You might not remember me, and I don’t mind that at all. I mentioned something about Broken Hearts and Torn Up Letters and the Story of a Lonely Girl being mystically written about me. I don’t expect that to be something that sticks out to anyone, but, I’m digressing from my point here.
I’ve been reading a lot about how people are assuming you’ve put yourself on a pedestal and how they assume you are extremely arrogant. Most people know you are not. However, I have come to discover that there is a certain arrogance that is associated with celebrity that many people just can’t escape from. It’s the ‘oh, he’s famous, he must be an asshole!’ syndrome that everyone - maybe not everyone, I’m just generalizing - seems to get the impression of when they are discovering celebrities. It’s a natural reaction from most people to assume that because someone is famous, that person must be smarter than they are, they must be mean and snotty and diva-ish and they must not give two fucks about their fans. It’s a pretty good assumption, I’ll give them that.
However, that being said, it’s also a very stupid assumption. And now for my reasoning on this subject. One, celebrities have no shot at anonymity anymore. They are trapped in the lime light for the rest of their lives or until people lose interest. Paparazzi follow them everywhere. They have fans who are stalkers. They suddenly find that they have no privacy at all. So, many become assholes to make the paparazzi go away. That is not a reflection of how they treat their fans, it’s not a reflection of who they are. It’s just a reaction to the sudden evaporation of any semblance of personal privacy and anonymity they might have had. Self-defense, if you will.
Now, you are a different breed entirely. You haven’t let fame really get to you. Yes, you have learned to live with it, even use it advantageously to advertise what you might be doing next. For that, I commend you. You have never deviated from who you are or what you want to say. You come across as intelligent, talented and outspoken. You aren’t arrogant. You actually do treat your fans very well - I have a friend who has met you a few times and she told me you were very, very kind, which is more than I can say for some. You get defensive when people try to knock you off the pedestal they put you on; they forget you’re a person too, just like they are. It’s just something people tend to forget. It’s like a switch flips and suddenly, celebrities are no longer people. They’re now your favorite soap opera, and honestly, that isn’t how anyone should be treated, so I thoroughly applaud you for not letting it get to you - or at the very least, not letting it show that it does.
I sincerely hope you continue to stay true to your own path and to who you are, and I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for writing the songs that say what I have wanted to for years. You truly are a hero, and I wish you the best of luck.
your music has got me through cancer 3 times. there’s a song for every mood. missed your concert in portsmouth last year but hope to catch seeing you all next time.
i wish nothing but happiness and all things good to you guys. keep doing the good work. best wishes, P Thayre
Dear Ian Watkins (and Lostprophets),
I don’t see myself in any song you’ve written, you haven’t saved my life.
I just fucking love your band, I just do. I just love your songs even when you sing that the malls should talk. 5 years of loving Lostprophets without reason. That a thing I can’t explain.
I love Lostprophets, I love Ian, and Lee, and Stu, and Mike, and Jamie, and Jocko, and FSOP, and Start Somethng, and Liberation Transmission, and the Betrayed.
Hi Ian, my name is Kieren. I’m in my mid 20s and live in Sydney, Australia. I am new to Tumblr…I mostly Facebook but thought this is the best place to get in touch with you. I’ve been listening to your band since 2004. The sound on the second album drew me in. At the time, I also read your interview with Designer Magazine (taken not long after the release of the first album) and admired your way of thinking and found the whole idea of a straight edge rocker, quite fascinating. Consequently, I listed you on my Facebook page as the person whom inspires me. It’s taken me a while to work up the courage to express my thoughts, given you’re a man of reasonable intellect and I was a bit conscious of the stuff I’d write. The countless fans that all want your attention was the other obvious factor that had something to do with it. Sometimes I’m not great at expressing myself but I always write with passion. I’m the kinda guy that wears his heart on his sleeve, if you know what I mean.
Your ability to put thoughts to paper amazes me. I can relate to the issues you write/sing about. These are also the challenges I’ve encountered in my life and still do inc. the pain, the hardship, set-backs, people and their doubts in your ability. I was always under the impression that these are the things that are close to your heart and something you went/go through. I admire your general approach to life, refusal to change your persona for anyone and attitude.
I’m frequently told to “grow out of it”, when I’m playing Lost Prophets but I still haven’t and won’t, simply because the sound makes me happy and brings positivity to my life! If I still have your attention, I’d like to write something to you in the near future that will hopefully challenge your mind ahaha. I’ll do my best to sound a bit more hip and ACTUALLY talk about music and the emotionally fuelled sound that’s Lost Prophets!
P.S. Your voice in Miles Away from Nowhere is amaaazing. Too bad it couldn’t be included on the first album. I think it’s a brilliant demo.
I’m not English, so please forgive my mistakes. I’ve been wanting to write you since ages ago. But I never found the courage to write you. I don’t know why, I’ve always had the feeling of not having interesting things to tell.
I’m a 24 years old Italian girl who makes Music the center of her life.
I’ve been following you guys since 2006, it was love at first listening. I know I’m not one of your oldest fans, I don’t follow you from the beginning, but now it’s been almost 6 years and I listen to your songs every day. For the happiness of my mother and neighbors.
I’ve always been hearing people yelling “This band changed my life” I was skeptic, and karma hit me in my back, because when I heard ‘Last summer’ for the first time I was wondering why in Italy such an amazing song isn’t known? Why can’t I hear it on radio or see the video on tv?
At the time I was studying Economics, but my real passion was web design, to create websites for me or my friends. And with one of my best friend I opened a fansite about Lostprophets. It was in both English and Italian, at the time I really didn’t know anything about English, my best friend did. I started studying by myself to help her and have the satisfaction to read the articles about the band all by myself. Without help. A simple passion became bigger and bigger, and we had to work really hard to spread the word in Italy, about how amazing you guys were (and still are). No one trust us, people looked at us like we were foolish. We had to send tons of e-mails, to everyone who could help us, and after few months we managed to reach a contact with Sony Italy.
One of the most beautiful days of my life. (also for my friend, I think).
Your songs always a beautiful feeling, they were (and are) the soundtracks of my life. And I found the courage to tell my parent that I hate Economics, they forced it on me, ‘cause my first choice would have been ‘Advertising’ which wasn’t good enough in their opininion.
I’ve struggled and now, in February I’ll take my degree on Advertising. I’m proud of it, and I’m proud to tell on my thesis how much Music can help people. Well, in a sort of way. I’ll be talking about my project, and my websites about you, that now are two, one in Italian, and one in English (the site who organized the FanVideo for the band). I can tell in my thesis how I felt when I met you in Italy at the Meet&Greet that WE helped to organize. (If you remember, I’m the girl who touched your butt and still I’m ashamed for it, can I appeal to mental disability caused by having you in front of me?).
Ah! Yes! I won one of pass for the prelisting party in London last year in January! I remember that day like it was yesterday. When we arrived at the airport there was no flight for London. «Hell NO» was a motto for that day. We stayed almost 12 hours at the airport, and we took a scheduled flight, the ONLY one who would leave from Milan. My father was speechless when he discovered that I spent almost 1000€ for two days in London. I blamed the snow. It wasn’t my fault if the flight ticket costed 500+€. I never gave up on the chance to see you in flesh and bones and listen to the album before the rest of the world. I’m proud of it, I don’t care if people don’t get how important it was for me. In the past year I lived in hell, my mom had a stroke with a surgery (4 bypass), I was really upset and a little bit downhearted, but with your music, the memories of the Italian gig, the Prelisting party and the meet and greet helped me to go on. I took 10 exams and now I’m writing my graduation thesis. Thanks to you guys I met amazing friends from all around the world, and I understood the importance to never give up on fighting for what I want. I hope to see you on the next tour, and maybe take another pic together.
So thank you. You made my life better.