BY SCOTT HUNTER HADDOW
You can?t always get what you want, but four dozen rock fans discovered Friday that if you try you just might find you can get what you need if you were willing to line up for cheap tickets to the largest rock concert in Canadian history.
They came early and some even came from Toronto to buy tickets at a Sudbury grocery store to ensure a ticket to the concert headlined by the Rolling Stones set for July 30 just outside Toronto.
More than 50 people gathered outside the A + P Store on Regent Street Friday morning and by 6:30 am, one could get a small sense of just how big the Molson Canadian Rocks for Toronto concert is going to be.
The crowd was restless and came from all walks of life, but there was a distinct theme flowing through the crowd?this will be the concert of a lifetime.
Jessica Reynish, Kyle Miller and Jason Shawanda all showed up Thursday at 7 pm to form the front of the line.
?The store was still open and people were walking by complimenting us on being here so early,? said Reynish.
?We thought there would already be a lineup, but there wasn?t and we will be the first to buy tickets.?
The three friends sat idly by and passed the time by playing cards and monopoly. They even had the chance to catch a little sleep.
?I have to work at 8 this morning (Friday),? said Reynish. ?I was tired at 5 am, but I?m awake now and it was worth it.?
Miller was in the line early so he could get the chance to see AC/DC.
?I?ve never seen AC/DC before or the Rolling Stones, so it?s going to be pretty cool.?
Miller is excited by the big concert.
?I?ll be counting down the days.?
Shawanda was dragged out to start the line with his friends and he wouldn?t change his fortunes for anything.
?This experience will be something different for me.?
Both Reynish and Miller have never been to a huge concert and are looking forward to this one.
?I?ve only gone to see concerts in Sudbury so this will be an interesting experience for sure,? said Reynish.
The three friends have no concern over the SARS issue that has plagued Toronto for the last little while.
?It?s a small issue, but maybe I?ll just wear one of those masks,? said Reynish.
Even though most of the people were from Sudbury and Northern Ontario, there were some people who drove a
long way to buy tickets in Sudbury.
Jeff Holland drove up from Toronto on Thursday and arrived in the Nickel City at 11:45 pm.
?There was no point buying tickets in Toronto because the line up started over two days ago,? said Holland. ?This is worth it because it will be the concert of a lifetime.?
Holland encourages everyone to come to Toronto because SARS is a non-issue.
?SARS never stopped me from going out in Toronto,? said Holland. ?It?s not an issue so people shouldn?t let that
get in their way of going to this concert because it?s our Woodstock.?
Holland is expecting a great time at the concert.
?It will be an absolute blowout.?
The lineup was filled with rock music diehards waiting for their chance to purchase tickets to what is being billed as, by far, the biggest concert in Canada?s history.
Terry Heikkila arrived at 11:30 pm Thursday night.
?I just wanted to be here to make sure I had tickets to the best concert of all time,? said Heikkila. ?This is my
Tammy Lamarche had also been in line since 11:30 pm Thursday night also waiting with her good friend Sarah Gartshore.
?We?re very excited because this is my annual road trip and it should be the biggest concert ever.?
Over 500,000 people are expected to pack Downsview Park for the event on July 30.
Besides the Rolling Stones and AC/DC, other bands and artists confirmed to play include The Guess Who, Rush, Justin Timberlake, Sam Roberts, The Flaming Lips, The Isley Brothers, Sass Jordan, La Chicane and Kathleen