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Posted 2012-12-18 5:33 PM (#31575)
Subject: Emporium's moment without metal
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Location: Baltimore, MD
I know some don't read through the whole road report, so I wanted to share with all of you a moment from the Emporium Benefit that was very powerful.

From the blog:
"Dee explained that "Shoot 'Em Down" was on the setlist for the evening, but in light of the horrific tragedy that befell the nearby community of Newtown, CT (Sandy Hook Elementary School), in Dee's words, "the grieving is too fresh...the hurt too strong." He asked for everyone present to take a moment to reflect on the lives lost, and those trying to heal, in a moment of silence.

At first, I couldn't imagine how a jam-packed, festive and drinking crowd would quiet down. But as Dee and all of the band bowed their heads and closed their eyes, a hush came over the crowd and as a few drunks called out and whistled, you heard the stern fans around them telling them to be quiet. Within seconds, the entire club was motionless and quiet. The only way I can think of to describe it:

It was the loudest moment of silence I've ever heard.

The band. The crew. The bartenders. The fans. The staff. No one moved. No one talked. It was a moment that was so silent and heavy--the silence was palpable. The only sound you could hear was the buzzing hum of the amplifiers. So poignant. So powerful. So moving. It is a Twisted Sister moment that I will remember forever."

I'm posting this NOT to open up a debate on gun control, school security or mental health-- I wanted to share with you what was, for me, the most meaningful moment in the show-- the moment without metal. It showed a compassion and thoughtfulness, as well as a sign of respect for all the lives lost. I have never experienced anything like it.

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