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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Can't Beat This

Nine years ago, they came by car, by bus, by train and on foot. I wouldn't be surprised if they'd come by pogo stick and piggyback, too.

Most of all, though, they came in droves.

All for a rock concert.

But what a concert it was.

More than 100,000 headbangers, anarchists, troublemakers, housewives, music lovers, runaways, longhairs, shorthairs, people wearing mohair, soldiers, mailmen, Young Pioneers, cat people, dog people, Communists, petty thieves, teenagers, divorc?es, drunks, teetotalers, college kids, madmen and riot cops assembled on a grassy field north of the city that day ? to see Pantera, The Black Crowes, Metallica and AC/DC f bands many of them had followed (especially the latter two) with the help of bootlegs and rumors for years f do their stuff.

And it was extraordinary.

If I'd been present at the birth of Winston Churchill or the drafting of the Magna Carta, I doubt that I'd have been more thrilled f or moved f by an event. Sandmen, knee socks, Communists and all.

And now it's going to happen again.

Stary Melnik beer wants to celebrate its first birthday Saturday with 12 rock bands and 40,000 of its closest friends. The bands will be different, of course, but the place f the Tushinoairfield f will be the same, and so, most likely, will the people.

So take a bike, the subway, a taxi or a tram. Grease up your pogo stick if you have to, but do whatever you must to get to Tushino f be you madman, music lover or the guy in the mohair. Just get there, even if you're the riot cop.

The Wings (Krilya) Rock Festival begins at 11 a.m. on Saturday at the Tushino airfield, opposite metro Tushinskaya. Alisa plays first, followed by Korol i Shut, Time Out, Leningrad, Zdob si Zdub, Auktsyon, Garik Sukachyov, Va Bank, Zyorna, Krematoriya, Spleen, Voskresenye, Mashina Vremeni, Aquarium and Chaif. Tickets are available at city theater kiosks and at MDM, located

at 28 Komsomolsky Prospekt. Metro Frunzenskaya.

Tel. 245-8475.

f Sunny Bosco