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Date: Mon, 25 Apr 2005 12:00AM PDT)
From: Send an Instant Message "John French" <mosshead7@yahoo.com>
Subject: Send Me On My Way _ Penn State University off the hook _ Rocked that town
To: letters@rollingstone.com

Send Me On My Way _ Penn State University off the hook _ Rocked that town
so  the weather didn't deter anyone from Penn State this weekend - It was Alumni weekend, Blue & White weekend and Earth Day weekend
Rusted Root was to go on to headline the day on the massive HUB lawn on campus at 9:45 a.m.  The limo driver was even picking up the band in Pittsburgh until 5 pm so i was wondering if they'd get in at 8ish so i could work w/ Liz Berlin to set her camera and get my protocol established and let security know who i am and what i was there to do
Night descended upon us and the crowd swelled - chanting, "Rusted Root! Rusted Root! Rusted Root! Rusted Root! Rusted Root! Rusted Root! Rusted Root! Rusted Root! "
All types of demos were there (yeah, poor label execs - how do you caterogize that - from little kids, H.S., college, after college professionals, yuppies, hippies, jar-heads, greek system, families, gray hairds, middle age, etc...)
The show had to be stopped four times by the band!  "Alright, alright, alright - 'cmon, man, there are allot of lttle kids in the front there - we appreciate your enthusiasm but we don't want anyone injured here"  ----  
At one point, Jenn Wertz (a new mom) ran and leaped off teh stage and rushed tha barricade that separated crowd from stage and she made sure this family was safe from the "crowd tossing" and that the rowdy students were escorted.
Yet, right on cue - the band once again cont'd right were they left off w/ out missing a beat.
"Okay, Michael Glabicki, stopped and began to say, "look we're Rusted Root - we really do appreciate and are grateful for your enthusiasm but that crowd surfing has to stop - we don't want anyone to get hurt and we want you all to have a good time - being safe!"
A was video-oing up front at the stage and from the barricade a could just see the first few rows - off the hook - but my assistant was working the camera at the sound board and coming up front (thjrough the crowd) and he and his wife so allot of stuff including the folowing.
Two young 19 year olds taking off their litlle stringy tank tops and bumpring and grinding and rubbing in the wet misty rain - cool wind - in their bras - just making out like it was nobody's business but their own.
I have footage and interviews from all kinds - mainly very inspired university kids.
Rusted Root is currently on tour to support its double live CD released on its own label Touchy Pegg (yet still gratefully able to enjoy international distribution).
Best Intent, 


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Poetry  By John Alan Conte`, Jr.
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