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Team Colours part 7

 

That Night

 

Whoa…it’s going to be crazy…the venue is absolutely packed.  Marly told me not to be surprised.  A big international band like ours doesn’t hit their humble town very often.  Right now we’re sitting in the dressing room; Marly, Cassie, Carly and Sarah were with us.  They’d be going out to their seats soon.  They had front row tickets.   David had finally found his Jester hat and was fiddling with the bells on the ends of the floppy bits. 

“So, looking forward to the concert?” I asked Marly, expecting now would be the time she started to go all groupie on me.  She gazed at me expression serious then she cracked a smile.

“Yes…I am; have been for ages.  Since my birthday.”

“Oh?  So, the tickets to the concert were a birthday present?” I surmised.  She nodded in affirmation. 

“Yeah, it was a huge surprise…I was like…‘are you for real?’ it was funny really.  I’m a big fan of your band.  My friends would even hazard to say I’m obsessed…but then they haven’t seen me at a rugby game.”

I laughed at that.  “Will I find out what you’re like at a rugby game?”

“Yeah…tomorrow night…hope you’re ready for a wild time.” Marly smirked at me then glanced at her friends as they were already making their way to the main foyer to get their seats.  “See you after the concert.”

I nodded after her and moved after my band mates as we made our way to the stage entrance to begin the show.

 

[End Pierre’s P.O.V.]

 

My friends and I made our way to our seats just as the supporting act bowed out.  We were right up near the stage; we would be able to see everything perfectly.  I had my digital camera, which I was allowed because the Townsville Bulletin wanted pictures.  Checking to make sure the batteries were full I settled in my seat and waited.  We didn’t have long.  The lights dimmed and we could hear movement on the stage…then the lights flashed and the starting chords and cymbal sound of ‘Shut Up’ echoed through the Swamp.  Pierre, David, Seb and Jeff bounded to the front of the stage.  Pierre gripped his microphone in his hand and screamed into it.

“YO, TOWNSVILLE!  LET’S DO THIS!! 

 

There you go
You’re always so right
It’s all a big show
It’s all about you

 

You think you know
What everyone needs
You always take time
To criticize me

 

It seems like everyday
I make mistakes
I just can’t get it right
It’s like I’m the one
You love to hate
But not today…everybody!

 

So shut up shut up shut up
Don’t wanna hear it
Get out get out get out
Get out of my way
Step up step up step up
You’ll never stop me
Nothing you say today
Is gonna bring me down

 

There you go
You never ask why
It’s all a big lie
Whatever you do

 

You think you’re special
But I know and I know and I know
And we know
That you’re not

 

You’re always there to point out
My mistakes
And shove them in my face
It’s like I’m the one you love to hate
But not today

 

So shut up shut up shut up
Don’t wanna hear it
Get out get out get out
Get out of my way
Step up step up step up
You’ll never stop me
Nothing you say today
Is gonna bring me down

So shut up shut up shut up
Is gonna bring me down
So shut up shut up shut up
Is gonna bring me down…”

 

Pierre grinned at the audience and then stared directly down at me and winked as he spoke.

“This song is to all our critics and all the people who thought we’d go nowhere…sing along!

 

Don’t tell me who I should be
And don’t try to tell me what’s right for me
Don’t tell me what I should do
I don’t wanna waste my time
I’ll watch you fade away

 

So shut up shut up shut up
Don’t wanna hear it
Get out get out get out
Get out of my way
Step up step up step up
You’ll never stop me
Nothing you say today
Is gonna bring me down

 

Shut up shut up shut up
I don’t wanna hear it
Get out get out
Get out of my way
Step up step up step up
You’ll never stop me
Nothing you say
Is gonna bring me down
Shut up shut up shut up
Won’t bring me down
Shut up shut up shut up
Bring me down
Won’t bring me down
So shut up shut up shut up!

 

Woo!  That was…WOW!  You guys are amazing!  It’s great to be here in hot…sunny Townsville!  This is our first time here…right, David?”

The crowd was yelling out to the band members.  It was amazing how many Simple Plan fans there actually were in our small city.  It surprised me.  I chuckled as David responded to the vocalist’s question.

“Yeah, our first time…ever!  And it f***ing rocks!” 

“Rocks like a boat…” Seb added his two cents.  David laughed then glanced at Pierre.

Hey Pierre, do you have a boat?”

Yes David, I have a boat.”

“Oh really?  How big?”

Pierre scratched his jaw and then held his hands out wide.

“HUGE…I have a HUGE boat…err…David?  What’s a boat?”

I cracked up laughing at that; dirty thoughts sprang unbidden to my mind as Chuck did one of those comedy drum rolls.

“Play another song…” Jeff rolled his eyes.

“Okay…” Pierre picked up a bottle of water and took a sip.  “This next song is off our first album…it’s called…‘I’m Just a Kid’…cos we’re all just kids here right?”

David called out, “Yeah…kids forever!”

“Let’s go!” Pierre thrust his microphone up in the air as they started to play and then he sang.

 

“I woke up it was 7
Waited till 11
just to figure out that no one would call
I think I got a lot of friends but I don’t hear from them
What’s another night all alone?
When you’re spending everyday on your own
and here it goes


I’m just a kid and life is a nightmare
I’m just a kid, I know that its not fair
Nobody cares, cause I’m alone and the world is
having more fun than me
Tonight…”

 

Pierre finished the song and leaned on David’s shoulder as he spoke into his microphone.

“I hear that Rugby is a big thing here?”

I grinned as the crowd screamed loudly in response.  I leaned close to Pat who had joined my friends and me and whispered, “He’s got that right.”  Pat laughed and winked at me as he continued to film the guys with his video camera.  I glanced back up at Pierre who had a bemused look on his face.

“I don’t understand this whole…game…but apparently me and the guys get to see a game tomorrow…in fact the Grand Final is here in your little city…and I have to say…for you guys…THAT F***ING ROCKS!!!  Anyway…let’s do something a little different…David?”

David leaned into his mike.

“We want to hear you guys sing for a while…so…you got your singing voices all warmed up for this one?”

Pierre took the acoustic Timbo handed him.

“This song is called ‘Welcome to My Life’ it was our first single off our new record…sing with us…

 

Do you ever feel like breaking down…

 

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