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Columbus – May 19th

Dislike and distrust of authority figures is endemic in the world (especially the rock world), whether it’s for the police, parents, teachers, whatever.

So it’s only natural at a rock concert to view the security staff working there as being the enemy, trying to keep you from doing what you want to do and going where you want to go.

Without security there, you’d all come back to the band’s dressing room and eat

all of our lunch meat and snack chips, and we can’t have that.

Every concert has a few miscreants assholes who feel the need to act up, and it’s the job of security to keep them from spoiling the experience for everyone else.

But on top of those duties, the top priority of security is to keep the concertgoers safe.

And that brings me to my point; the CSC Events Staff in Columbus Ohio deserves a big fat pay raise.

Rock On The Range may have had the most consistent crowd surfing I’ve ever seen.

People were flying all over the place all day long, and it never let up.

Think about it for a minute. When you apply the old “what goes up, must come down” theory, where are all of the crowd surfers coming down?

Into the arms of the security staff.

Obviously there’s some inherent danger to crowd surfing, as you could be dropped at any time and land on a hard surface in any number of positions.

And if you’re fortunate enough to make it from the back of the crowd all of the way up front without being dropped, that’s when security takes over.

The barricade in front of the stage is obviously a strong flat surface facing the crowd. On the back side however, it’s comprised of metal bars at 45 degree angles that provide support, along with platforms for the security guards to step up on in order to reach out or down into the crowd.

So if you’re a crowd surfer coming over the top and there isn’t a staff of attentive security guards there to grab you and safely get you back on your feet, there’s no shortage of ways for you to injure yourself.

This is my long-winded and boring way of saying that the security crew in Columbus was exceptional in keeping the crowd surfers safe, all the while taking an absolute physical beating in the process.

Those guys never got a rest, as there was a constant flow of people (and one wheelchair) coming over the top throughout Alice’s set.

So yes, figures of authority can occasionally be a pain in the ass, but sometimes it’s nice to be reminded that well trained, hard working security personnel help make shows like Rock On The Range a safe & enjoyable experience.

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