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In May of 1986, two buddies rolled out to the Capital Centre in Landover, Maryland for a Judas Priest & Dokken concert.  Pre-show, they cruised the parking lot with video cam in tow and they captured unrehearsed and unscripted footage of actual Priest and Dokken fans, as they were throwin’ down and partying in preparation for the evening’s main event.   The result… pure rock and roll insanity captured live on tape and then edited into a 17-minute short that went on to become an underground cult-classic by way of the VHS bootleg circuit.  Twenty years later, in 2006, this metallic masterpiece was finally given its proper due and released on DVD (along with tons of great bonus features and interviews). 
Even if you aren’t a fan of metal, trust me, this is a MUST-SEE.  These are the type of characters Hollywood screenplay writers and actors forever try to portray in zany, raunchy comedies.  However, you just can’t write or cast stuff like this.  If you did, people would probably say it was overplayed or overwritten.  Seriously.  But instead of me wrestling with words here to describe it, check out the short hype-clip below. You’ll see what I mean.  
This little movie is a gem.  It’s entertaining.  It’s hilarious.  It’s also potentially sad and disturbing, if you allow yourself to get hung up on the anthropological reveal of such a primitive subclass existing smack in the middle of our modern day society.  But, personally, I just totally block out that downer line of thought.  Why?  Mainly because I can’t deny that there were times in my life when… had cameras been rolling and had lenses been pointed in the right direction… well, I could’ve easily ended up being one of these now legendary, asinine, heavy metal folk heroes.  No lie.  No exaggeration. But also no regrets.  Long live rock, people.  And may the heavy metal parking lots of the world forever rage on.  Living after midnight.  Rockin’ to the dawn…

In May of 1986, two buddies rolled out to the Capital Centre in Landover, Maryland for a Judas Priest & Dokken concert.  Pre-show, they cruised the parking lot with video cam in tow and they captured unrehearsed and unscripted footage of actual Priest and Dokken fans, as they were throwin’ down and partying in preparation for the evening’s main event.   The result… pure rock and roll insanity captured live on tape and then edited into a 17-minute short that went on to become an underground cult-classic by way of the VHS bootleg circuit.  Twenty years later, in 2006, this metallic masterpiece was finally given its proper due and released on DVD (along with tons of great bonus features and interviews). 

Even if you aren’t a fan of metal, trust me, this is a MUST-SEE.  These are the type of characters Hollywood screenplay writers and actors forever try to portray in zany, raunchy comedies.  However, you just can’t write or cast stuff like this.  If you did, people would probably say it was overplayed or overwritten.  Seriously.  But instead of me wrestling with words here to describe it, check out the short hype-clip below. You’ll see what I mean.  

This little movie is a gem.  It’s entertaining.  It’s hilarious.  It’s also potentially sad and disturbing, if you allow yourself to get hung up on the anthropological reveal of such a primitive subclass existing smack in the middle of our modern day society.  But, personally, I just totally block out that downer line of thought.  Why?  Mainly because I can’t deny that there were times in my life when… had cameras been rolling and had lenses been pointed in the right direction… well, I could’ve easily ended up being one of these now legendary, asinine, heavy metal folk heroes.  No lie.  No exaggeration. But also no regrets.  Long live rock, people.  And may the heavy metal parking lots of the world forever rage on.  Living after midnight.  Rockin’ to the dawn…

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