ed last year, so I got to talk to a lot of people but didn’t really have to initiate any conversations, which was great. I met this one awesome fan named Nicole who was just about the nicest person ever! She was at the barrier for the whole concert, but I decided not to stay in the pit even though I could have been at the front, because some of Frank’s fans like to mosh and crowd surf, and I’m getting a little old for that, heh. So we got some seats on the second row of the seated section, right beside the stage.
The concert was phenomenal. Frank is such a wonderful performer! I’m not going to go into a song-by-song review or anything like that, but he was so energetic, and he knew exactly what to do and say to get the audience eating out of his hand. During his quieter songs, people were s i l e n t even without him having to ask them to be, and during his louder songs, it was a dance party in the pit! There was a bit of crowd surfing and moshing like I’d thought, and I do think a couple of people got mashed against the barrier or kicked in the head, but it wasn’t all that bad, and even Frank walked out into the audience onto people’s hands and shoulders while he was singing (that’s what the blurry picture is). It was really cool, although I have to say I was scared for him because he had hurt his back really badly right before the tour started - he was wearing a back brace under his shirt - and I was worried he might fall and hurt himself even worse. :/ He was okay, though.
After the show, which was amazing, I went to talk to Nicole again. She was still at the front, and she had gotten one of the setlists. And she gave it to me! She said she already had one, and she wanted me to have it since it was my first Frank show and I’d made an awesome doll and all. How cool is that? She just took a picture of it and handed it to me. :D Then we went out to the lobby area and met one of the guys from the first opening act, Koo Koo Kangaroo. He was super nice, and he kinda flipped out when he saw the doll. He actually grabbed it from me so he could take a picture of it, going, “Frank is gonna love this!” I asked him what would be the best way to get it to Frank, and he said that Frank would come out to meet fans and we should just go stand outside wherever there was a big group of people waiting. But then he said that Frank has to do physical therapy for about an hour after each show because of his back, so we’d have to wait for a while.
My sisters are both college professors and had to teach early on Monday, so they didn’t want to hang around that long to wait for Frank to come out. I thought we were going to have to leave, but then Sara realized she had locked her keys in the car! We had to call my dad to come bring her an extra set, and it was going to take a while, so we ended up waiting anyway. It was fate, I tell you! :) After we’d waited outside for a while, Frank’s drummer Nigel came out and spoke to some fans. He was really nice, and he signed my setlist (you can’t see in the picture because it’s on the right side of the list while Frank’s signature is on the left). He thought the doll was really cool, and I told him I was planning to give it to Frank, and he said that Frank might come out in an hour or so, but that he was doing his physical therapy. I didn’t think we’d still be there at that time, so Nigel offered to give it to Frank with any message I might have for him. I felt like a huge dork since I didn’t actually have any message for him, so I just said, “Tell him… I thought he did a great job tonight.” And I wrote down my twitter name and gave it to him. So he took the doll and said, “I will place this directly in Frank’s hands,” and went back inside.
A few minutes later, some other fans squealed and came over to me, going, “You were the girl who made the doll, right? FRANK JUST TWEETED YOU.” And one girl showed me [the tweet] on her phone, and then we all stood around flapping our hands… or maybe that was just me… In any case, it was really cool! And a guy who had just been hanging out backstage came over and showed me some photos he had of Frank playing with the doll and told me that the whole band had been playing with it and like, making it do the therapy moves that Frank has to do for his back. xD
Our dad was about to show up with Sara’s spare keys, so we walked away from the rest of the group - there were only about 10 other people there - to wait for him on a street corner where he could easily see us. It was pretty late by then, especially considering I had a two and half hour drive home. But a couple of minutes later, Amy turned and said, “Wait, is that Frank?” And it was! He had come out to speak to the fans who were left. So we went back over and got to talk to him! My sister was all, “She made the doll!” pointing at me, and he goes, “Oh, Daisy?” xD (In related news, I probably need to change my twitter name to my real name. Or my real name to Daisy.)
Frank was really tickled about the doll, which made me so happy. He kept hugging me. :D Sara took a picture right at the end of one of the hugs, but it looks really stupid so I’m not posting it. Frank was like, “Oh, that won’t be good! Let’s take another.” We actually talked to him for a few minutes, and he was just incredibly nice! He said he had to fly back to the UK for a couple of days and that he’s taking the doll home and he’s got a little niece he was thinking of giving it to, although he really wants to keep it for himself, and he told us a little bit about his doctor, and about modifying his dancing on stage so he won’t hurt his back - he actually demonstrated the difference, which was really funny - and he personalized my set list, and took pictures with all three of us, and said knitting was something that boggles his mind because it’s basically making something out of nothing and he wouldn’t even know where to start (his exact words were, “How the fuck?”) and I didn’t correct him every time he said knitting because at this point, I have realized that men will never, ever know the difference between knitting and crochet, and it doesn’t really matter anyway. :) I don’t know how to knit, though.
My dad’s truck pulled up right as we finished talking to Frank, so it was perfect timing. My sisters and my dad have all accused me of locking Sara’s keys in the car on purpose so we could meet Frank, and even though I didn’t… I probably would have if it had occurred to me, heh. It was such a perfect night, though! Amazing show, wonderful people, and I actually got to speak to an artist whose music has been in my life every day for the last eight months!
And he’s much closer to my age than Ed is, so it felt a lot less creepy!:) I’m sorry I’ve rambled on for so long about a musician y’all aren’t following me to get updates on, but like I said, I’m just so excited that this happened, and I’m so happy right now, and I’d really love for everyone to check out Frank’s music!
And just to make this more Ed-related, [here]’s a link to a post very similar to this one except that it’s longer with more pictures and I wrote it about the first time I met Ed Sheeran and gave him a doll. If you’re interested, feel free to read about my fangirling from September 2012. :)
this is so cute
What a cute doll! And what an amaaaaaazing show!