Trip Start Apr 01, 2013
Trip End Jun 28, 2013

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Saturday, May 18, 2013

Thanks to some sleeping pills I had an awesome sleep and didn't get up until around 10.15am.

Feeling surprisingly refreshed, I got myself organised and grabbed a cab down to Crew stadium for Day 2 of Rock on the Range.

I managed to track down my Canadian brothers in arms who were already 2 drinks in at their boot party. They graciously handed me a beer which I duly accepted. It would have been an insult to do otherwise. I did flick them $20 as I was intending to have more :)

I managed to finally get the names of my 3 partners in crime - Tom, Pete and Scott - all from Windsor, Ontario, Canada and all bloody good blokes, each with a wicked sense of humour. I got on with them like a house on fire.

Scott had bought along some Maple whiskey which is a cross between maple syrup and Canadian whiskey. It's a lot like the Jack Daniels Tennessee Honey but with a Maple Syrup flavour instead of honey. We had a number of swigs of that. Very nice !

There was also a boot party next to us and they were super-organised and were cooking burgers on a mini gas barbie. Sadly they didnt have enough to go round but we had a few laughes with them anyway.

After a few more beers, we headed into the stadium to watch Bullet for my Valentine, The Sword, Papa Roach and Clutch to start with. All the bands were awesome, particularly Clutch. The stadium was rocking. There were 3 stages operating today and everyone was having a great time. I saw no trouble at all which was pretty cool.

Three Days Grace played and awesome set, probably my pick of the day. They were followed by Stone Sour and headliners, Smashing Pumpkins.

For Smashing Pumpkins, I headed into the mosh pit with hat and flag and got within 3 rows of the front. Now I think I may be getting to old for this shit as it was manic in there. I managed to guts it out although nearly lost my hat and glasses a couple of times. Sadly, I did lose the flag which was a piss off.

Battered and bruised I bumped into one of the Canadians, Pete. I told him about the flag and he suggested checking with the security guys up the front so I trotted over checking around the floor also and there was the flag in behind the security barrier. It must have been thrown as part of the moshing. RESULT - FLAG INTACT !!!

We went back to the car and had another couple of beers before driving over to another part of the car park where there was a big group in an RV that were partying. We joined them and it was then I realised I was well and truly in redneck USA. We had a good time but only because I was white I suspect. They were friendly enough but pretty rough around the edges. I avoided getting into any discussions about tightening the gun control laws, legalising gay marriage or saying what a fabulous bloke Obama was.

My Canadian mates were good enough to give me a lift back to the hotel again and we stopped off for a feed of chicken across the road. Scott also stopped for a puke but I assume he was just trying to make room for his chicken :)

I said my goodbyes and we agreed to catch up and do it all again tomorrow.

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Over and out !
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