Hey guys, first off, let me say that I love you all.. you are all wonderful, I just got thru with this yers tour which for me started at bethel and ended at Canandaigua... I am a deadicated fan and have been a fan since the late 80's. I am not sure if you all are aware of what happened at the Mann but it was so aweful to so many people inlcuding women and children that the Mann managed to piss off so many hippies that day which is so unlike what we are all about. I am NOT a ranting lunatic but I feel that the Mann went out of their ways to be mean. The started by charging us a vending fee and then telling us that we would be arrested if we vended (we were selling food and drinks)/. But the shit that happened at the entrance, which could have been avoided if they opened the doors earlier) was ridiculous. Security was refusing to let people in until people calmed down. A riot endued in which I witnessed a security officer hit a man, threaten another man, shove a woman and a child and shove a pregnant woman and not allow her entrance even thorugh everyone else was trying to get her to the fgront (since se was pregnant). The stress alone was enough for there to have been complications with her unborn child. I hope to this day everything worked out okay for her. Listen, we all travelled far and paid for our ticket but we missed three songs because the security refused to do their jobs and otherwise treated us like crap. (I am trying to watch my french, so to speak
Anyway, I am not sure if you heard of what occurred... I am sure that you saw the onrush of people join the show after the riot gained us entrance. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE DO NOT GO BACK TO THE MANN. MOST HIPPIES ARE NOT GOING THAT WENT THIS YEAR AND I AM SPENDING ALL YEAR IN GETTIN OTHERS TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENED THERE - THE VIOL.ENCE TOWARDS THE KIDS WAS THE WORSE FOR ME TO SEE SINCE I AM A TEACHER. YOU ALL SAY THIS IS AN "ALL-AGED" EVENT YET CHILDREN WERE CRYING, BEIG SHOVED AND BEING KNOCKED DOWN -NOT BY THE HIPPIES BUT BY THE SECURITY!
Please do not go back to the Mann...
On the other hand, the Jones Beach was awesome and beautiful, right on the water. Behtel was gorgeous and a joy to be there. SPAC was very nice too! Mann is a beautiful venue and i had a killer time there last year (and this year to some degree sionce you guys saved the day). But I beg of you to not go back to this venue. Peace and thank you for all the music you gave me in the last few weeks. You guys really rocked, moved my soul and put me on new levels of understanding the music.