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July thirtieth, 2003:

The Rolling Stones and a dozen other bands swung into Toronto for a SARS benefit concert, to an intimate gathering of half a million people. The sheer number of people was staggering -- CR and I got there at around 11:30 AM and secured a good spot close to the stage, but we never realized how many people were actually there until we left to grab some food and beer at around 5 PM... looking out over the sea of bodies, it blew me away that I was actually looking at half a million people.

The Flaming Lips, Sass Jordan, The Isley Brothers, and AC/DC by far upstaged the now- aging Stones. But all in all, it was a fun day.

As for the drawing itself, I had to really fudge the perspective on the left-hand side of the image, mostly because I had started drawing before actually roughing things in. How clever of me. This drawing comes nowhere near to the sheer number of tiny little heads (I got tired of drawing them, to be honest), but hopefully it captures a little of what it was like to be amongst the throngs of people.

I don't think I'll have the urge to draw any large crowds any time in the near future, that's for sure.