As most of you know, it is time for my month-long exile from music. I will still be around to address any major issues or concerns, but you will not see me participating in discussions on a daily basis nor answering email in a timely manner. First, a few thanks... *There are no words that can express the gratitude I have for my wife. She has taken things to the next level with all of her hard work and dedication to the social media aspect. In fact, we probably would not be going still today if not for her. She is my world. *Thanks to my teenage daughter, Haley, for making your old man proud. She came to the festival to “hang with the weirdos” for the first time ever & to see what dad actually does. I had no idea how she would react since she hates metal (“you can’t understand them”. However, watching her throw her fist in the air in front of the barrier during Sabaton (“I don’t know what I’m doing” got me a bit misty-eyed. *We never ran more than 10 minutes behind this year. That is a testament to how well Wayne Petroskey has the stage crew running. Wayne works hard well in advance of the show and the results showed in spades. My hat is off to him, Shane, Don, Mike H, Rick, Rob, Jay-Dub, Veal (aka Harris), Wahoo, and Mike C. You guys work your ass off and are the real heroes behind the show. *Thank you to the backstage/shuttle crew: My brother Tommy, Taylor, and Lara/Julien. If the world only knew how much shit you put up with. *The lobby & vendor crew may be the most visible, yet most under-appreciated bunch of the crew. Those signing sessions don’t run themselves and are a crucial element to the festival. Thank you to Keith, Hoyt, & Jim. *Thanks to our staff photographers: Esa, Allen, & Stephen. They took their game to another universe this year as evidenced by the real time updates and quick turn around after the festival. I am in awe of the job you did this year. No other festival in the world does what you do. *Double thanks to Hoyt & Rob for pulling off the Wolverine acoustic show. I didn’t have to worry a moment about it thanks to you guys. *The Gold Badge crew is a machine. They are invaluable to us and remain dear friends. Thanks to Doug, Dawn, Dee, Kerri, Su, Sis, and Tracie. *Thanks to Marc “the visa guy” Gessford for getting the bands into the country. Your job may suck ass, but know that it all starts with you, my friend. *Thanks to Wayne Joyner for the continued outstanding work on the video presentations and graphics. You truly help separate the festival from the rest of the world. *Thanks to Claus, Tess, & Annie for the work on the website, programs, samplers, and production assistance. You guys worked your ass off. *Thanks to Matt V for taking some of the burden off Jen year around with the Facebook assist. I appreciate it just as much as Jen does. *Johanne in catering: The *best* in the business. *I’d like to welcome Nathan to the big leagues on Thursday night. He did an outstanding job for his first time up to plate. *Thanks as always to the Center Stage staff. Kent, Dylan, Lindsay & Such (sound intern) are part of the stage crew family. It’s a huge compliment to them when everyone tells you that they hope the bands don’t bring their own soundman. I’d like to thank Cliff (venue lobby manager) for being super cool and working his ass off to smooth out the rough edges along the way as well. A big shout out to Garrett at the bar, Nikki in the box office, Michelle and the other Niki (who neither could sadly be there), Whitney & all the bartenders, Jerry & the entire security staff, and anyone else I forgot. My staff and the attendees truly appreciate what you do to make Center Stage our home for four days. *Thank you to Kinematic Music & Mindcage for the featured sponsorship. I wish them both nothing but the best and a prosperous future in the business. *Thank you to Peavey for jumping on board with sponsorship this year. The amps sounded great on stage! *Thanks to the sponsors this year for the smoothest backstage experience I have had in 14 years. You guys were just simply awesome this year and you have my loyalty in return. *Thanks to the Artmore for the excellent customer service for myself & the bands. I also appreciate just how classy you dealt with the parties this year. *Cheers to all the vendors this year. I hope you made bank. *And to the best attendees in the world, you make all the work worth it. Thank you all and goodnight. See you in 2014. Glenn not pictured: Claus & Tess, Shane, Nathan, Allen, and Wayne J.