Greek Riots, Dec. 2008

Greece is again going through some rioting and I was reminded of December 2008 when Monster Magnet did a couple of shows in Athens. Five days before we were supposed to head over there the police had shot and killed an unarmed fifteen year old student and things got pretty hot, pretty quick. When we got there, our hotel was in bunker mode, a lot of the windows on the ground floor were smashed and boarded up. It was a couple of blocks from the University where most of the rioting emanated from, it was pretty crazy. I had never been through anything like it, destruction on a level I had never seen up close before. The closest I ever came to a riot was a march in Newark against Ronald Reagan when I was in college. Our tour manager, Bobo who’s an old punk was unfazed by it all but I was pretty freaked out. On our second night there, I had left my window open in the hotel and tear gas had gotten in. The last night, while we were waiting for the airport shuttle there was full scale battle outside the hotel with cops beating the shit out of a bunch of protesters. It was pretty fucking grim.


Graffiti of the student who was killed


    • Mike Slattery
    • February 16th, 2012

    Wow. Insane.

    • chris
    • February 16th, 2012

    why did the greek boy run away from home?
    A: his father reared him wrong.
    so why did he return?
    A: he couldnt leave his brothers behind.

    sorry, i know, WAY outdated stereotype and so very UN-PC, but still funny.

    • spank
    • February 17th, 2012

    I once witnessed one of those knock down, dragged out bar room brawls that you only see on TV (mostly in Westerns), where everybody is fighting anyone everywhere, glasses are breaking over heads, tables flying, etc … and that was pretty intense scene. I can only imagine how surreal witnessing a riot would be while being in a foreign land … and especially where death could easily occur.

    • Chris Burns
    • February 18th, 2012

    “Apple Demo Center.” Now I get it.

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