We're sharing a special featured blog from Idiot Nation member embug17. She was one of the lucky winners of the Broadway Idiot screenings at the Berkeley Repertory Theatre. Read her blog below. Enjoy!
It was Saturday, May 4 th 2013, I was hitting the road on to a thrilling, spontaneous adventure. Berkeley bound, to see a screening of Broadway Idiot at the Berkeley Repertory. I was in deep fantasy of what this night may have in store. Thoughts of possibly meeting the guys, entered through my mind. We were going to be in Berkeley after all. We, being my mother and I, who was stoked to see the show as well. We figured we wouldn’t be surprised if the bay area boys made a grand appearance. We could only hope. Time flew, as we entered the chill and the fog of the town. Will call tickets were in my hand. All systems go! We were ready.
As I walked through the doors of the theater, the warmth consumed me. Total comfort at last, from being outside, feeling the slight sting of the cold. The lobby of the theater was gorgeous. I walked around, as I heard the divine anthems being played from the sacred, American Idiot album. The vibes were all excited for the night. I could feel it. It would not be long before I would see how a treasure was all created. I couldn’t help but reveal a delighted grin. It was such a radical feeling to know that this theater, was where the production started. The home roots of a mighty success that made its way straight to Broadway. Stellar!
As I was roaming, and scoping out wicked foot wear with the striking hand/ heart grenade, my eyes also stumbled upon beautiful, black lochs. Dread locks, in a updo to be exact. I did not have to look twice to recognize that enchanting individual. Adrienne Armstrong was there. Chilling out with friends on the stairs up to the theater, I see the youngest Armstrong boy, Jakob Armstrong!
Eight o’ clock finally came around. As we were settling in to our seats of the theater, my mom and I recognized people that were in front of us in line at Green Day’s home show in Berkeley, on April, 16 th ! So cool to run in to sweet souls again!
I was gripping my hands together in anticipation, and excitement. The documentary burst on to the screen. The volume was loud and powerful, and my soul immediately felt levitated. I felt this surge of love go through my being. I could imagine my eyes were in a total, happy gleam. There were many moments where I felt my eyes fill with tears, the emotional impact, from the brilliant story being told.
Walking out of the theater, I undeniably felt moved. My heart was touched, as well as spinning with the pure love I have for the band. The pure love the band gives back to me, and so many other people. I can’t stop thinking about how phenomenal of an experience this musical gave to all the actors and actresses involved. How inspiring the musical was to so many people on so many levels. American Idiot, without a doubt, is gold. What a piece of art, to be able to branch out on so many different dimensions, all from one story. A story that can connect to people’s lives in all sorts of ways. A story, that clings at many hearts.
It was time to head back to the car. On our way out to the car, I exchanged quick goodbyes with Adrienne Armstrong. Her presence was so sincere, and felt so warm. She has a beautiful, kind, infectious spirit. I still can’t get over how stunning she is. Her hair… I love it.
Although we did not get to meet or see Billie, Mike, Tre, or Jason, it was still so cool to see Adrienne and Jakob. As I was sitting in the car on the way home, my mind was replaying the whole night. The film was absolutely incredible. I started thinking about how much this band truly means to me. One out of the many things I love about Green Day is that they put their hearts and souls into everything they do. All of their passion is always there. They are true performers. I love how Billie Joe stresses that life is not a party, but a celebration. I love how Billie Joe cries out that everyone is alive. Alive is how I feel listening to their lyrics, which involve so much true relation to my life. Green Day has let me vent, and has helped me figure myself out during this crazy “late teen crisis” I have been feeling. I have met so many extraordinary friends through this band, which I find so special.
One of the many things I want to do in this unpredictable lifetime is to tell the guys of Green Day, personally, just how much they mean to me. Dreams can come true, they say. I want them to know the affect they have had on me, and so many others I know. They have helped so many people, as I, through so much. That is the truth. I love them all dearly.
Before I close, I want to thank Idiot Nation for this amazing opportunity. You guys put up awesome contests! Thank you for everything that you do for us all! For all of us Idiots! It is seriously one, big, happy family on this site. Speaking of, I have met a lot of sweet Green Day fans through Instagram! You are all welcome to follow me! @embug17.
That goes for you as well, @bj_unoxx , @mike_dosxx, @treleparc, @jw_cuatroxx, and @jeffmatika (Okay, so I can dream again, right?)
Rage and love forever, XX
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