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The Rock-itt : December 2009
The band went on to tell me about this 7 date tour which was a lifetime experience for them all and it went something like this: Show 1: Welling Pub (near London). The night they landed they rushed off to this punk venue where it looked like a 'deathpit' full of London die hard punks, skin heads and lots of really heavy looking people with facial tatoos. With very little sleep under their belts the band made a great impression. As Gazza said "We left alive, lucky they liked us!" and added "We were also lucky the Aussies were being flogged in the cricket at the time!" Show 2: Stoke on Trent. This was a big all day Punk and Ska concert at this football club where 14 bands were on the bill, who included Drongo's for Europe, Section 5 and Resistance 77. The promoter loved the band so much that he got the band's name tattooed on his wrist and also put them up for the night! Show 3: Leeds with Legendary band UK Subs. Show 4: Brighton with Hammerlock from USA. Show 5: House of Oi, Crawley with Skingraft and The Last Resort (headlining). The band went silent and was wary about getting out of the van when they arrived to see all these menacing looking punters with neck and facial tatoos and gold teeth standing outside the venue, only to be greeted with such friendliness was a bit of a shock. Gazza tells me he was a huge fan of The Last Resort (early 1980's) and it was really amazing to play with your idol's and in fact RUST played so well on the night that punters were coming up to them saying that they were the best band and ruled the night! Show 6: Swinging Sporran at Birmingham. This was a tuesday night with 12 bands and hundreds of people there! The bill included 3CR, Choking Susan(USA), and Mangled. Despite some minor technical difficulties RUST played a great set, so much so the drummer from legendary band Charged GBH (a band formed in 1978 and have been described as early pioneers of English hardcore) shook Smurf's hand and expressing his appreciation! Show 7: The Biggest Punk/Alternative festival in the world the Rebellion Festival in Blackpool. This festival with its 150 bands included such legendary acts as The Exploited, The Addicts, Agnostic Front, The Damned, UK Subs, The Dickies, Killing Joke and Napalm Death to name a few! Backstage Gazza was warming up jumping around and doing push ups to get psyched up, and was worried as to whether there would be many people to watch RUST when there were 4 other stages to compete with. To his amazement he poked his head out for a glimpse and went "Holy F**K " the room was packed with about 2000 people. This huge dude running the backstage area and full of facial tatoos said to the band "I heard you guys are great....You'd better be!" Rust went on and opened with Oi Oi Aussie which starts off with a quick rendition of the Australian National Anthem to which the crowd's reaction and applause was absolutely overwhelming. The band's set went for 35 minutes and included ACAB a 4 Skins cover which had the crowd going mental, singing along and with fists in the air. Gazza remembers looking to the side of the stage where there was like 50 people watching the band that included members of legendary bands GBH, UK Subs and Argy Bargy. The band went off; the crowd went off and during one of their crowd favourites Skinheads from the Burbs the bass guitarist from Argy Bargy jumped up on stage