Madelyn Watson and her adventures with My Chemical Romance
Chapter 1-Warped Tour 2006
I walk with Victoria to the My Chemical Romance concert. I take in the scenery: all of the RVs parked here. Some are stately, some are black with the band's logo across the front, others are just plain, like mine. I'm here because I write songs and I write songs and I thought seeing the bands live would give me inspiration. At least, that's what I told Victoria. She doesn't believe me, though. She knows I just came to see Black Veil Brides and My Chemical Romance live. Especially My Chemical Romance. My favorite song by them is "Helena (So Long & Goodbye) and I have even written a few songs inspired by them. When we got there, the lead singer, Gerard Way, comes out and the crowd erupts. They start with "Teenagers" and when he sings, "All together now!" the crowd starts singing,
"Teenagers scare the living shit out of me.
They could care less as long as someone'll bleed.
So darken your clothes,
or strike a violent pose.
Maybe they'll leave you alone but not me!"
Then they sing "Welcome to the Black Parade" and near the end, he looks at me. I mean, he's still singing, but he looks directly at me. I turn around to see if he's looking at something behind me, but he's still looking. When the concert is over and people start to leave, I go to the stage to see if Gerard is still there. "Madelyn!" Victoria says, "Where are you going?" "I'm going to get Gerard's auto!" I reply, holding up my backstage pass. "His car?" she asks. I face-palm. I wish she was kidding, but she isn't. "No! His autograph!" I say. "Oh." she says. She goes back to the RV because she doesn't have a pass. I show the security guard my pass, let a few people through, and only take a few steps when Gerard and the band's guitarist, Frank Iero, approach and Gerard asks him, "See, doesn't she look like Helena?" "She does!" Frank says, examining my face. "Wait, Helena is real?" I ask. But my question isn't answered because Mikey Way asks, "Who looks like Helena?" Ray Toro follows him as they make a group around me. "What's your name, sweetheart?" Gerard asks me. "Madelyn. But most call me Summer." I say, my face turning kind of pink from him calling me sweetheart. Like Haymitch Abernathy calls Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games . "What are you here for, Summer?" Frank asks, "Autograph, picture?" I hold out a piece of paper and a pen to Gerard, but he pushes it back. "I think I've heard of you," he says, "and I want you to join the band." "Really?" I ask. "Really?" Ray, Mikey, and Frank ask. "Hells yes!" Gerard says, "You've written some pretty good songs, so I think we would need someone like you."