Madness for Rage Against the Machine

Long hair, tattoos and Doc Martens boots took the spotlight near Grande Allée on Saturday. Quebec lived up to its reputation as a rock city when thousands, mostly men, arrived early to see protest band Rage Against the Machine (RATM) perform at the Festival d’été de Quebec.

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Essential, Patrick Groulx from Montreal, even arrived the day before for his idols. He was the first to enter the plains of Abraham. He had to wait for Alanis Morissette’s show to end before he could go camping.

“I arrived at 11am and waited for it to come out. It went well,” he said happily, as the hours of waiting were quite festive, under the blazing sun, but that added to the challenge.


Many spectators ran to the stage to grab good seats once the site opened.

Photo Didier Debusschere

Many spectators ran to the stage to grab good seats once the site opened.

Isaac Parent, 22, of Quebec, prepared to emulate sprinter Usain Bolt to get to the front row of the parquet before anyone else. “The rest of us walk. That is chicken race. We start immediately and don’t look back. We don’t have a bag,” he says.

For his part, Sylvain Grisé left Drummondville early in the morning to be on the front row. “I’m an old punk. Rage Against the Machine is mine Tape. »

Forward with a stick


Sylvain Grisé played Aki while waiting for the gates to open near the Plains.  André Martin was at his side.

Photo Didier Debusschere

Sylvain Grisé played Aki while waiting for the gates to open near the Plains. André Martin was at his side.

His best friend from school, André Martin, sits not far away. Four years ago he suffered a serious leg accident that forced him to use a cane to get around. Despite everything, he wouldn’t have missed the RATM visit for anything in the world.

“We’ve been listening to Rage since high school. I have never seen her before. We’ve seen quite a bit of all the greats bands in our life it is the only thing that was missing. This could be our last chance,” he said.

Despite his limited mobility, he promised himself that he would be right in the middle of the action, right in front. “I’ll get on with them [ses amis], for sure. she check over When the world pushes me too hard, my buddies say, “Hey! Watch his leg.” Usually everyone is super friendly. »

The guitar


Marc-Antoine Roy strummed the guitar to pass the time and entertain the crowd.

Photo Didier Debusschere

Marc-Antoine Roy strummed the guitar to pass the time and entertain the crowd.

Marc-Antoine Roy, from Lévis, 23, had brought his acoustic guitar to enliven the Croix du Sacrifice corridor leading to the Plains.

With a touch of Nirvana, people greet him and appreciate the performance. ” I beginning the world before anarchy begins,” he laughs.

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