Today I stepped out from my journalistic shoes to fulfill a childhood dream: meeting my favourite pop band McFly. I've met them before but only ever at official signings where you queue up for years to get all of about 20 seconds to thrust your cd in their direction, recieving a rushed scribble on whatever single they're currently promoting for your efforts. What I was really after as a fan was a chance to talk to the band, get to know them a little and hopefully convey to them what a massive influence they've had on my musical development as a teenager, and luckily for me, I got my wish.
Having grown up in the peak of McFly mania where girls would screech at a mere glimpse of the four boys, I was expecting a near on apocalypse when they announced that they would be doing meet and greets around the country for all of the 'Pioneer' members of their exclusive and innovative fansite, Super City. However, today was a pleasant and relaxed affair, merely a controlled numbers of dedicated fans queuing patiently in a plush hotel to meet their favourite band, a band who many of us have grown up with and whom to an extent we feel we already know, thanks to their obsession with social networking. Once in the M&G room, the boys spread wide, allowing fans to mingle, chat with them, ogle their admittedly very toned physiques, get autographs and otherwise use up their 45 minute slot in the room in whichever way they saw fit.
Being the bands chief songwriter and creative force, and also the most accomodating when I'd met them before, I turned my attentions first to Tom Fletcher, who was indeed as nice as I'd remembered him, chatting affably about Pottermore, Disneyworld and V Festival. I congratulated him on his recent engagement and told him how long I've been a fan, and he seemed genuinely pleased to hear that somebody had followed their career for the whole of their existence, nearly 8 years.
Next came Dougie and Danny. Both seemed a little tired but pleasant regardless, posing for photographs and making idle conversation, even bursting into little snippets of song and giving a guided tour of their tattoos (in Danny;s case). It really was a valuable insight to how hard they work as a band: it can't be easy smiling away for hours on end but both treated every fan with respect despite the heat in the room and the fact that they had to get up early the next day to do it all over again.
Lastly was Harry, who I was a little sceptical about from what I've heard of people meeting him before. However, I was pleasantly suprised as he was the friendliest of the bunch, answering fan questions and enquiring their names and how far they'd travelled.Very sweet considering the size of the crowd around him.
So, all in all, a very fun day out that in essence, I'd waited nearly 8 years for. I've always stood by McFly and maintained that no other band do more for their fans, or keep such a high sense of professionalism, and today was a prime example of how much a good fanbase really make a band. Long live McFly!
For more official pictures see photostream: http://www.flickr.com/photos/66004969@N06/sets/72157627354003944/
A little video of Danny Jones taking fans requests (all credit to sherbert1992 on YouTube)