January 16, 2013


Warped Special Guest Amanda Makki: "On That Day I Was an Actual Rock Star"

Amanda onstage with Falling in Reverse
Amanda onstage with Falling in Reverse

In just a few episodes, Warped Roadies has already taken us through a slew of emotions. But the most touching story by far has been Amanda's. 

We met the 15-year-old from Dearborn, Michigan in episode 4 when Living The Dream Foundation brought her wildest dreams to life, literally putting her onstage at Warped Tour for a day. 

After hearing her speak so courageously about battling cancer and seeing her sling a microphone onstage with Falling in Reverse, we wanted to get to know the girl who embodies punk rock perseverance.

She was generous enough to give us some of her time and at the end of it, we loved her even more. 

Don't feel alone because I'm right there with you, and I love you.

How did it feel when Living the Dream contacted you?

When Living the Dream first contacted me, I thought it was all some sort of sick joke or something. It seemed too good to be true. I was really happy.

Amanda with Ronnie Radke of Falling in Reverse
Amanda with Ronnie Radke of Falling in Reverse

How did it feel to share the stage with Falling In Reverse?

Sharing the stage with Falling In Reverse was surreal. I couldn't believe I was up there watching all those people go crazy. I still don't believe it! I didn't know what to do because I've never done it before, but after a little while, I got the hang of it. And it was so much fun.

You posted Twitter pictures of yourself onstage with other bands. What can you tell us about the experiences we didn't get to see on TV? Anything exciting happen backstage?

What wasn't exciting?! Everything -- even leaving -- was exciting to me. [Laughs] But I think that there was a lot that happened that day, and even though they didn't really get to capture it all, they got most of it.

I watched Motionless In White perform, and I met Mayday Parade, who gave us a little tour of their bus. I went on Falling In Reverse's tour bus! That was really cool. I'm not sure if this made it on the show, but I met Austin Carlile [Lead singer for Of Mice & Men], and we had a lovely conversation about how tall he was.

I know they showed parts of me on stage with Pierce The Veil, but Vic Fuentes sang "Yeah Boy and Doll Face" to me, and I bawled my eyes out right after.

Amanda backstage with Austin Carlile from Of Mice & Men
Amanda backstage with Austin Carlile from Of Mice & Men

What have you been doing since Warped Tour?

Since Warped Tour, I've really just been enjoying life. I'm really happy with everything that's been going on. I'm in remission now, so that's amazing. Nothing can hold me back. I'm focusing more on my goals in life, and one of those is ultimately to become an actress.

Amanda on Mayday Parade's Tour Bus
Amanda on Mayday Parade's Tour Bus

We heard you kicked cancer's ass. How did it feel to hear that news?

Hell yeah, I did! The doctors told me beforehand that we were going to do about one year of chemo and radiation. So I finished my one year, and I still have to go back and do testing and whatnot to ensure that it's gone.

But my doctors told me that, so far, they don't think anything else is there, and that's really good. We just need to keep an eye out for any bumps or anything that seems unusual.

What advice would you give to kids going through difficult situations?

Stay strong. You may not see it now, but there's a light at the end of every tunnel, and you will live to get through it. Just believe in yourself. Don't let anyone bring you down.

You have cancer? Show it who's boss. Stay positive, and kick its ass. You struggle with depression? You're gonna be okay. Just hold on, and look for the positive things in life. You can do anything you set your mind to. Don't feel alone because I'm right there with you, and I love you.

What will you do to try and top your Warped Tour experience?

Nothing could ever possibly top my experience at Warped Tour. I'll remember that day forever because on that day, I was an actual rock star.

Watch a recap of Amanda's time on Warped Roadies. We think she stole the show!