As promised…my first posting for June….
The time…All weekend. The place….Nurnberg. The event….ROCK IM PARK
. One of the largest open air events in Europe with 35 bands and an expected 150,000 people to attend, Rock im park looked like it would be one party that I couldn’t miss. Especially considering bands like Good Charlotte, Megadeath, Korn, Linkin Park, Velvet Revolver, White Strips, Smashing Pumpkins, and Evanescence just to name a few were on the venue. Of course it wasn’t exactly easy, see I’m away working in another city for a few weeks and Lady Fair, currently without a car, had a dog show that she was to attend on Sunday.
Well, after work on Friday, I packed up the sleeping back and tent and headed to Nurnberg were I was able to meet with Lady Fair. After a short adventure trying to find parking spots, we finally grabbed up all our stuff and headed to the camping area outside the concert. Now you’ve probably heard the term “Tent City” before…but this was just ridiculous. For kilometers around the event tents were pitched practically on top of each other with various trash piles, grills, and kegs throughout. Drunk/stoned people were everywhere. We hiked through out the massive camp for nearly an hour before we found a clearing to pitch our tent in. With Dave and the rest of the gang still at work and such limited space, we knew that linking up with them in the tent area would be a nearly impossible task. Instead we decided to just set up camp and head to the event and leave the rest to fend for themselves or to call up when they got there.
Harrison, a friend from my time in Missouri that I just happened to run into in Vilseck, accompanied me down to the concert, so with three of us camp was set up in no time. Unfortunately Harrison didn’t have a ticket to the event, so before we could get in we had to set off to find some scalpers. I know it sounds shady, but I had a little experience with ticket scalping in the states and was pretty sure the process worked the same here in Germany. With Lady fair being a native speaker and my past experiences, I didn’t share any of the worries that she and Harrison held about being able to get in.
It was while I was negotiating a price with some dude that looked like a pedophile that the mixed blessing came. What had started as a beautiful morning and turned to a gray afternoon, soon became a drizzle while searching for a ticket and then turned into a torrential down pour. A nice looking couple in their thirties approached us and sold us their tickets for a good deal less than the original box-office price—they didn’t want to brave the weather. Well it was great that Harrison got his ticket, but unfortunately we were drenched in the process. The weather let up eventually and while Harrison and I who had suffered worse had no problem enjoying the event, Lady Fair was miserable. Cold, wet, and miserable like she probably never had been before, she was almost in tears. She wanted to spend time with me, but didn’t want me to miss the concert that I had so badly wanted to see and yet couldn’t stand being wet. In the end she braved it through Korn and Die Artze
, and I walked her back to camp so she could get dry and warm. I had planned to come back later to catch Mega Death.
Saturday went much better. Though the morning was gray and we caught early showers, we stayed dry in the tent through the worst of the weather and by the time we headed to our first show the weather was starting to clear up a little. Our first show was Lez Zeplin…and no, I didn’t misspell it. Don’t feel too bad if you didn’t catch the “Z” in there, I didn’t either. Lez Zeplin
turned out to be four broads playing Led Zeplin songs. To tell you the truth, they were actually very good even if I was rather disappointed that I had been misled. Other bands we saw that day were The Hive, Linkin Park, White Stripes, and Evanescence. All of the shows were fantastic with the exception for the White Stripes, who apparently only have one decent song and otherwise play shit and don’t bother talking to the crowd at all. They almost bored me enough to make me think about leaving…but Lady Fair really wanted to see Evanescence so we stayed and suffered through the shitty show.
After being up all night Saturday night, I headed to the Dog show with Lady Fair early Sunday morning. It was a little bit boring…but four cups of coffee, a piece of cake, a worst with brotchen, and coke (along with a good book) kept me from falling asleep.
Labels: Concerts, Fun in Germany