the big gigs
Personal rights violated?
It’s been a long time since I went to a concert by a major international act. Over five years in fact, when Live! descended upon Canberra in October 2001. 9/11 was fresh in our minds and “I am Overcome” was the backdrop for many a news report of the disaster. Perhaps everyone was still in shock, or perhaps the residents of Canberra in 2001 were not considered much of a threat, because security was considerably light that night.
Sydney in January 2007 presents a much different picture, where not only were bags searched and open drink bottles confiscated and discarded before entry, but pat-downs were conducted on every single person who went through the gates at Tuesday’s Tenacious D gig. WTF? I was glad to have left my bag at the motel and therefore got into the “fast” line, but was stunned to be manhandled, prodded and groped like a drug smuggler at an international airport.
How long has this kind of violation been going on? Is it just Sydney or is this a national phenomenon? The “D” are no U2: do JB and KG know what we all had to go through to see them play live?
I’m still reeling…