Metallica fan sees rockers' softer side
Thu, 04 Nov 2010 11:28a.m.
By Jenny Suo
Teenage cancer battler Jed Roberts can’t put in words how he felt when he was given the chance to meet his all time favourite band: Metallica.
The 17-year-old, who was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia at the end of last year, had always wanted to meet his heavy metal heroes.
“I’ve listened to their music for years and years and I really, really wanted to meet them, there hasn’t ever been anything else,” says Jed.
So when the Mount Maunganui student found out charitable foundation Make A Wish New Zealand was giving him that very chance, he was speechless.
“It’s hard to put in words. The second I found out, I was over the moon. I was really excited, I couldn’t believe it was happening.”
Jed’s father, Dean says he had low expectations when he applied for the wish, but Jed never lost hope.
“Make A Wish let us know several times how difficult it was to meet celebrities and that we should make an alternative wish, but Jed just stuck to his guns and said all he wanted to do was meet the band,” says Mr Roberts.
On the day of the meet and greet, Jed’s sickness almost caused him to cancel, but the Metallica junkie was adamant he would attend.
He says he “toughened up and just went for it”.
Jed and his father were picked up by a limo and taken to Auckland’s Vector Arena.
“It was a really slow drive and the tension just kept building, I just couldn’t believe it was actually happening.”
One by one, each band member spent time with Jed back stage until show time.
He says it was surprising how personable the heavy metal rockers were.
“They were really friendly. If you met them on the street you wouldn’t think they were rock stars. They just talked about their family, what they’re doing and their music.”
Jed had hoped to stay for the concert, but he was too unwell.
His dad Dean says he was touched by the band’s sensitivity: “Lars Ulrich, the drummer came in and said, ‘Look Jed, I hear you’re sick, would you like to come into the rehearsal room and we’ll do your own concert just for you?’.”
The young fan had to turn down his private show as well, but went home with guitar picks and drum sticks personally gifted to him.
Jed says he’ll have memories for life, and his father hopes they’ll meet again.
“Jed’s a strong one. If he wasn’t so strong, I don’t know where we’d be…Jed missed the concert but who knows, maybe one day he will be well enough to go.”
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13/03/2011 9:22:19 p.m.
Hi. I am Jed's sister and i just wanted to say thank you so much for letting him have this opportunity. He enjoyed it so much (:
4/02/2011 12:04:18 a.m.
Sarah Penney wrote:
Hey a, I am Jed's cousin and am soooo stoked that Jed got his wish to meet Metallica. Thanks to the Make a Wish Foundation for helping a special dude meet his idols! Get well soon Jed - thinking of you ....
7/11/2010 10:00:30 a.m.
Brilliant by metallica, really hope Jed gets well and soon he will be in the crowd moshing to master of puppets!
7/11/2010 6:32:52 a.m.
Wolf J. Flywheel wrote:
Proud and honered to be a Metallica fan of 22 years. Things like this make me love them even more. Get well, JED!
6/11/2010 9:19:54 p.m.
rocker chick wrote:
thats why everyone likes metallica so much their such down to earth people, and behind the metal is hearts of gold
6/11/2010 2:45:36 a.m.
Metallica Fan. wrote:
Awesome. So cool that the kid got to hang out with the boys from his favorite band, Metallica. A very moving story. Cancer's tough; I hope he can recover from all this, somehow. Hats off to Metallica for taking the time to do something so kind. Good work, all around. :-)
4/11/2010 9:24:49 p.m.
I'm Jed's Aunty thankyou so much for making his wish come true he's a nephew everyone wishes to have.
4/11/2010 4:29:20 p.m.
Awesome, Metallica rock man their the best. Good on them for doing that for this guy
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