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Our Crown of Thorns: A huge Appreciation/Thank You to Black Veil Brides via The BVB army

This is a comprised huge article to the band Black Veil Brides. This is an appreciation and thank you article from several of the BVB army members from all around the world. I asked via Black Veil Brides official Facebook group, my twitter(@PotatoBVBQueen), and my tumblr for people to send me a short paragraph of what, how, and why Black Veil Brides means to you with some basic rules and criteria which people DID follow which made me extremely happy and I felt appreciated that people followed my instructions. People whom submitted to me I gave them the writers mic to have their chance to get out what they want to tell Andy, CC, Jake, Jinxx, and Ashley what they mean to that person whom submitted to my big appreciation/thank you article project. Everyone whom submitted their submissions made it. I left their writing as raw as best as I could to what they wrote from their heart. I only edited to a point. Never read anything. Everything that is submitted is prospected and credited to the person whom wrote and properly credited with their social media usernames or their real name which I asked permission to use from the BVB army whom submitted to me. NO submission was turned away. Cause I believe in “O’hana” The BVB army is a family to me so no one gets left behind. Anyways, thank you for taking the time to read this. It means a lot. All my best to you. 

Love, Mariah Hanna aka The Tater Queen 


I want to start this article in explaining why I wanted to do this and publish this on Black Veil Brides International Day which is on June 17th. It is the day which “Knives and Pens” music video was released which launched BVB’s career to were they stand today as a successful rock band. Bands who come out to have the goal to help people through their music is something very special cause these bands are often rare occasional to come by to the bands who sing about fucking girls, getting drunk/stoned, etc.

Knives and Pens music video by Black Veil Brides. Directed by Patrick Fogarty. on June 17th, 2009. This is the video that birthed BVB’s career to where BVB is now today with awards, accolades, big tours, etc.

(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gFDCHdKbKBY)

Bands that write about life experiences and inspirational through song and helps thousands to millions of people around the world. Black Veil Brides is one of them. Their lyrics and message is something people need to take the time of day to process and feel the music and lyrics. It is amazing to see a band like BVB inspire a league of members in the BVB army to create their own bands, become artists through art or music, become writers like ME among others, become bakers, a potato, etc. People are picking up guitars, drums, basses, pencils, pens, a computer, a paint brush, whisk, spoon, etc. Anything positive BVB does inspirational through song and through public relations through interviews and magazines appearances in inspiring these people to better their lives for good. I am one of those cases. I am not alone though. As you will read the testimonies from the BVB armies messages YOU will find out just how much BVB means to me, us, in the BVB army.

My story of what, how, and why Black Veil Brides means to me is that they were their during a really difficult time in my life. I branched out in a cry for help in guidance cause I was in the process of ending my own life. I gave their music a legit second chance. With beauty and magic they won me over and my demons from that day forward till now have ceased. BVB has made me into a whole new person. A better me than before. I am not the only one though they have helped so preciously and selflessly with their inner battles and demons. It’s great to be among peers that I have common place things with in the BVB army being my medical issues and potato fetish(he he muahaha 😀 ). So I do believe in fate and the impossible happening.

  •                 The back story to my above how BVB came into my life story: I woke up one morning in November of 2009 with my whole life turned upside down with a massive migraine. Needless to say 10 neurologist’s, a fuck load of medical bills, medications been put on and taken off, 3 major test surgeries for this, secondary issues(my severe stomach and other things pain), CT and MRI scans, etc and five years down the road I still have the same headache that NEVER went away that came so freshly to me in wee morning of November of 2009. Through these five years I have battled depression and suicidal thoughts. I only got suicidal when the pain was so intense I was bed ridden for nearly three months. I am known as a medical miracle. Even though each day is struggle to get by I have driven to want to live and see shit through. Even though I have made peace with all my physical bullies in forgiving, etc this bully is silent and deadly. I hope someday it leaves me for good. Have three headache/migraine conditions tears a person down but also inspires that person. I have 14 medical conditions. I am determined to kill each of them as I live a happy life to an extent on Earth. So how does BVB play into this. January 27th, 2013 was the day I planned on ending my life for good. I being(a hater) of their band which I won’t properly mention cause I no longer associate myself with the tag anymore. I have been dealing with cancer scares since my immune system will forever be at an all time low(nope not the band, lol). I am prone to get sick quicker than the average person with a more strong immune system. Being chronically ill tends to have its cons more than pros. My depression and mood was not well. Was in a rough patch with my medical issues. Then I went with the plan to end my own life cause nothing and no one was curing my severe pain. I was at the end of my rope. I fell deeply in a hole. I took a crap load of my sleeping med’s that night. Was in the middle of writing my suicide note and readers digest will. I decide to listen to music to see if it would help(the guardian angel move I made for myself). I was listen to my fave bands they weren’t doing shit for me. So I the (hater) at the time accidentally clicked on “In The End” (SO FUCKING PROUD OF MYSELF FOR DOING SO, I HUG MYSELF EVERY TIME I THINK OF WHAT MY PAST ME WOULD HAVE CALLED A MAJOR FUCK UP :D). Clicked on the music video was mad at self then shut the hell up and let the music do the talking. By the end of the music video I fell in love instantly. Second times a charm. I of course got the sleeping med’s out of my system and vowed to be a huge BVB fan saving my own life. This ties into a special poll question I asked the BVB army. I have no idea or not. But there is NO evidence out their whatsoever but I am known as the first person to apologize to BVB face to face. I did that via meet and greet on November 8th,2014 took me almost two years to plan out. I knew in my heart that it was the right thing to do. I try not to bring this up at ALL but doing it changed my life completely. I am not a saint and not an ego maniac wanting attention. I mention what I did to inspire like people whom are alike and want to do what I did in their OWN big moment that I will cheer them on. I am just bringing awareness of this to people whom converted to BVB fandom the way I did cause it is possible and I know their are people out their like me whom need the inspiration to go forth and do it. All bands deserve a respectful apology of someone doing wrong to their band. It RARELY happens. I hope someday or sometime I read things from other people doing this unique deed it doesn’t have to be BVB or it can BVB but change, hope, and selfless pay it forward random acts of kindness happen everyday and I hope it does cause people deserve greatness.So in that here are messages of positive remarks from the BVB army regarding my apology to BVB
    • I think it is truly the greatest thing I have ever seen in my life and I hope that you’ve inspired others to do such kind acts.  -@LeoJadi24
    • I think it showed the measure of your character. To admit to yourself you’re wrong is a huge achievement in itself, but to admit it to the object of your hate….wow that’s an immense achievement. What you did at that M&G took balls, real honest to potatoe-ness BALLS! If there were more people like you in the World Like you Hun, it would be a nicer place! I can’t speak for BVB or you or anyone, but to me, you are an inspiration, a beautiful soul and happy to say I know you. Well done you. -@Bobbysian
    • All of the above. And I’ll add it’s really remarkable that you left your hater past behind but still faced it, admitting it to the objects of said hate. And really, what you did is amazing and I’m sure they were so happy to hear it – @zillyhoo.cityofcans
    • As for your formal apology, Mariah, I thought it was really awesome. I am a firm believer in the idea that people are never actually sorry unless they act like it, and it is clear that you were. It was really brave of you to do that, so kudos to you. -Rin Johnson (@ErinJohnson27)

I want to make a side note big huge thank you and appreciation to all of BVB’s press crew, management, stage crew(whom I narrate when I watch BVB live YouTube videos and I see them come on stage running around fixing things and I give them the classic “Andy not again!” quote, lol), tour security(turkamayne and his minions), all their supportive parents and family/friends, and whom ever works for them press wise, stage, etc many people don’t realize how much of team effort it is to put out records, merchandise, special merch things, press, go out on tours, and make a stage with pyro or non-pyro with laws in states or countries in venues about that. It takes a whole lot of people to make a beautiful stage and concert happen. Lots of people to create a record,CD, album what have you. BVB wouldn’t be here without US the fans and BVB could have NEVER had the things BVB has now today with connections and proper budget. This goes with any given band. This would have NEVER happened if WE would have NEVER supported them. With the vast support BVB gets I can only see them getting stronger day by day. Each record is growth album for them but it takes an army of people to make what you have in your hands via CD, merch, etc happen. I am thankful that even their parents deal with fan mail and fan relations. I have NEVER come across a band(s) that has had parents do that for their son(daughter). It was a treat to send Chris and Amy Biersack(Thank you so much for supporting my writing it means the world to me. Never take it for grant. I send my warm wishes and thanks to the both of you) letters to them, BVB, and Andy. The reply back I have from Chris and Amy is framed in a picture frame with all my BVB meet and greet I was blessed with and their reply in a special BVB memorabilia picture frame. It is so neat to me that they do that for their son, Andy. Even Mark Pitts(Thank you so much for supporting my writing YOU earn a special thank you and warm wishes as well) does the same thing for Jake. I know Ashley handles his own. So neat and cool. Never heard any other bands parents doing that for their kids in the band. Shows the mentality, values, etc the band members of the band was raised on. Major props and I greatly appreciate and am thankful for it.

In a sad note. Chris Holley a guitar tech for BVB’s camp passed away(June 15th,2015). I want this article to become a tribute to his life. Celebrate what he helped create and help via guitars to make them sound spectacular and stage ready. So this is a special thank you and appreciate in the celebration of life to Chris Holley. In this I send my utter thoughts, prayers, wishes, and support to his family, friends, and colleagues whom knew him. All I can do is send my best and unconditional love to those whom are affected loosing a loved one is not easy at all. A little piece of this article is for you Chris in memory of your legacy. YOU will forever be apart of the BVB army and as I told my grandpa on his deathbed back in August/September(he passed away on September 4th,2014 Chris will be in great hands in heaven with my hilarious and loving grandpa among other fallen rock legends, hero’s, and people whom lost their lives over the years). I told him Andy Biersack’s famous quote and that is “I believe in you”. RIP you will NEVER be forgotten. Rock In Peace. ^CH^

 

BVB is a rare one of a kind band to me. They are so full of life and on full cylinders to do more records or tour. So in this they made a song “Crown of Thorns” to us the BVB army. So in return I have been working for weeks comprising this article that I put in the hands of the BVB army. I want THEM to have the chance to have a voice through my writers mic. So in this. THIS is OUR “Crown of Thorns” our appreciation and thank you’s to Andy Biersack, Jinxx, Jake Pitts, Ashley Purdy, and CC(Christian Coma)(Although I appreciate these guys everyday. Forever thankful, grateful, and will NEVER take all five of them for grant. What they do I appreciate everyday and I know others do too). I am MORE than thrilled to let these beautiful people of the BVB army voice their love and admiration to Black Veil Brides cause as I stated before. I am not the only one they have helped so much through their powerful lyrics and messages through interviews or meeting in person. So I will shut up and give these lovely people the writers mic like what Andy did at those intimate London shows at “The Garage” giving the mic to the crowd to speak. lol. Enjoy reading and thank YOU for taking the time to read these raw and from the heart messages to BVB. Which I NEVER read. I only edited them to a point. I kept them the way they were but as raw from the writer as I could. Anyways, get your read on and get yourself a healthy plate of taters or tissues to enjoy reading these.

“Crown of Thorns” by Black Veil Brides off of BVB4 or their self titled album “Black Veil Brides:Black Veil Brides” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pxHnjaVedwc)

 


 

The “Crown of Thorns” from us to you, Black Veil Brides in honor of “International Black Veil Brides day” THIS is ultimately for you five amazing, wonderful, kind-hearted sweethearts. Bless your soul’s with all the greatness for years to come. NEVER give in and NEVER back down. 

Love, The BVB Army around the world

They are my favorite band. I have seen(Black Veil Brides) live. I even have a (BVB) tattoo.

Love you all

– @DevilsBitch16

Black Veil Brides such an inspiration to me they help me stand up to my bullies and help me out of my darkest times. Every time I listen to their music when I’m depressed or upset it makes me forget about what happened during the day and live like there’s no tomorrow. They are my biggest heroes and I appreciate them for saving me.

Sincerely BVB army member,

-Karla Edwards

May 10th 2010 was the date that changed me forever. It made me listen to and fall in love with 5 talented, wonderful, positive men named Jake, CC, Jinxx, Ashley and Andy who are also known as Black Veil Brides. I would like to thank them for being in my life and I hope they never leave. Thank you guys for making such amazing music for the millions of fans you call the BVB Army or The Legion and thank you for being your plain and simple amazing selves.

-Courtney Scherger

BVB came to me in 2011 when I went to see VersaEmerge. I have to admit, I’m over 40 and not the A typical BVB Army member but I loved it. I immediately went and downloaded their music and found more to them than just great entertainers and amazing musicians. Their words have helped me even though my so called youth is no longer on my face, it’s still in my heart and soul. I have since lost some friends because of my life changes and found others both through music and social media. Some people in my life think I should be married with kids and a house, their idea of a normal life. I tried marriage, failed and found a blessing that we didn’t have kids, to be tied to a man I no longer love. I am glad that BVB came to me to say it’s okay if I’m not like everyone else. That though I failed in a marriage, it’s okay because I have a life I love and no restrictions to who I am or what I’m doing in my life.

-@peopleeater3

Thank you for giving me my daughter back. Andy, back in 2010 you spent about an hour talking with her. You, a 19 year old kid at the time, changed, a then 15 year old kid, life. A young man very wise beyond his years. You know that you, CC, Jinxx, Jake and “The Boy” will always have a special place in my heart!

Love, “Mom”

-Barbara TheConcert Mom

Black Veil Brides you guys have done so much for me. You picked me up when I was low and you convinced me to keep going. You told me over and over to never give in and never back down. Even now when I have problems you’re there for me. I have never met you in person but I know you guys would be amazing. I was at a very low point my best friend committed suicide and I was seriously considering it. But my best friend left me with her C.D.s all of them were yours. She introduced to me to your music and both you and her helped me to survive. I speak for everyone when I say We love you and don’t ever stop what you’re doing.

– Lee Risotto

BVB you guys showed up in my life in a darker moment and thanks to your music I’m overcome this darkest moment of my life. I’d love to meet you personally and tell how you guys changed my life even though you guys are already tired of hearing of other fans. and I hope that someday you guys come to my country (Portugal) because I’d love to see you live. I love you guys.

-Ana Lage

Black Veil Brides you guys have made me feel more confident in myself, to not care what other people think or say to me. Your music has helped me so much. your inspirational to me and many others, just like you guys have found you passion in life. So have I fashion/costume design hoping to make a career out of it. I seen you guys live 12th of October last year, that Manchester show was amazing, it was my first BVB show, I loved it and I hope i get to see you guys live again and possibly meet you and tell you how much your music has helped and inspired me.

-Kate (@musicandfashion_girl195&@BlackVeilScript )

Black Veil Brides, you guys mean the world to me and I can’t thank you guys enough. I have been a fan since the very beginning and I have loved all of you and your work. You guys helped me gain the courage to make myself happy, to give me confidence and to help me through the complications of being a young trans boy. Not to mention that you have brought back my hopes of one day being a bassist in a band like I have dreamed of being as a little kid. I love you guys so much and I can’t wait to see what you guys do in the future.

Love, BVB Army forever! ~ Shaun -(westitchourwoundstogether.tumblr.com)

I first heard Black veil Brides on my 13th birthday July 7th 2013, the song was knives and pens. I instantly fell in love with the music and lyrics, being bullied through my school career, I could relate. Eventually, I listened to all your albums and felt more confident than ever. My Mom told me that when I walked into school, your music blasting out of my ear buds, I held myself with confidence. I always thought that I would never get to meet you guys, but I had saved the money up for a VIP ticket for November 12th 2014. It was my first BVB concert and I got to meet you, definitely the best day of my life. I had drawn a picture of a panda for Andy and I was so shaky and nervous, Ashley had waved to my Mom who had been recording me which was pretty funny looking back. I really appreciate everything you all have done.

Thank you,

-Isabella Ripperger (@izzyripperger)

I always stood for ‘be your own person’, don’t let anyone tell you what to wear, think, listen or like. BVB represents that in optima forma, and their music simply rocks! They are also a great role model to my 14 year old daughter (besides me, off course), who loves to sing and is different than most of her classmates…going her own way in being a unique person makes her an easy target for bullying. But since she’s a strong minded girl and learned from Andy’s wise words, none of that has happened. I thank BVB for that and for their awesome music!

-Inge Luijendijk

I can’t remember the exact date I found BVB, but around 2012 when I heard knives and pens for the first time. My life change for the better that day. Everyday I’m reminded that I’m not alone anymore. I fell in love with the idea of not being alone anymore in being an outcast to society. After that, I became hooked, I was still extremely depressed though. I felt like I had nothing to live for, but I knew that hurting myself was wrong and stopped myself every time I heard Andy’s voice, Jake and Jinxx’s guitars and CC beating up the drums. It kept me sane. Then my life went In a whole new direction on November 5, 2014. I saw them live for them first time. I walked in still struggling with depression, still struggling with self harm. Then I walked out and decided I needed to do more with my life then just cry myself to sleep every night. And I am. I wouldn’t be the same person I am today without those five amazingly crazy guys.

-Alicia Sullivan

BVB has help a lot of us get through personal problems, they taught us to accept ourselves for who we are and that we shouldn’t care about what others say or think about us. BVB is generally and amazing band they just have this welcoming vibe, like you part of the family, they just make everyone laugh and have a good time, there music is just flipping amazing, and the way they go off at haters who tries to ruin everyone’s fun is just bloody awesome. I have to say since I’ve been listening to them I’ve been a lot more happy and a lot more self acceptance.

-Shailyn Kloppers

Black Veil Brides is a band made up of five ridiculously talented men who seem to have a talent for putting smiles on people’s faces. Ever since day one, they have always encouraged us to accept ourselves for the way we are and chase our dreams, no matter what people tell us. As a result, they have created a community of dedicated people called the BVB army through the fabulous music they have made. This community is a safe place for anyone to escape to when they need to put life on pause for a little while. Black Veil Brides is also living proof that the concept behind positive deviancy actually does exist. To reflect that and how huge an impact BVB has had on my life, I used to highlight my hair red and blonde. Although I can’t really ask my parents to take me to get those highlights done anymore, I will always be proud to be a member of the BVB army.

– Rin Johnson (@ErinJohnson27)

Guys you have no clue how much you have helped me. It may not be a huge deal to others because I have had ppl laugh at my face wen I say a band or book has helped me through. But it’s true I have never fit in , anywhere. This made me think that there was something wrong with me , something wrong with how I think and saw the world but u guys told me that it is okay . That I am great just the way I am. Because of you guys I am now in a college of my choice studying a subject I love and moving forward towards a future that is mine. And it is not just me, you guys have helped a whole army of people, literally. Thank you we love you. And I hope I will get to see you guys live one way or the other even if I have to fly all the way to America.

Love you,

-Nivedita Anbuchevlan

Four years ago, I fell in love with a band and that band was called Black Veil Brides. I fell in love with their lyrics , music and personalities faster than I could think. The band has been there for me when no one else has, listened when I thought no one was listening, all through the songs that they produce. Growing up , I’ve always felt alone in this world, different from other people but when I’m listening to BVB I feel I belong. I’m always grateful for the band and I think that they are exceptional talented and kind individuals. Without them, my life would be a lot less light, more dark. I just want to say thank you, for everything.

-Amy Walker (@devilschoir_x)

I try to not live in my past anymore, that’s why it is really hard to bring it up when it comes to this. I’ve seen this post a lot and didn’t want to say anything, I shut myself down. Black Veil Brides music did help me a lot. Without them, growing up, I have self inflicted wounds from depression and landed in therapy on and off. I was bullied really bad in middle school,didn’t have a good family life, I really hated myself and wanted to give up. I tried killing myself once but ended up in the hospital…thats all behind me now even if I still get depressed and have suicidal thoughts.I stopped cutting but the feeling to do it again gets strong sometimes. When I feel like I’m in the dark place again, I pick up my bass or listen to music to motivate me to live. Black Veil Brides really helped me with it when I discovered them and I felt like there’s always someone there for me but I still wonder, In The End,As I Fade Into The Night, Who Will Tell The Story Of My Life, Because I’m Not Afraid To Die. I Lost It All once but We All Fall Down Sometimes… I love You.

-Rachel Tuomi

 

The day 6 years ago that I first heard black veil brides I found knives and pens and I fell in love they have changed my life forever. Their music has made me cry and I have never once had anything like that happen with another band or another type of music. Black veil brides is one of a kind I love all the boys they have made my life better than i could ever expected. I will love black veil brides forever and I will never forget what they have done for me.

-Lacie Farr

Black Veil Brides has done so much for me. They were always there when no one else was. I know y’all probably get this all the time but i do really mean it. You guys gave me a voice when all there was, was hurt. I am proud to say that i am a BVB Army member and i will defend y’all with everything i have. Y’all helped me and now i can be myself with no fears of rejection. I love you guys and i can’t wait for the day of meeting y’all will come. Whether it’s now or a few years down the road. I dream of the day i can sit down with y’all and share my story and talk with y’all and just hang out. Thank you for existing. Thank you Andy for pursuing your dream. If it wasn’t for you bringing the idea of this band none of y’all would be changing as many lives as you are now. I truly believe that. I love you guys smile emoticon ♡ I hope all your dreams and wishes come true.

-Dakota Decker  (@biersackbunny_babygirl)

About 4 years ago I heard my first Black Veil Brides song which was Knives and Pens thanks to my older sister and since then I have found 5 heroes called CC, Jinxx, Jake, Ashley and Andy they have helped me through so much over these past few years, they taught me to not give a fuck about what anyone said about the way I dress or how I look, they were there when no one else was even though they weren’t physically there I felt it through their music, they also taught me if I put my mind to something that I really want then I can achieve it no matter what anyone says, they’ve also helped me through tough times through my life with suicide thoughts and also self harm, if I never discovered BVB that day I wouldn’t be here right now so I owe BVB my life because they saved me and I love them so much and Mariah this is an amazing thing your doing as well.

-Hannah Armstrong

They from moment one, have inspired me to keep going, always been great to me, Jake’s guitar that I bought is great too, class people and they really love their fans and that shows through may God bless them.

-Michael Wasley

Thanks to Black Veil Brides and the BVB army you guys have helped me so much. When I was having a kind sad day you all would make me happy again. You guys made me realize that it’s okay to be different and slightly weird. When I would be feeling down and thinking I fat and ugly you guys were always there for me… maybe not in body but certainly in spirit and in voice. Your music was like a shining beacon in the darkness that had shown me the light. Right now I’m going through a tough time and you guys and your music has really come through for me. It’s like the music speaks to me as though you were talking directly to me. You have truly helped and for that I thank you.

Love you guys,

-Bethany Rose

Black Veil Brides are a band that does a lot for their fans. They are different, and that’s one of the main reasons I really respect them. Each of them has a different backstory and contributes a lot to the band. Even though Andy has always said that they don’t really save their fans, I honestly think they do. I personally haven’t gone through what some people have, but I see what their music does. It really does help people through hard times. It could be any band but BVB connects to the fans more than any other band because they know what it’s like to be judged for being different. I respect them because they are unique and care for their fans.

-Qadira R.Moser (@Qadira_Redhorn, neverthefaithlessone.tumblr.com)

Black Veil Brides helped me out of depression thanks to them. I first heard them about a year ago my brother was listening to them. And the first song I heard was love isn’t always fair . And I liked it a lot so I’ve been listening to them all the time I feel like doing anything that can hurt me. So thanks to BVB you can say they have help me out so much in the past year. My friends always try to help me but they can’t with alot of things. Only BVB can help me with anything I have problems with I love BVB so much just because they helped me. They’ve made me feel more confident with myself. To say what I feel to someone. Not to care a lot what people think. I love all there songs. I can say if I never would have heard them I would be total different then I am today so thanks BVB you’ve helped me so much in the past year.

-Symantha Huff

Black Veil Brides. Talent. That’s one of the many words that just oozes out of BVB. Every song is incredible and unique. Five incredible men.

Not everyone is a fan of BVB and I’m sure people will take the piss out of fans and the band sometimes. But that won’t stop us/you. That is beautiful. We are the fallen angels!

-Josh Wicks

Black Veil Brides helped through so much. They mean a lot to me and if someone offends them or talks bad about them I’m right there defending them. BVB saved my life, they showed me that life is so much more. If BVB didn’t happen I would be suffering wanting to take my life away. I don’t know how to thank them for all they done for me. They may not know but they are a huge part of my life. And I believe in their lyrics, they have a huge meaning behind them. They also made me be confident about my life. I want to say Thank you so much for being a band and sharing music with us BVB army fans.

Love you guys,

-Sakura Hernandez

 

No one ever understood me I tried so hard to make people understand but I could not. I had no. When I discovered your music I feel like someone finally understands me like I’m finally accepted like I’m finally me . Thank you so so much for being my safe place I might never meet you but I just hope you know I owe you everything.

Thank you,

-Lily Kaye

Andy,Ashley,CC,Jake,and Jinxx these guys have helped me so much I can’t explain it I love you guys with all of my heart and when I say I love you I mean like you have saved me and I don’t know how to thank you more you are my saviors and when I have a tough time I just listen you you guys because it makes me happy . Perfect weapon and Knives and pens are the main songs that I love from you guys and I just wanted you to know that you guys are the reason I don’t cut and believe me I’ve been tempted but y’all have me the strength to get over it. I am proud to call myself a proud BVB soldier…. I love BVB and I have wanted to meet you guys for years but I can’t because I don’t have the money but I will some day love you guys love one of you #1 fans.

-Shelby Higgins

I ‘stumbled’ over the band while going through interviews and videos on YT. The Bryan Stars interview with Andy and Danny was recommended to me and at that time, Andy looked exactly like so many musicians in the late 80’s/90’s looked like and that reminded me of the time I started going out, loving all those glam rock bands that no one knew about in Germany and noone really liked. Nevertheless it was a great time. I subscribed American Rock magazines and watched tons of music-videos on MTV (when there were still music videos and Headbangers Ball). I had many pen pals that listened to the same music. It also was a big community, though the conversations were much slower (lack of internet and all). So to get back to BVB. I checked the band out after I also heard some songs on American Rock channels on the internet radio and I really enjoyed the music. After a concert pause of about 8 years I even started going to shows again. I never stopped listening to music over the years, because I have always been addicted to music, but it got pushed back a bit by life, work and other stuff. So they were a real life changer for me. I found back to my deep love for music and the variety with all the amazing bands that are out there. Whyever BVB and everyone around the band feels a bit like friends and family, though so far I haven’t met the band itself. They have fans of every age and I met so many awesome people close to the age I am now, which doesn’t make me feel like an outsider age wise. When I hear their songs or see videos and pictures it always puts a smile on my face. They’ve grown on me and all the people I met through them and that’s an awesome thing. Life has so many ups and downs. It’s awesome to know there’s music that’s always there.

-Alexandra Bock (@Lexi22473_b)

BVB is definitely an incredibly important and influential band in my life. When I found their music I was dealing with a lot of conflict in my life (most of which I am still dealing with), but having music i could cling to and relate with made it a bit easier. I myself hope to front a band one day so they’re also a huge influence in that sense. I’m not going to say “BVB saved my life” because well, that’d be untrue, but if anything they made my life a bit easier to live. They gave me so hope and happiness during the dark days.

-Thank You, Megan Brennan(@swxxtblasphemy)

Dear Andy, Ashley, Jinxx, Jake and CC;

My amazing mother passed away last Saturday and I just want to let you know that she loved you all very much. She was inspired by everything you all had to say. She was introduced to BVB by me last year, instantly she fell in love. We saw you perform  on October 16th at Barrowlands in Glasgow. My mum and I loved the concert in Barrowlands and we were hoping to see you all play again sometime when you were next in the UK.  Earlier this month, she was taken in to a peaceful place for the sick and sadly passed two days later. My mum said she wanted Carolyn to play at her funeral and my dad and I are thinking. Mum would always play your CDs in the car and we’d both sing and jam to them while driving to country places. I just want to say Thank You for being great influences and musicians and making many people smile, my mum really loved you all and I still do! You all meant a lot to her and we really love how wise and articulate you all are.
Thank You, Kirsten Anderson (@Kirsten50838)
I’m thanking BVB on a couple of levels. Firstly for helping me become a better mum. ‘Ritual’ literally changed my perception on my children’s OCD Ritualistic behaviours!  I chilled out and accepted them as they are OCD’s too!
Being part of the BVBArmy is like being ‘home’. Ive been a fan of Rick and metal for 30 years and only now I’ve found ‘my band’. I guess finding a rock band you click with is like a footie fan finding their ‘club’. It’s a place I belong.
Lastly…dayum do I have fun at BVB gigs! Fun from being in the line, to the gig, to hugging everyone goodbye. I loose myself to the music, it’s a beautiful feeling!
-Bronwen (@lilwelshstunner)

Written by: Mariah L. Hanna aka The Potato “Tater” Queen. Copyright @PotatoBVBQueen on June 17, 2015**

*Special copyright to the above written messages to the rightful owners. ALL credits go to them
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THANK YOU for taking the time out of your busy time and busy lives reading this. It took me TWO months to do. The ultimate goal of all of this is: priceless.

Long live Black Veil Brides and The BVB army know as The Legion Of The Black. “Go forth and conquer the world”- The Tater Queen and “Rise UP and celebrate your life” cause life is short and appreciate what you have, the people, etc in yours everyday. One day they will be gone or even YOU. Life is precious. Tell your loved ones you love them even if your in shit house with them. May you be blessed with good karma. All my love and best to you and yours.

-Mariah aka The Tater Queen

“Happy International Black Veil Brides Day” go positively show your BVB colors today all around the world. \m/

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Legion Of The Black: If we stand together, We will be unbroken series

I asked for three plus weeks now via my twitter @PotatoBVBQueen my official twitter for everything I do. I have asked two poll questions to the BVB army these questions: What are your thoughts on Black Veil Brides? What dose Black Veil Brides mean to you? I want to give the whole BVB army a voice through my article as WE all made the Legion Of The Black known as the BVB army happen. I hope you the reader enjoy reading this positive attribution through my eyes and among others as I have done tumultuous research about Black Veil Brides about how positively and huge impact they have on their fans or non-fans around. I plan on doing this article as a part series as there is TOO MANY BVB stories to give voice to. Enjoy the time and effort I put into gathering testimony and the love these fans have for five dudes of the semi-norm known as Black Veil Brides- Mariah L.Hanna 

Black Veil Brides is a band that people have either come to known to love or hate them. I am a rarity to have experienced both of those feelings towards this band that has helped me in such a way that I found my dream career path that YOU are reading as of this second. I plan on getting some sort of journalism/business degree in the near future. As that is being said. I could only thank one band that has helped me find my path in the right direction and that is Black Veil Brides.

Black Veil Brides is a very controversial band. They get a ton of bullshit thrown at them through the press, social media, and even face to face social situations. I want to give rise to this band that they are NOT satanic, sadomasochistic, or anything else people label them as.

I would like to make a side note as this article was supposed to be released on May 3rd as a notion of the day I was “Risen from the ashes” and was lead to my career path and my talent in life. I was bullied and was a lost soul until I let BVB into my soul last year. That being said. Converting to BVBism was thee best decision of my life cause it not only bettered my life it also led me to my dream to start my legacy. I was incredibly ill with my severe health conditions that made me put this article on hold for a bit. I didn’t fret one second why I was sick to think of things for this article and what not. So I “Never gave in” and go well to the point were I am back now at the writing again. Thank you all for being so patient it means a lot. I love you all lots.

I digress back to the first article of this series I am doing. “Legion Of The Black: If we stand together, We will be Unbroken”. I want to give rise to the thousands or hundreds if I can many touching BVB stories that I come across and how BVB has affected them in positive manners and how they have helped them get through shit. I am happy to just convey these messages if I can to any band if they helped them out. BVB has made an imprint on my life so much that if I have for example my old feelings for them back I would never go back to being a hater EVER again. I promise on my potatoes on that. Haha I won’t ever have my old feelings for BVB anyways cause I love them so much I could eat mashed potatoes while having a few emotional tugs at the heart.

Black Veil Brides has helped millions, thousands, hundreds, and numerous amounts of people through their positive music, lyrics, and their bystander effect mentality for worldly issues such as bullying, self harm, etc. They are one of thee best known bands who have anti-positive messages for people dealing with shit from variety of things. The “Never give in, Never back down” motto to life is what BVB preaches everyday. Whether they are on tour or not. Many other bands have similar messages but I find BVB’s proactive messages pure and unified.

In fact, last year Black Veil Brides raised awareness through the Bully Project through selling “If We Stand Together, We Will Be Unbroken” t-shirts and tank tops to raise money for the charity. People find bands like Black Veil Brides satanic and every other misconception in the book people may have against them. People don’t know is that Black Veil Brides members are human. Just like you and I. YOU being the reader and I being the writer of this article. People treat them like they are some vicious poisonous animal in a cage when in reality they are sweethearts, kind natured, no ill thought, nice hearted, and loving soul dudes that care.

Black Veil Brides are a controversial band but with this article I want to focus more on the positive nature of this band versus the negatory they get for certain medias and critics.  I want to bring more justice to not only this band but to people’s minds who will judge bands like Black Veil Brides cause of their aesthetics nature and style. It angers me when people just judge people based of their looks or they haven’t even listened to the band. I for one gave BVB a CHANCE. I didn’t just listen to “Knives and Pens” I listened to a variety of their music before making a decision of becoming a fan or not. Unfortunately their music never clicked with me then until now. Which I am extremely thankful now. If it weren’t for them. You wouldn’t be reading what you are reading right this second. I thank them endlessly for “Rising me out of the ashes” and inspiring me to pick up my writing again. I feel whole again. All I had to do is believe in a band that I hated once. Just believing and caring about them makes me feel awesome. Its feels right being a BVB fan and army member. I love them very much. Each of them carries their own separate inspiration towards me. I have no words to describe it. I am glad that the BVB hater in me is gone forever. Glad I converted on January 27th, 2013. Best day of my life even though it was my worst day cause it was the start of something special. The day I was “Risen from the Ashes” Forever thankful for Black Veil Brides even Jake mentioned to me “I knew it was just a matter of time” for all BVB converters including me. It really mean’t something special to me.

Black Veil Brides has had so much shit thrown at them through out the years. I want to show the positive side of this band and what they harness for the world. They have a power ballads of anti-bullying, self-worth,  inspirational, moving, positive, and life improving messages through their music. BVB has done a great service throughout the years of getting younger generations into rock and roll and metal. I was told by people who this is a great public service but yet they get shit on. Why. There are tons of reasons why. Many situations of why people hate BVB. Nearly all of it is bullshit. I just want to focus more on the positive here in this article versus the bullshit BVB gets. ALL bands deserve that unless that band treats their fans like shit then they have every right to have bullshit slayed at them. But its bands like BVB that treat their fans like gold that get lots of shit for the way they look or the way their music sounds. I want to live in a world someday were people of the internet grow up and instead get jobs instead of being lazy keyboard warriors having no life.

So in this. I am going to shut up and give the BVB army the loyal members of the Legion Of The Black a voice through my article. I am going to give meaning to why I started this series aptly called “Legion Of The Black: If We Stand Together, We Will Be Unbroken”. I started it cause I want to not only give people of the BVB army a voice. I wanted to give them a voice because they are what made the community, family, and fan base happen. Everyone deserves a voice. I am a lady who believes in equality. I believe that once everyone’s voices gets heard. I can sleep better at night knowing I did a wonderful service to society. Music has joined us all together for eternity and forever we are bonded by what is known as “Legion Of The Black”.

Now for the lovely opinions I asked for. Thank you for reading this article series. There is going to be more as there are going to be more personal and inspirational stories and opinions about the Black Veil Brides. THIS means the world to me. Thank you to those who submitted opinions to me. It means a lot. -M.H.

BVB mean a heck of a lot to me to me: they’re such amazing guys and are dedicated in everything they do. Their messages they give across in their music is wonderful. They deserve great success.-@ghostlymystic

They’re getting kids into hard rock and metal, which is a huge public service @BloodGrin946


BVB necessarily didn’t save my life but they have helped me realize some things about myself that I should improve on. They helped me have a more positive look and things in general. They gave me hope and courage and opened mind. When I listen to them, I feel so empowered and strong. It’s a joy to listen to their music. I also think that they’re getting younger people into rock and hard rock which is good and showing them good music. They’re hard working, talented musicians, very humble, and grateful but they also don’t take bullshit people’s bullshit. They do their own thing and are amazing people-Mia

Black Veil Brides? That means saving in dark times and a laugh when needed @IcecubeInsanity

BVB are extremely important to me. They help me through hard times, make me happy, make me laugh, and I love them. I think BVB is an amazing band, and every member of the band is a great role model and very musically talented. @meganBVB123

BVB are my world and to me they are amazing and talented. They will always be my favorite band of “Brothers” I will not give up of give in because of them. They saved me from the bad depression I had and have helped me control it. @CourtPurdyBVB

I had a toxic mother that crashed me down and insinuated a deep insecure feeling in me. She left us 21 months ago I didn’t realize that my chains were finally broken at the moment. But all the bad feelings i had for years became a strange mixture of not understandable feelings. I was completely lost. I was scared cause I realized I was listening to my mind and wasn’t able to do it cause I have 2 sons to look after and there, thanks to one of my sons I heard Knives and Pens for the first time. I have asked Dimitri what was it. He explained to me who Andy, Jake, and Jinxx was. How difficult had been for them and I have been deeply touched about their lives. In a certain way it was similar to mine. I was surprised that my very popular against himself was so deeply touched by BVB. He introduced me to the BVB world and I finally realized that it was okay not to be perfect and I pretended to myself, well its will always will be difficult to me to try to accept myself as I am. BVB lyrics touch people deep inside. Doesn’t matter what problem you have: Alcohol, Drugs, depression. Adults and teens clearly understand each word in their own reading key and that is truly amazing. How many people can honestly talk to others telling the right word to make them feel better. To make them feel like there not alone. Because this is the way we feel after listening to Andy’s lyrics. BVB make hope us pull it through. @BVBpinafan

They are amazing and have saved so many lives, they’re made particularly mine way better in a lot of ways. I love and admire them and not only they are talented, they are the kindest people and treat their fans awesomely good.- @SofiiKlainer

@MandyJames1979 Told me she could write a whole essay on these guys. I feel her as I have written many articles on these fellas. Their are no amount of words to explain how and why BVB has affects us. BVB is very influential and positive band for all. Thank you Mandy for your input. It means a lot. 

BVB was my first band I ever really truly loved and if it wasn’t for them I wouldn’t be here @ImaBeLovingFML

Sitting at home and Rebel Love Song came onto Kerrang TV and it hit me. The Biggest jolt of electricity you could imagine shot through me. I couldn’t sit still and as soon as it was over I wanted it to come back on. I had never felt so alive. Little did I realize that was the moment the magical journey began. After discovering BVB had an album out that year. I went out and bought it that day after hearing Rebel Love Song. I set my sights on learning everything there was to know about this new found love, becoming a sponge for knowledge about BVB. I found Knives and Pens video via fanpop which got played repeatedly, then YouTube was getting frequented on a daily basis, the search bar getting the words Black Veil Brides hammered in there at every chance I got. After suffering the loss of my brother Mark in December 2010, which is one of the hardest I have ever had to go through, no matter how hard I tried nothing helped, even music wasn’t helping. So I floated about lost, alone, without my brother, my best friend the one who I was closest to the most and will forever miss with all my heart. Up until the day that I heard Rebel Love Song it was a struggle and unbearable, but you gave my hope, a sense belonging, make me stronger, make me confident, make me who I am today, and most of all make me the person I am today and be myself, you complete my world. The more I learn and read about Black Veil Brides the more I find myself falling more in love with the five magical individuals who saved me from losing sense of who I am becoming a shell, a doormat, lost, and alone. The message, lyrics, songs, and the many words of wisdom,  dedication, respect, and passion you give will forever give me the strength, passion, and confidence and so many more powerful attributes you have built up inside me. Black Veil Brides rose me from the metaphorical ashes, so thank you. – @BlackVeilAngels 

-Written by: Mariah L. Hanna 5/26/2014 Copyright@PotatoBVBQueen *See About Page