Also entitled <squeeeeeeeee>
In August 1999 I bought Kerrang magazine. With it came a CD (remember those?) of killer new tracks. One of them changed my life forever. The band? Slipknot. The song? Wait and Bleed. Until this point I had never had a "favourite band" but all this was changed in the 2 minutes and 27 seconds of that song.
Slipknot became part of my life! Every song, every album was purchased on release date. I had Slipknot patches all over my Uni bags. Slipknot hoodies and Slipknot t-shirts we de rigueur to accompany my baggy jeans and trainers. My greatest celebrity crush was Corey Taylor - despite the fact I had no idea what he looked like under the mask!
I was so desperate to see them live - but somehow the opportunity never arose....gigs and tours clashed with my finals, then work and weddings.
Suddenly it was 2006 - and I was on maternity leave awaiting the arrive of our first child. I spent the days reading and watching Scuzz and Kerrang. And then another song to change the world! Made of Scars by Stone Sour. Upon doing a little research what do I discover? That the lead singer of Stone Sour is none other than Corey Taylor, the iconic Slipknot front man. And incidentally he is VERY good looking under the mask.
I laboured to Stone Sour and Slipknot. I do the housework to Stone Sour and Slipknot. I drive to Stone Sour and Slipknot.
Then...in July 2010 a chance viewing on Twitter informed me that Stone Sour we touring....and coming to Leeds! A dodgy Internet signal and no reception made the task virtually impossible but my wonderful husband prevailed and we had tickets.
Four very long months later 3 November arrived and it absolutely was one of the best nights of my life. I cannot describe the power of a single hour that is the realisation of a dream. The show was immense and it will not be the last time I see them.. Definitely not!
So here's to realising your dreams - they are, quite categorically, worth the wait!