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 Posted: Mon Sep 23rd, 2019 03:56 pm
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WongLee wrote: This was a job within a job. Some bouncer friends that I worked with for the Dr. Pepper Summer Festival shows on Pier 84 in Manhattan heard that the Garden State Art Center in New Jersey needed some extra skullcrushers for an upcoming Rossington-Collins Band show. We had just worked Rossington-Collins on the Pier and while that crowd was extra boozy, there really wasn't any more problems than out of the ordinary. The pay rate was excellent so six of us signed on. We all lived in the 5 boros so we all squeezed into one of the guys mini-van. It was about a 45 minute ride to Holmdel N.J. and it was ungodly hot that day. The closer we got to the venue, we were seeing what seemed to be an extraordinary number of New Jersey Highway Patrol piggies. When we finally got to the venue it was literally like Mad Max. This must have been some type of CIA drug experiment that went horribly wrong. There was fighting virtually EVERYWHERE. Young, old, rich, poor, male, female, black, white, even the Dalai Lama I think were involved in a Texas Death Match type brawl. We find our contact guy who promptly tells us that we would be going to six different spots. No way Chico, we all came from New York together and we were staying together. I can't remember for the life of me who the opener was but as we all settled into our positions, there was not one, not two, but three stabbings happening right in front of us. Before we did anything at all to get a medic in and clear the area, we had a quick team meeting, decided that the $200 each we were going to get wasn't worth being a crowd of stabby Gary Rossington fans, and lit our chicken asses back to the Big Apple. I have never seen a rowdier show before or since then.
This must be it:

https://www.setlist.fm/setlist/the-rossington-collins-band/1982/garden-state-arts-center-holmdel-nj-53e9e77d.html



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