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Zachariah Bennett stepped off a bus at Port Authority bus terminal on September 25th, 1985, smack dab in the middle of Hurricane Gloria. He came in with the storm and stayed. He moved to NYC from Europe, where he had been living for the last few years while traveling to numerous countries. Raised out west between California and Nevada, he had spent time in both foster homes and juvenile halls.
Now twenty-two years old, he was ready for anything NYC had to offer. The city was dangerous then, yet electrifying. Nothing could stop him from his quest to explore new places, attend live shows, meet new people, partying the night away and in general making the scene.
Usually he was able to get comps and/or put on guestlist(s), but there were also those few times that he had no contact or hook-up what-so-ever so he had to be creative on how he was going to obtain entrance into places.
Bend the rules was his main rule. Some of the things he has carried out to get into concerts are: in through the out door, climbing over a fence, scalping tickets, entering through the employee entrance, scooting under another fence, cutting through a kitchen, using old backstage passes from prior tours, etc...whatever it took.
Thirty years later, Summer 2015, he is still running these NYC streets, going to shows for free, most recently, U2 at The Garden (He loves what they did with the place with the whole renovation thing.) and Bad Religion at The Bowery Ballroom, sold -out, guestlist AND drink tickets waiting at the door. Keep on rockin' in the free world.
on Feb. 08, 2013 :
I had a lot of fun reading this one. Sneaking into concerts, getting backstage, all in the spirit of rock.
(reviewed the day of purchase)