On April 25, 2015, Slipknot headlined the second annual Fort Rock festival, which I attended and covered. To cover their performance though, you actually needed to fill out a separate request form, and had to have a separate wristband. I honestly didn't expect it to be easy, but I decided to apply for a pass anyway, Turns out, while it was separate, it wasn't hard to get a pass, and I was kind of honored.
Now here's where it got interesting. In the middle of the day at Fort Rock, their on site press person texted everyone (which was really smart, if you ask me. A phone call could be missed, but multiple texts through out the day have less of a chance of it being missed), and told them where to meet her and when to get the passes. So I ran up to the barricade and called her because I had no idea what she looked like and desperately wanted my pass. Luckily she was right there, and gave me my pass no problem.
Godsmack was about to take the stage and nobody was letting me get to the entrance of the barricade. So, I saw an opportunity and decided to take it. I tried to hoist myself up onto the barricade and due to a pretty bad sunburn on my legs and my lack of upper body strength, I got stuck. So, I turned to the couple, and their friend that I just been talking to and said, "I need your help." The one guy looked at me and asked, "What's up?"
I think my answer scared him a bit, because he ended up just staring at me for a second. "I need you to help me over this fence." Obviously, most of the time helping someone over a barricade will get you in trouble, so him staring at me was understandable. I just sighed and explained in a hurry. "I have a pass, I am allowed to be up there, I actually have to be up there."
The girl with the two guys smacked them both and goes, "Oh help the girl! Clearly she needs help." They did finally help, and ironically, I looked up and saw a security guard smirking because they clearly saw the entire thing and instead of helping, they were amused. When I walked past them, and sat down in front of the barricade they asked, "Had some trouble there, did you?" I sort of just laughed and said, "Yeah, but its all good now."
The crowd was bad enough that they let us press people stay in front of the barricade or side stage, as long as we weren't taking pictures. It had hit me about an hour before that just how tired I was, and I'm not the biggest fan of Godsmack so I decided to plop my happy ass down on one of their equipment boxes. I actually had to double check to make sure it wasn't Breaking Benjamin's emblem light because it was the same color and I didn't want to sit on that and possibly damage it. If I'm honest, I can't tell you much of anything about their performance, as I couldn't see a thing from where I was, and was so tired at that point, I could have happily laid on the grass and taken a nap if my body would have let me. Despite being exhausted at that point, and having absolutely no idea what was going on with the band, it was interesting getting to see basically the band's point of view. I was probably 20 feet from the front row even, and could see nothing but a sea of people rocking out, crowd surfers, beach balls getting thrown around. I kind of wish I had taken a picture but in that moment, I didn't even think about it.
I remember about half way through their performance, a security guard came up to me. I thought for sure he was going to tell me to get off the equipment case, and find my way back into the crowd. Instead, he just smiled and said, "You look like you've been having fun today."
I just smiled back and responded with, "Oh I have been! I've been all over this place and am so tired at this point." I then think I asked if it was okay that I was sitting on the case. He said there was no way I could hurt it, so it was fine.
Before I knew it, it was time for Slipknot to take the stage and.....That's going to be tomorrow's story. I'll talk to you guys tomorrow! We only have 5 more days left of these stories! I hope someone's been enjoying reading them, reminiscing is pretty fun. I still have yet to tell one of my favorite stories (which is my mother's favorite story, actually) and that will come on September 16. Stay tuned!
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