It all started September 3. On that faithful afternoon, senior Megan Miller tweeted to State College legends My Hero Zero that her goal for senior year was to go on stage and sing “Mambo No. 5” with the band.
“I’ve been tweeting at My Hero Zero since March to play ‘Mambo No. 5,'” Megan said. “The persistent asking actually became a joke with my brother and his friends because one of them actually got My Hero Zero to play ‘Welcome to the Black Parade’ by heckling them so much, so I became the new heckler.”
After seeing My Hero Zero at Champs, Megan woke up and tweeted at the band asking if she could sing on stage with them.
The band soon responded, giving Megan an ultimatum: Get 100 retweets and she could sing along to their performance of the Lou Bega classic on stage.
My goal of senior year is to go up on stage with @myherozerolive & sing Mambo No 5 with them. Can you make my dream a reality for one night?
— Megan Miller (@meg_mil25) September 3, 2017
Get 100 retweets on this and you can. 🙆
— My Hero Zero (@myherozerolive) September 3, 2017
As you can see, Megan more than delivered with 105 retweets on My Hero Zero’s response.
“I have had a weird obsession with ‘Mambo No. 5’ for years,” Megan said. “Every bar I go to, I always ask the band to play ‘Mambo No. 5’ no matter where. Numerous bands have played ‘Mambo No. 5’ for me after I ask, but My Hero Zero never did — they always stuck to their set list.”
But the band stayed true to its word, but needed to learn how to perform the song first. They tweeted a video to Megan of a “Mambo No. 5” rehearsal last month.
— My Hero Zero (@myherozerolive) September 14, 2017
“They tweeted me a video of them practicing and telling me to brush up on my vocals,” Megan said. “In return, I went to Primanti’s karaoke night twice to see if I could actually sing Mambo without freezing up.”
Megan finally gave the rest of us an update on October 13:
TONIGHT IS THE NIGHT LADIES AND GENTS
— Megan Miller (@meg_mil25) October 14, 2017
While she was originally slated to sing the song closer to the end of the semester, Megan’s brother was in town last weekend, so she asked My Hero Zero if she could move her debut up to Friday night at Champs Downtown. Of course, the band agreed.
“The guys of My Hero Zero are extremely nice,” Megan said. “I honestly thought they would hate me because I was making them learn a new song, but they thought the entire situation was funny. They’re honestly really chill and I loved talking to them.”
Let it never be said we aren’t men of our words. 105 retweet later. Mambo No. 5 happened. 🙌🏻 🎺🎷 https://t.co/pBMayzLsGm
— My Hero Zero (@myherozerolive) October 14, 2017
“This was the BEST four minutes of my life,” Megan said after her performance. “I was on an adrenaline high and it was incredible. Let it be known that I cannot sing well, but I would sing again in a heartbeat because that’s how amazing it was.”
You can see a video of Megan’s performance below.
Editor’s note: If a blog can have an anthem, ours is “Mambo No. 5.” Lou Bega is daddy. Megan is our soul sister.