Sunday November 23, 2014


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One idiot doesn't reflect local fans

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One idiot didn't ruin the show for everybody else, but he still managed to put a blight on what was otherwise one of the biggest concerts in Estevan's recent history.

The spectator rushed onto the stage towards the end of the Motley Crue show at Spectra Place on Saturday night. He knocked down guitarist Mick Mars – who was celebrating his 62nd birthday. That fan then tried to grab lead singer Vince Neil, before finally being caught by security.

He was given a kick to the head by Motley Crue guitarist Nikki Sixx as a parting gift.

The band left the stage for a few minutes, then, to their credit, came back to play a couple more songs. But it did put a damper on the spectacular evening that, up to that point, had been a triumphant show – for my money, the best show to be at Spectra Place since the venue opened 25 months ago.

The concert delivered on so many levels: Big Wreck's performance to open the show (which was much more audible than their last visit to Spectra five months ago); the Death March that opened Motley Crue's performance; the spectacular light show; the hit songs; the beautiful women dancing on stage during Motley Crue's music; and Tommy Lee drumming upside down thanks to a structure that resembled a roller coaster.

And the spectators loved it. There didn't appear to be a vacant seat in the building. The3 audience was loud, boisterous and raucous, and they sang, danced and gestured throughout the night. Not only did they cheer each time Neil encouraged them to make noise, but they cheered whenever a Motley Crue member used a profanity, and that was a regular occurrence.

Unfortunately, none of that will be mentioned in media stories outside of Estevan.

This story will receive national attention, and all they'll talk about is one incident. They won't discuss the great show, or the great fans, or how most of the fans were pretty well-behaved. A lot of them were inebriated, but they weren't problematic.

They won't talk about how Estevan has hosted numerous outstanding concerts in the last 25 months, with performers like Hedley and Tom Cochrane who normally wouldn't come to a city of Estevan's size. They won't run stories in July for the Tragically Hip concert, or in September for the Celtic Thunder concert.

Nobody in the national media will mention how Nikki Sixx went to the skate park the day of the concert, and watched with admiration as local youth Alex Neumann – a double amputee who uses hands and prosthetic legs to skateboard – maneuvered his skateboard around the Estevan's skate park.

Also, some people – who should consider an attitude adjustment, or a move to another community – have used this story to fuel their Estevan bashing. Again, they don't care that there were over 3,000 fans there who weren't causing problems at a concert that we could have only dreamed of having three years ago; their focus is on the dunce.

They don't care that fans have rushed the stage at other concerts in other communities; when it happens here, they just say "Oh, well that's just Estevan."

Alcohol and stupidity can be a dangerous cocktail, and when mixed together by the wrong person at the wrong time, it can have a detrimental affect on a community. That has been reinforced for everybody in Estevan.

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