No Touching Allowed

I was about 16-years-old the first time I saw Fall Out Boy in “concert.” They preformed at a small music festival at the rec center within walking distance from my house. There were, to my memory, a handful of kids there. I jumped and sang along to Take This to Your Grave whilst making eye contact with Pete Wentz [who was so hot, prior to the whole dick pic thing] and Patrick Stump.

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Months ago, my cousin Amy and I decided that we’d go see them [and Paramore!] when they came to Amy’s town of Charlotte, North Cackalacky. Thankfully, I have two uncles in radio, and one was able to get us passes to meet Fall Out Boy.


When we arrived, the radio intern who was tasked with taking us “backstage,” told us there were several very important rules:

1. No autographs [wtf, fall out boy?!]

2. No kissing [fiiiine.]


I wanted to be like: Patrick, I liked you when you were fat and had a minimal fan base. I’m not new here. We could be together. But, life happened.

Remember – no autographs, no kissing, NO TOUCHING. 

So, what’s the first thing I do when I walk up to take the picture?

I put my arm around Patrick Stump. Like, an enthusiastic Duggar side hug.

In a moment of panic, I turned to him and said, “OH MY GOD! No touching! I’m so sorry!” He laughed at me and told me it was fine.

But, so much was left unsaid.

A missed opportunity.

Welcome to my awkward life, ladies and gentlemen.



    • Colleen says

      Hard to tell! Patrick Stump seemed like such a doll, really. [He is SO pretty in real life. His skin and teeth are perfect!] I think Pete Wentz seems like a douche, but that could be my own preconceived notions. I honestly think M&Gs are just as awkward for the band, so I feel for them!

  1. says

    I’ve been reading your blog on the Bloglovin’ app , so I don’t know how long you’ve had the new layout and header, but I like it!! Did you do it yourself, or did you hire someone? I’m thinking about redesigning mine.

  2. says

    Oh my god, I would have DIED. I saw Fall Out Boy 3 times in middle/high school, though never in the intimate setting you were lucky enough to experience! They’re just so fun to see in concert. Sigh.

    • Colleen says

      RIGHT?! I’ve loved them I felt so silly at the concert, as many of the other fans were like, 12. I had to remind myself that I wasn’t too old…they were too young! 😉

  3. says

    I saw Fall Out Boy about a year ago and Patrick Stump was amazing! He kept apologizing because he had a cold and sounded rough, but he was still SO good! I’m so jealous you got to Duggar side hug him!

  4. says

    Working in music, I’ve heard some crazy fan stories so I get that sometimes they have to make these crazy rules for a reason but REALLY…no autographs? No touching is a little weird but I guess they need to say it so they don’t have to clarify “no hugging, no groping, no trying to take off their clothes, etc.” lol!

    • Colleen says

      I know, based on the other “clientele” at this meet and greet, I completely understand the rules. I’m sure they’ve had their far share of groping and awkward touching. That said, I have all my teeth and it’s obvious that I showered, soooo let’s touch.

  5. Casey says

    I’m super late reading this but I’M SO JEALOUS!!! My friend and I went to FOB and I was freaking out! Oddly, there were a ton of older men at our concert. Like, probably 50s-60s. And they weren’t with their kids or anything. I still can’t figure that one out! I can’t believe you got to meet them! That’s so awesome! I’ve always thought Pete was so hot, but he probably is a douche.

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