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The Resurrection Tour: A concert review of Crown The Empire, Asking Alexandria, and Black Veil Brides.

The Resurrection Tour: A concert review of Crown The Empire, Asking Alexandria, and Black Veil Brides.

I will offer insight to my old and new readers who are going to read this concert review for the resurrection tour of headliners Asking Alexandria and Black Veil Brides and their support Crown The Empire. Before I open any review content I will offer the reader who I am and what’s up with me. Well, to my new and old readers the February 27th concert marked an end of my three year concert no see drought. It was my first concert I have been to since the Blackmass in 2014. Intially I wanted to go to a lot of concerts in between the time of the three years. But loosing my appendix, loosing gallbladder, my right ovary eating my intestines causing a inguinal hernia, a massive golf sized humanoid tumor in my uterus, tons of endometerial tissue cauterized off my uterus, and my left knee turned into what I nicknamed as the Terminator knee(I was born with birth defected knees that requires surgeries throughout my life unfortunately). I have endured four major operations within the better amount of my dry concert period. Cause I deal with quite a lot of medical issues ranging from chronic migraine, endometerosis, poly cystic ovarian syndrome, irritable bowel syndrome, gastroparesis, etc. The list is huge. So I unfortunately had to skip out on a lot concerts that came to my area including Andy Black due to weather and medical reasons. THAT made me feel very sad that I could not attend. So while everyone was having fun. I was…

While I was enduring a lot from having four major operations, countless amounts of poking and proding, several CAT scans, MRIs, X-RAYS up the ass,etc. I also had to do a lot of GI testing and get poked in my head with Botox injections which hurt worse than tattoo needles. I needed a release. I got a temporary fix on 11/16/16 when I got my first tattoo.

Now I craved for a real release to get rid of the anguish, depression, etc I have been going through. I lost all my grandpa’s(due to cancer and natural causes). It’s been a different life without my grandpa’s in my life. With dealing with death, mental health, and physical health. I was overjoyed to find out BVB was coming to the Knitting Factory on February 27th, 2018 with AA and CTE In September of 2017. I instantly got the pre-sale tickets for my mom and I. My mom is a big BVB fan. She doesn’t have social media. But I stand in for my mom. The one huge factor in our way was the weather. It snowed two nights before the big night. Which stressed me out a lot. Thankfully the snow plowers did there jobs in which the roads were thankfully clear two days later for the big trip up to Spokane and back to my town. It’s a good four hour round trip. I got home at 3 am on February 28th. I got four hours of sleep that day. I had to clean that day with my mom. It was fun but it was worth it. 😆

Now let’s get the show on the road and stop talking about me. But I can go ten or fifteen days on myself. Talk about potatoes. Peak your interest. Let’s get some fry sauce and start this concert review.

My trip up to Spokane was very uneventful. My mom and I didn’t know what extent the roads were going to be like. So getting up there was stress full. I of course had to pick up my kid used to babysit and her boyfriend. They were tagging along with my mom and I. It was my kids I used to babysit for first concert ever and her first BVB show. I was so happy and excited for everything.

We got up to Spokane fine. Besides a few asshat drivers who didn’t know how to drive and got my mom’s road rage. LOL. We went and did some things before the concert. My kid that I used to babysit wanted to go to the mall, we went to a store called White Elephant for a personal reason, and other things.

They dropped me off at the correct time for the meet and greet. Here I am in line for the meet and greet pic and my meet and greet to meet BVB pic.

I was so nervous, emotional, and excited to see the guys again. Mostly I was stressed out at the time being cause my phone at the time had it’s service cut off and everything. I paid for the darn thing. I have it situated now but I was really stressed out cause my pre-sale tickets never came in the mail. It was during the time were two mail carriers were caught either throwing away loads and loads of mail or burned up about 60+ huge crates of mail. I fear my mom and Is tickets were the victim of there fraudulent activity and was thrown away or burned. It’s a total loss. But it was a huge penny earned for me. Cause I emailed about the situation to ticketweb. They issued will call duplicate tickets to replace the lost tickets in the mail. So I was stressed out being in the meet and greet line trying to figure out where the fuck will call was in the building. I finally got to it. They held a ticket for my mom. I got myself and low and behold they felt bad about what happened. They gave me a free fucking ticket. I felt bad cause the ticket would purely go to waste. So I am keeping it as a reminder that even in shit times good things can happen. I went in and re-entered the meet and greet line. Everyone got there tote bag and posters that were signed. I was still confused as fuck as to were to go. The people who consoled me about being emotional about showing BVB my tattoo that day helped me out with getting my tote bag and signed poster. You ladies are amazing. I love you so much. Your the true context and reason of the BVB army. That’s why I am so happy and content with being a part of this army. Besides the bullshit and drama of the fan base. We all are amazing and kickass people. I was in line with my second family. I never felt so at home away from home. I watched everyone meet the guys. The perks of being the last person in line. I set my things on the side. My mom couldn’t come and meet the guys with me. She had to stay with the kid I used to babysit and her boyfriend. She said it’s a mom thing and said she couldn’t leave a 15 year old by herself. Which is common sense. I agree. So I pretty much did a big deal thing and met the guys alone. So it worked out. I remember the two girls that consoled me getting done with there meet and greet. It was my turn. Fuck. Does a potato turn red. Yes it does. There for red potatoes. I turned fifty shades of red potatoes inside. Although from the last time I met BVB. I apologized for being such a real asshole to there band. It took bravery and a lot of “I have been through hell and back, I sure as shit can come off behind the keyboard and mouse to give vis-vis apology for my wrong doing to BVB”. I sure as shit did on 11/8/2014. But this time I was meeting them on a new leaf cause the page had turned from the apology and them all forgiving me. I freaking had a beautiful BVB tattoo on shoulder to escalate things even more.

I want to say special thanks to two people. One to BVB’s bodyguard, Yanni, for making sure shit was together. Asking me if I was the last one in line. I should have said “This persons going to be the last one” lol. Ahh oh well. He did a great job. The second one goes to Katie Wiggins. Thank you so much for the small gesture of telling me to not forget about my things. I suffer chronic migraine. Which in turn affects my cognition. My stress at the time was through the roof and I left my stuff there cause my mom was not there at the time to hold it for me. She usually does it for me cause I am disabled. But I got my big girl pants on that day. I got through it. Thank you so much Katie for helping me remind myself to get my stuff. I am very thankful for you in that moment. If you ever read this. You’re very awesome. You kick ass at what you do. So thank you so much Yanni and Katie. This little section is a appreciation to you. Same goes with everyone on BVB crew.

But I said my Hello’s for the people who wanted me to forward them to the guys. Andy pops off “Everyone says Hi” I said “Pretty much”. Of course I handed out there individual fan letters. They all were very happy in receiving there fan letters. Of course Andy had to call me “Potatoes” which is what through me off. Never thought in a million years I would hear him say “Potatoes” to me(I am easily entertained 😂). I eventually recovered in my mind. Now the big moment. The sharing of my favorite thing on myself. My beautiful tattoo (see above). My first one. I told them I had something to show them. Then I showed them it. I wish I could freeze a moment. A moment in time that is precious as that was to me. When they all couldn’t say anything. But that they loved my tattoo. It’s right there I knew I had true devotion to this band and love. I felt so happy and proud to be a part of the BVB army. Despite my past. I am so happy that the leaf is turned now. That everything is new. I am excited to start a new and exciting adventure with the guys and BVB army beside me. You all individually mean the world to me. No matter how insignificant our friendship is. I love you so much. Always will. But what I experienced. Is something I will cherish forever.

Side note, I did get to tell my mom vis-vis that her ticket was being held at will call cause I couldn’t make out a call or a text cause my phones service got cut off. It was a pain in the ass. I was thankful I wasn’t the only one who had phone issues. Other people did to. I didn’t feel so alone.

As the regular queue was getting in. I already got my merch from early merch call. Even though before hand I already met BVBs merch guy and confused him. I said I needed the VIP tote bag and poster. He thought I was in line short changing him already to get merch. LOL. I helped him out diciphering Silverstein in the merch box. Oh hello middle school. There merch guys are funny.

I found my mom. Best sight ever. Took me 20 minutes. Her and I moved throughout the entire venue trying to get a great area to see the stage. We got the stairs. LOL. It is what it is. I enjoyed the enthusiasm of the crowd singing the venues radio station. Singing everything from Motley Crue to Bon Jovi. Between intermissions. It was very awesome to be a part of the choir again.

I want to make note that I found my uncle’s sidekick at the concert( For those who don’t know about my uncle Mark Hanna, he is a well known fan in the Pacific Northwest that has met loads of bands such as KISS, Warant before Jani Lane passed away, Quite Riot, Slaughter, NKOTB, and even met WWE wrestling stars. My uncle also has worked for 18 years local GNC supplement store in Lewiston, ID, the owner of the place is a member of the chipandales 😆 My uncle has gotten around a lot, he is considered a celebrity in my area, I support it loads however, being family I give him the tease eye roll lol I kid hahaha, My uncle is funny as hell). He was jumping up and down like a rabbit and air guitaring just like my uncle does at concerts. People were making jokes at him. But I wasn’t. He reminded me one of my favorite uncle’s, Uncle Mark. He is a character for doing crazy shit like that. Cool little of track note, I went to a Dokken concert in 2011. I shit you not, my uncle had his own little gig on the floor going and people were supporting the hell out of him. I am always on my uncle’s team. It’s the funniest thing I’ve ever seen when Don Dokken has to stop the concert and say “Yo dude you put my moves to shame”. It’s always something when I bring my uncle to shows. I hope someday I get to bring him to Black Veil Brides.

Crown The Empire was very good. I am not to much of fan. But I enjoyed there set as a specktator. As I learned from my past experience from hating bands,etc. It’s not worth my time. But I simply just enjoyed the company of good people. Sparked up mini conversations with people around me while CTE was playing. I am wished I could have paid attention. But beings though the music wasn’t doing it for me. I didn’t want to force myself into liking the music. I gave them my respect. For that, I was given my dignity and respect from people around me.

Now to get into the two acts I was looking forward to seeing. Asking Alexandria for the first time. BVB for the third time. But this was my first time seeing Asking Alexandria for the first time. I have been trying to see AA for years now. I remember the last time they came through to Spokane not with BVB but they were on the ten years in the black tour. But my grandpa was in the hospital dying. So I couldn’t make it to Spokane to see them. I had to stay in Orofino to bid farewell to my lovely grandfather who passed away November 1st,2016. So this was my grandpa saying sorry and enjoy your time of seeing AA. It was funny as hell that they had to come out twice due to crew error cause one of their crew heads forgot to plug in the power auxiliary cords. So we got to see AA twice in a one for show. Ben and Danny kept the hooker and prostitute jokes flowing. James looked very amused. While the crew worked on to get power up. I enjoyed my first time seeing Asking Alexandria. I mostly got worked up when the acoustic set got pulled out and”Vultures” and I cried when Danny tributed “Someone, Somewhere” to the armed forced and the people who have lost their lives. I looked up at the concert venue ceiling and blew a kiss to my grandpa’s Ross and Hanna. To my classmate Kelsey A. who died stationed in Guam. They played songs that have been a great help to my sobriety. Like “To The Stage” I will be five years clean on March 22, 2018. It hasn’t been a easy fest for me. It’s been hell. I live in hell every day with my opiod addiction. I live in pain every day with my medical issues. So to hear some of the “Reckless and Relentless” album played live in front of me. Has impacted my sobriety in such a way that I am appreciative and thankful for it. To hear classics of AA’s such as “The Final Prphochy” ,”Not The American Average”, “Killing You” “Run Free” , etc and new songs such as “Where did it go?”, “Alone In A Room”, “Into The Fire”, etc played were truly awestruckingly kickass to me. I have been a fan of theirs for five years. But finally to see them live is something I will never forget. Especially playing their last song the encore “Moving On” the song to which I fell in love with Asking Alexandria to begin with. To hear and see the song played live that connected you to the band for the first time, I can quite surely say that there were tears, goosebumps, and needing the the restroom afterwards. Hahaha.

Now the stage was getting ready for Black Veil Brides. Whilst while everyone else was waiting for BVBs crew to get there set ready. The venues radio station came back on again. Now the choir was really getting our pipes practicing and ready for the sweet torture of screaming the lyrics and singing every word to each track played by Black Veil Brides. Everything from Metallica, Motley Crue, Bon Jovi, etc. Plus during each intermission my mom and I dealt with people confused if we were in the line for the concessions or not. I told them they were in the right place and I wasn’t in line but in my spot a hundred times. LOL.

Of course Black Veil Brides blew up the house at the Knitting Factory again. I tried taking pictures. But decided against cause my old fashioned soul wanted to enjoy every drop of unleashing three years of anguish, hurt, frustrations, etc into that concert. That one night. I wanted to just be care free and not deal with my problems for the precious time I had with BVB in concert. They opened the choir with “Faithless” , “Coffin” , “Rebel Love Song” ,”The Legacy” , “Lost It All” ,”Wake Up”,”I Am Bulletproof” “When They Call They Name”, “Wretched and Divine”,”Knives and Pens” “Shadows Die” , “Perfect Weapon” , “Fallen Angels” and “In The End”. From start to finish I was screaming and headbanging like my life depended on it. I felt at home away from home from potatoland. I felt like I was one with the people in the concert venue. Although we were different in many ways, we all shared the same bonds and love through music that holds our army or family together. Whatever we go through as in terms of drama bullshit or whatever. Always know family has each other’s backs no matter what. I felt like everyone in that concert venue despite some drunk asshole getting thrown out of the venue for being a asshole, my poor little kid I used to babysit got into a tussle with her boyfriend. Thankfully her boyfriend protected my little kid I used to babysit and punched the guy who was harrassing people and trying to start a bad mosh pit. Her boyfriend did get messed up a bit but he is 110 okay. No broken bones or anything. He said he sprained his ankle a bit. But we called his grandma to ask how he is doing and all is well. He calls it concert battle wounds. The security guard thanked him for punching him. It was funny. Despite him being hurt.

I quite enjoyed the #TBT on “When They Call They Name” it’s such a beautiful thing to ever happen and to witness live. I will never forget I thought out loud when liquid butter interview snippet came up and I yelled “Andy’s voice is like liquid butter”. I had two reactions. The people who got it. The people who did not get it. The people who got it doubled over and loled. The others just gave me the wtf look. Hahaha. But anyways the material used on it created by Patrick Fogarty was very emotional and beautiful to see.

Whomever is AA’s and BVB’s lighting director. Mad props to you guys works on the best theatrics for each set. I have chronic migraine. Even though there was white used in the affects. My sensitivity to light is very aggressive. It wasn’t to sharp or hard. My only concern is to put filters on the pure white backgrounds or use an off white background cause there is a huge group of people in the BVB army and AA family that suffers chronic migraine. Other than that your visuals and lightning is spectacular as a potato getting bedazzled.

The part where everyone sang Juliet a belated Happy Birthday was a cool experience I will never forget. Ever. It was incredibly awestruckingly beautiful to see Juliet being so shy to get up on stage and accept her birthday wishes from the crowd.

My mom and I enjoyed the encore. She enjoys her favorite’s “In The End” and “Fallen Angels”. She absolutely goes bonkers when they play her two favorites last. It’s become the highlight of every Black Veil Brides show of mine. Seeing my 47 mother fangirl so hard over BVB is something I take near and dear to my heart. I never knew how the fuck I turned her on to BVB. But I am very happy that I did so. It’s the best thing in the world. To bond with my mom with a a band with positive recollection of self worth and being proud of who you are. This is the fucking band I want parents to bond with there children. I want parents disregard what the internet has to say about Black Veil Brides and actually go to there concerts and actually experience the choir for themselves. Who cares what there co-worker Sally or Tim said about BVB. Those people are people of my past life I chose never to resurrect again. Miserable people. My homework for people out there who are afraid of taking there kids to BVB concert. Just do it. The new found bond I have with my mom is amazing. I couldn’t take it for granted. This for the countless posts I read from kids whom have parents who won’t take there kids to concerts.

I also had the pleasure of meeting Jake Pitts aunt and uncle at the show. They are very kind and generous people. Jake’s relatives are very funny. Jake’s aunt popped off to me “This is my type of music I listen to but we are here to support our nephew, Jake Pitts” and his uncle said ” I quite enjoy our nephews music the rest is just not my type” Jake Pitts, your aunt and uncle rule. I walked out of the venue laughing my ass off cause that.

All in all, our trip home was great and smooth sailing. Our group got to see a man get arrested for possible drugs at a pit stop in Colfax, Washington. Upon our departure from the gas station from Colfax to home the guy got out of police custody. Me thinking out loud again popped off again “Yo dude you better go inside and buy a lottery ticket.” Everyone started laughing hard at my little comment. Then on the way home, Z-Rock 96.5 played “The Last One” as an ode to a farewell to great night of memories made with lovely people. It was a great gravy topper to the mashed potatoes of the night I had with great people. Everyone go to and from home safely. Got to see a awesome concert. Filled with new memories and ones that I will never forget till the day I die. Especially the one of showing BVB my tattoo. That has stuck with me for awhile. I am afriad it’s going to stick forever. Ever. I can’t wait to see them in the future. Keep being “Be well, be strong” and “Never give in, never back down.”

I also need your help I am going to be coming up with a deadline for this soon. But it’s up to you, you the reader you got my digital pen you get the chance to voice to your opinion on “Vale” link here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScjgfQBa3HDiHBmNr1NUncErE6580GtzxED8tw6DCsAGLBANw/viewform

I am also in the process of reviewing Asking’s self titled so everything is very slothy in my headquarters. I am a very small percentile of BVB army members whom got extremely sick straight after the concert. It’s either the flu or the cold. I happened to got the cold. I didn’t catch it at the concert. So unfortunately for us small percentile fans this bug was watching and waiting to attack us at the right moment. I am still not one hundred percent. But I am feeling better now. But will slowly be getting into my reviews. 😊🤘

Enjoy this read. I appreciate and love every one of my readers.

Concert at Knitting Factory, Spokane, Washington. February 27th 2018. The Resurrection Tour: Asking Alexandria, Black Veil Brides, and Crown The Empire.

Written by: Mariah Hanna @PotatoBVBQueen *See About page about astric 3/19/2018

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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**

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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/