Is it a crime for a grown woman to still swoon over her beloved boy band? If so, I should be arrested.
When I was 13 years old, I was with my cousin and she put on the CD. Their CD. My future infatuation: Take That.
Just the name would make anyone in the US laugh- I mean, what kind of name is that? No one here knows who they are. It’s the Europeans who know TT’s worth. They started as a boy band, and evolved into so much more.
When I was 15, two years after becoming a huge fan of their music, I came across a teen magazine article that said they were going to be in New York participating in a “New Star Showcase” for new talent. Of course, they weren’t “new talent” as they were HUGE in Europe for 5 years. I KNEW I had to be there. I ordered tickets and anxiously awaited the day. I purchased a flirty, plaid, mini skirt, had my afro blown out, and poured on the make up. I convinced a friend of mine to come with me. We took a cab to the city- since my mother refused to allow us to take the subway at night. I brought along two HUGE posters with me and pushed my way to the front stage. I remember them singing and I even got a smile from Mark Owen (my favorite at the time) because I was holding up a poster of him (they seemed to be surprised that they had US fans).
At the end of the show, the talent was signing autographs downstairs. This was my chance to proclaim my love for them, I thought to myself. Unfortunately, the entrance to the lower level (where they were signing ) was in the back- and I had pushed my way to the front of the stage- so it was a long trek. The line took about an hour, but I could finally see them and hear them! I was shaking. I was 5 people away from meeting them when security announced they were leaving.
WHAT- WAIT!!! No, they couldn’t leave- I was 2 minutes away form them!! But alas, they got up and were gone. I was hysterical. How could my luck have been so bad? There were others on the line who had met them that had pretty much NO IDEA who they were- and me a HUGE fan, not meeting them!? How unfair.
I refused to listen to their music for two years. It hurt too much.
They broke up shortly after the concert.
Help lines were set up all over Europe for teen girls who were devastated.
Then, two years ago- they got back together and are making amazing music- and winning many awards. Their concerts sell out in a matter of hours- much like the New Kids on the Block- of course, I am not comparing, as the New Kids SUCK.
All the teen girls who were in love with TT or KNOTB are now women in their late 20’s and 30’s who have money to now go to concerts and buy more CD’s.
I always tell my husband that if TT’s lead singer ever wanted me (Gary)- I would have no choice.
My dream in life is to meet them… how sad is that? How wrong is that!? I am a mother of two!
What or who still makes you feel like a teenage girl/ or boy? Come on people- fess up! I’m not alone!
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