Dear The Wanted, We’re Glad You Came

May 21, 2014
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As the calendar turns to January 1st, we look forward to a clean slate and a fresh start. Unfortunately, January 2014 included an announcement that left our entire team with heavy hearts. A statement released on The Wanted’s official website confirmed Tom, Max, Siva, Nathan and Jay would be taking time to “pursue personal endeavors.” Saturday May 17th marked the end of an era as The Wanted performed together for the last time—at least for now.

Emotions were all over the place on Saturday night as The Wanted took the stage in Shawnee, Oklahoma. Unfortunately, travel arrangements and the end of the semester made it impossible for me to be in the audience as the lads took their final bow. Don’t worry, I made sure to stay updated courtesy of my Twitter timeline and YouTube videos. I’ve posted a couple of my favorite moments from Saturday night’s show below so you definitely need to check them out!

During an onstage thank you speech, Jay summed it up best: we just don’t have the words. Tears were flowing the entire time as the lads thanked their sound engineers and Kev, and simultaneously sharing many hugs with one another. Later on in the show, the guys thanked their incredible Fanmily because in Nathan’s words, “it’s been awesome.” An onstage group hug was enough to bring everyone to tears as Max thanked Tom, Siva, Jay and Nathan for being the best people he’s met in his life. Max, we feel the same way.

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Over the years, we’ve grown to love the lads for their talent and their unique personalities. We saw them open for Bieber on the Believe Tour many times. We fell in love with them as The Wanted Life took over our TV screens weekly. We’ve been in the audience as they performed at the historic Roseland Ballroom in New York City. We’ve seen them in Detroit, Chicago, Atlanta and Kansas City. Whether it’s one of our editors, a couple of our writers or our self-proclaimed hype-girls, the WeKnowTheDJ team has spent a significant amount of time with the members of The Wanted. We’ve been fans since the beginning and we’ll continue to be fans of those five guys from across the pond.

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Thankfully, we’ve gotten pretty good at finding the silver lining in most situations and that’s exactly what we’re doing right now. The previously released statement stresses that the band “will continue on as The Wanted and look forward to many successful projects together in the future.” Well boys, we’re definitely looking forward to that—See you soon!

Meg C. (@meganciampo)

 

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