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Two elderly men escaped from a nursing home to go to a heavy metal concert

Can’t find a couple of residents from your aged care facility? Have you tried the local heavy metal festival?

That was how things played out for the staff of a facility near Hamburg, Germany, when they noticed two older gentlemen were not in their rooms.

The staff contacted local police, who must have had a hell of a time searching before finding the two men at Wacken Open Air, the self-described “biggest heavy metal festival in the world.”

A police spokeswoman said the two were “disoriented and dazed,” which is probably a fair way to describe most revelers still going strong at the festival at 3am!

What’s more, the two were none too keen to be taken back to the facility, with a police summary of the event reporting, “the men were reluctant to go home, so that a patrol car accompanied the contracted taxi as a precaution.”

“They obviously liked the metal festival,” said police spokeswoman Merle Neufeld. “The care home quickly organised a return transport after police picked them up.”

Far from being the only senior citizens to attend the festival, images on Twitter showed no shortage of metalheads who proved there is no age limit for those who are ready to rock.

Hell, between AC/DC, Ozzy Osbourne, and Judas Priest, there’s no shortage of brilliant musicians still going strong into the autumn of their years, so it really shouldn’t be any great surprise their fans are going along too.

If you’re looking to come to Wacken next year when the festival will be celebrating its 30th anniversary, you’ll be able to see plenty of Aussie acts, with Airbourne, Parkway Drive and Rose Tattoo all having been announced as performing in 2019.

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