Finally, we got to the gate, gave the man our ticket and entered the arena. There must have been thousands of people all gathered here for this concert, drinking, talking, and getting tattoos done. We approached the stage where the first band was playing and everyone was at the one stage listening to the music. I took my shirt off and headed to a small fire that had been set on the ground. A circle had formed around the fire and people were pushing and swinging their arms as they ran around it. No one could hear anything else or knew anything else existed except for the sound of the music.
The sun was setting,and the last two bands were going to play next, Slayer then Slipknot. Slayer entered the stage, and I knew this was a bad time to be near the enormous crowd that had formed in front of the stage. The last concert Slayer played at, the fans ripped their seats out of the ground, which had been bolted into solid concrete, just so they would have an area to mosh. When the band started to play, the crowd threw trashcans, bottles, CD’s, anything at all, just because they wanted to create chaos. As I watched from the side, I saw people exit the crowd with cuts on their faces, and an ambulance stood ready for anything serious.
There were three clouds of smoke from fires that had started, and I could smell the plastic that was used to fuel the fires. Even the police that were there did not try to put the fires out inside the crowd, for fear that they would get mobbed. After the band finished, the ground was covered with trash from the people. Slipknot was next, It was the band I had been waiting for the whole day. I knew if I did not get up front by the stage, I would not have a chance later on, because a few people had already begun to gather there.
More people started to pour into the concert area just to see slipknot, by now there was more than double the amount of people that was here earlier just to see Slipknot. A black curtain with a pentagram was placed over the stage so no one could see what was going on behind. A few minutes passed and the crowd grew eager. The crowd started shouting “Slipknot”, “Slipknot”, “Slipknot” then what they were waiting for, a voice came out over the speakers. With the curtain still over the stage to taunt the crowd they called out “Splipknot” in a finnal effort to get band on stage. With that shout, the curtain droped and the band started to play. he crowd swayed from side to side crushing my chest, the mjusic was so loud it echoed through my chest. At one point, I could not breath and I felt like I was going to die. When it was all over, I knew I was going to have to go to another concert. Even though I was tired, and I smelled horrible from the sweat, the experience was something that I will never ever forget. I never really liked the band Slipknot until I heard them in concert and I never really knew what music was or how it sounded until that day. Whenever I turn on the radio or listen to a CD, I cannot really get the feeling out of the music like I did at the concert.