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Wednesday 20 August 2014

Vaccines' Young: Friends forget me

The Vaccines frontman Justin Young confessed he used to feel uncomfortable on stage

The Vaccines' frontman Justin Young has revealed his friends forget to invite him out on a Friday night, because they assume he is always busy.

The Teenage Icon rocker admits life on the road can be lonely, and even when he isn't touring, he sometimes feels out of the loop.

Justin said: "I love going to new places and meeting new people. I find it all so exciting. Sometimes we get a bit of time in new places, but there are other places where you just roll in and roll out, and that's frustrating.

"Another thing - and I don't want this to be misconstrued as a moan - is that touring involves a lot of sacrifice. You never see friends, so even when you're free people stop phoning you on a Friday night."

The musician also revealed he used to pretend to be happy on stage, because he felt he owed it to the fans.

"I used to be so uncomfortable on stage," he explained. "To counter it I just took myself out of the situation. I felt insecure and uptight, but then I thought that if I had been watching someone play to that many people, I wouldn't have enjoyed it if the frontman was uptight. Plus, I wouldn't have been stood there judging it on what the frontman was doing. I'd just be trying to have a good time, and hoping the band were too.

"It's not making being on stage look natural to everyone else that matters, but it feeling natural to yourself. I felt uncomfortable pretending to be happy on stage, but ironically it was when I learned that I didn't have to that I started feeling comfortable."

:: The Vaccines are touring the UK throughout November and December.

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