“I went with a friend of mine who had this amazing body. She wore this really low-cut red dress, and I wore a black suit with a big red rose. I thought to myself, ‘OK, I’m going to show these boys how it’s done. This is how you wear a suit!’ ”
“I showed up super late in a pink tux, just being cool. Me and my date were there for about five minutes, then we jetted.”
“My prom was casino-themed, like James Bond blackjack. I had the worst stomachache from binge-drinking margaritas in the car, which you’re wont to do in Texas. I’m not sure what I wore but it was probably hideous.”
“I wore a powder-blue tux that I thought looked good. They were flood pants, with platform boots — that’s all I’m going to say. Then I tried to throw the biggest-ever kegger hotel party, which didn’t take long to get busted. That was my first real encounter with the law. A keg party at a hotel always goes bad — at any age.”
“My senior year was after I won American Idol.; I was being homeschooled. But my brother was a freshman at my old high school, so they made an exception and let me ask him to prom. It was so fun!”
Erik Ratensperger (of the band Junior Prom)
“This girl Tiffany and I were friends, but I really liked her and hoped that if I showed up to her prom, we’d hook up. At one point, the DJ played Marky Mark‘s ‘Wild Side’ and people started to slow dance, but I couldn’t bring myself to ask her to dance to that … It’s too dark of a song. I invited Tiffany to my parent’s house to hang in the hot tub afterward. She accepted my invite, but ended up making out with my friend instead.”
“I wore a suit, and it was fly: This nice gray blazer with a black skinny tie, black slim pants and black-and-white tennis shoes. It was elegant. Aside from that, my memories from prom sucked — but my memories after prom were the greatest. Let’s put it like that.”
“I found my dress — it was Betsy Johnson — on sale, and I was so excited about it. It was pink and ruffly.”
JPatt (of The Knocks)
“After prom I woke up on the floor of my date’s room and started guzzling what I thought was water from an unmarked plastic bottle laying next to me. It was vodka. I then proceeded to die.”
“Here’s my prom memory: I didn’t go to prom. I didn’t want to go to prom; I told anybody who asked me to prom to f– off.”
Reporting by Shirley Halperin, Andrew Hampp, Jewly Hight, Steven J. Horowitz, Brooke Mazurek and Deborah Evans Price.
This story originally appeared in the May 23 issue of Billboard.