Billie Joe Armstrong signed my guitar tonight. Yeah, that happened. Instead of taking an hour, it took about three hours. I was playing in my apartment, trying to tune it down a half step and the high E string snapped. It was ten to eight and Rudy’s was closing, so after a quick text to my guitar teacher, he told me that The Guitar Center on 14th and 6th was open until nine. I gave them a quick call and headed down. Ninety-three cents later my string was repaired and I headed up to midtown. I got to theatre as the show let out and sat in the orchestra near the door. Michael Mayer, Billie Joe Armstrong, Tom Kitt, John Gallagher Jr, Michael Esper, Gerard Canonico, Lorin Latarro, and Kevin Adams took the stage along with Time Out New York’s David Cote for a Q & A. I recorded about half of it and I’m uploading it as we speak, but that’s not why I’m posting this picture.
As soon as they wrapped, I left the door that was three feet to my left and headed to the Jujamcyn office door on the east side of the theatre. I also unloaded my guitar from it’s case and crossed my fingers. People gathered quickly and Billie Joe came out in a matter of minutes and screaming commenced. He had his own Sharpie and as soon as he came out, he looked down at my guitar, smiled, and signed it before moving towards his car and onwards to sign playbills and CDs. I gathered my guitar and it’s case and made a hasty escape from the scene to Theatre Circle where I showed my friend my accomplishment and stored the guitar safely back in it’s case.
I texted pictures to a few friends and came home. Now I’m going to play it.