Kevin Manahan of The Star-Ledger reports: The day after two deaths at Ozzfest — the free, all-day heavy-metal party at the PNC Bank Arts Center — the concert venue in Holmdel, New Jersey announced a ban on all alcohol. While it wasn't being totally enforced Friday night at the VELVET REVOLVER/ALICE IN CHAINS show, many of the concertgoers whined about the crackdown.
Cliff Loeser, 46, and his companion Lisa Jenner, 38, contentedly sipped their water and iced tea.
"I'm like the police, I guess," Loeser said. "I just don't want to deal with the garbage anymore. I'm too old. I don't have the patience. No alcohol? Great. I'm all for it. They should've done it a long time ago. People have gotten out of control here."
About 10 years ago, Loeser said, he and a friend attended Ozzfest, and having lived through one, he wasn't stunned to hear that two people didn't.
"I came with a friend and we had good seats, which I paid a lot of money for," Loeser said. "The crowd was out of control. At one point, the people on the lawn started streaming over the fence. My buddy had gone to the bathroom and some guy jumped over the fence and into his seat. I said, 'Hey, that seat is taken,' but he didn't care.
"It was bedlam. There were fights breaking out everywhere. I tried to get security to do something, at least kick the guy out of our seats, but they didn't want to get involved. Everyone was so drunk."
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