What you are looking at is a picture taken during the Wacken Open Air metal festival in Germany. What you don’t see is the two elderly German metalheads who broke away from their nursing home and went to Wacken to party as hard as their old bones could handle. The two Costco-brawling seniors could really learn a lesson in friendship from these two German seniors. Why fight over something as inconsequential as cheese samples when you could instead team up for an epic adventure of daring escape and Danzig?
According to Deutsche Welle, a nursing home near Hamburg noticed two male residents had gone missing on Friday. The two men, who remain anonymous, were found by police at the Wacken Open Air festival at 3am. A spokesperson for the police said the two gentlemen were “disoriented and dazed” when they were found, and that they didn’t want to leave, adding “They obviously liked the metal festival.” The home then organized a taxi to pick them up and for the police to escort them back home, where I’m sure they were greeted by scowls from the staff and a round of applause from their fellow residents. Even Dimebag Darrell and Lemmy probably saluted them from heavy metal heaven.
Obviously having two old men wandering around at a metal festival at 3am is cause for alarm, but it was dangerous for other reasons. According to DW, the Wacken Open Air festival was sold-out, with an estimated 75,000 people in attendance. This year they also saw a heat wave.
It’s also not known if the old guys escaped from their home with a trip to Wacken in mind, or if they just ended up there after an evening of wandering. In the event their end goal was to make it to the metal festival, then I think Motörhip and Slip-Not want to organize their next heavy metal field trip a little better. Like asking permission first. Sneaking out in the middle of the night is fun and all, but I can imagine a quick getaway might mean forgetting to pack essentials, like a good anti-inflammatory. After all, it can’t be easy to throw up devil horns when your rheumatoid arthritis is acting up.