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Skillet tickets a hot item at North Hagerstown High

April 21, 2008|By HEATHER KEELS

HAGERSTOWN - About 1,300 Christian-rock fans from as far away as Canada packed the North Hagerstown High School auditorium Sunday for a sold-out concert by the Grammy-nominated band Skillet.

By the time the doors opened for the concert a little after 5:30 p.m., the line of drenched fans snaked most of the way around the school, where some had been waiting in the rain for hours to ensure a good seat or in hopes of purchasing a ticket.

Only about 75 tickets remained for sale at the door, and those were gone within minutes, according to staff from Vertical Concerts, the Chambersburg, Pa.-based promoter that organized the show. Still, some ticketless fans remained huddled under the overhang outside the school, hoping more would become available.

"We knew it was going to be a crowd, but we didn't think it was going to sell out," said Jeremy Feigut, 26, of Hustontown, Pa., who drove about an hour with a group of friends but arrived too late to get tickets.

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Andrew Vanlaar, 21, of Ontario, Canada, knew better than to take any risks after driving about nine hours to see the concert. He and his friend Mike Bernier, 21, also of Ontario, purchased their tickets in advance and arrived at the high school at about noon. They said they walked in through a back door and asked if they could help set up, but later had to go back out and stand in line with everyone else.

"They're awesome," Vanlaar said of the band, which he has seen perform three times. "They put on a great show."

Also up front for the show was Madeline Bradford, 12, of Roxbury, Pa., who came to the concert with her church youth group. She said she met the band members at a previous concert.

"They're really, really nice," she said. "They actually connected with people."

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