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Pit Stories: Don't Piss Off The Vocalist

With digital music readily available through services like Bandcamp and iTunes, heavy metal is now readily available everywhere from your phone to your computer, but that hasn't stopped the live show from being the heart of the scene. That's why every week we check in with musicians from across the globe to get their favorite stories from live performances.

As any regular show-goer knows, you shouldn't piss off the band unless you've got the balls to throw down or the numbers to back you up and out-shout the vocalist. From Dave Mustaine's infamous rants, Josh Homme from Queens of the Stone Age chucking things at audience members, and Bruce Dickinson's viral anti-pot tirade, many fans have made the mistake of ticking off a front man during a set.

Today Johnny Gorilla from The Admiral Sir Cloudesley Shovell shares this tale of his own back and forth with a crowd heckler:

We played in Scotland with Orange Goblin to a sold out King Tut's and this Russian guy calls me a cunt! He didn't remember meeting me the night before in a bar coz he was so pissed drunk. I stopped the gig and got the whole crowd to call him a cunt, by name. He looked like he was gonna cry.

Also a guy called "Scabby Dave" used to sit in front of us picking the scabs and eating them while we played! TASTY!!!

Admiral Sir Cloudsely Shovell's new album "Check 'em Before You Wreck 'em" was released earlier this month, and a music video off the album can be seen below.

Also be sure to check in next week for more Pit Stories, and let us know your favorite tale of a heckler getting called out during a set!

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Ty Arthur is a freelance writer who writes for both entertainment and technical instruction sites. An avid fan of many different forms of metal, he has been involved in reviewing music for several years and is currently a contributing editor for Metalunderground.com

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1. guest writes:

Off*

# Apr 29, 2014 @ 5:29 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. Diamond Oz writes:

I remember seeing Trivium supporting Iron Maiden at Earl's Court in 2006 and a bottle of piss was thrown at Matt Heafy. He tried to call them out but unfortunately he wasn't quite as witty as he seemed to think and the rest of the crowd seemed to have a giggle about the incident. Piss throwing, just one of the time honoured British traditions!

So yeah, there's my little story of seeing a heckler called out.

# Apr 29, 2014 @ 6:14 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. Borntomosh writes:

A few years back, I saw Cannibal Corpse play in the Midwest, and some guy launched a shoe at Corpsegrinder's head. Good ol' George saw who it was and called him out for it, and told him to get on stage if he had the "testicular fortitiude" (his own words). Of course, the guy didn't do anything, but his girlfriend walked up to the stage and planted a kiss on George's cheek. Place went ballistic.

Best one I've got lol

# Apr 29, 2014 @ 9:30 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. hellrat writes:

Last Iced Earth show I went to in LA, this drunk d!cknose was making a fool of himself on the floor , slamming into chicks with drinks and whatnot...Block got tired of him pretty quick and commanded to have him thrown out...as the thugs grabbed him and began hauling his yellow shirted a$$ away, Block bade him a proper sung farewell:

"laters, ya fvckin pvsseeeyyy-ey-ey-eyyyy!" complete with the vibrato high note at the end

it was pretty funny :)

# Apr 30, 2014 @ 1:54 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. BrianMN writes:

Morbid Angel, Covenant tour with Cynic.
Some dude kept shouting a song he wanted played.
I couldn’t hear which one but Vincent could.
After song four or five.
Vincent…….”Keep your d!ck in your pants and shut up BOY!”
Crowd got a good laugh at that one.
Borntomosh has the best one so far though.

# Apr 30, 2014 @ 9:55 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. coldiem writes:

I don't have any of my own, but the first thing I always think of is Bruce d***inson flipping out and calling out a fan in the front row for smoking a joint. At an Iron Maiden concert.... He whined that the guy was "polluting the air" and he was "trying to work up here". LOL, what a grade-A douche.

I bet all the smoke from the pyrotechnics is "clean smoke", though, right?

# May 1, 2014 @ 1:40 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. Potter writes:

Gigantour in Edmonton, Canada a few years back a guy threw a shoe on stage that hit or just missed Dave Mustaine. He went nuts, had a fit, walked off stage for 5-10 minutes. Finally came back out, gave the crowd sh** and said anymore tossers and they would shut it down. Keep in mind that this wasn't too long after Dimebag was killed so I can see the point but it sure was a princess moment.

# May 1, 2014 @ 10:03 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. Westfallen writes:

That bar in the video ... didn't Craig Ferguson do an interview there with Michael Clarke Duncan? Think it was in Scotland.

# May 2, 2014 @ 8:24 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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9. ghost of jim writes:

I pulled my d*** out on stage back in 1969, I don't see anyone testing the boundaries by doing something like that these days.
todays musicians still remain as slaves to there own art form and field.
fascists

# May 2, 2014 @ 5:24 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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10. Borntomosh writes:

I was unaware that flashing your manhood in an era where mass nudity was prevalent was/is considered "testing the boundaries".

Looks like we need to canonize GG Allin ASAP, guys and gals.

# May 2, 2014 @ 5:29 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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11. xFiruath writes:

There's also the infamous Taake on-stage wang incident. That picture still floats around the internet where Hoest is leaning forward screaming and a certain something below the belt slipped free.

# May 2, 2014 @ 6:14 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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12. al benedict writes:

10 have you not ever heard of jim morrison? i know it has been 45 years but even i got post 9s message, and im by no mean's a brain what so ever.
good grief.

# May 3, 2014 @ 4:29 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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13. brandedcfh420 writes:

#12: there was never any real proof he showed his "rooster".

# May 3, 2014 @ 4:35 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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14. al benedict writes:

i agree 13, isnt that what post 9 meant by testing the boundaries?
you got it, i got it, post 10 did not.
It's cool. just saying that is all.

# May 3, 2014 @ 6:02 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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15. Borntomosh writes:

Ah, didn't catch that reference, which is my own bone-headed fault. However, I despise The Doors, so I'm not surprised I did. I understand their impact, but I've never remotely liked a single piece of music they produced.

# May 3, 2014 @ 7:42 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address

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