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Pit Stories: The Tony Danza Tapdance Extravaganza Recalls Three Stories of Bodily Harm in the Pit

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We've been talking to bands and fans everywhere to get their favorite mosh pit stories. This week Jessie Freeland, vocalist for The Tony Danza Tapdance Extravaganza who's readying their new album "Danza III: The Series of Unfortunate Events," shares three "unfortunate events" from the pit.

Honestly there have been sooooooooo many tales from the pit we have seen over the years. Hmmmmmmm! I guess I can give you three that come to mind immediately. I don't remember the places, dates, or venues, but I do remember the events and they were all unfortunate.

First show that comes to mind we were probably only 45 seconds into the first song and the crowd was def already getting stupid. These are always the most fun shows to play but shit can get ridiculous sometimes and it didn't take to long for that to happen. Stage dives turned into crowd surfing and this one dude in particular reached up and tried to use the stage lights as his own personal jungle gym. Sparks, ceiling tile, and electrical currents went everywhere. The next time I saw him it looked like his head was still smoking...

Another time was after a show in the parking lot. I didn't see exactly what happend to this dude "in the pit," but his face was most definitely fucked up! He walked up to me and handed me what used to be his prescription glasses and told me thanks for the best show of his life. WTF do you say to something like that!?!?! I could only nod my head and tell him to go to the hospital ASAP!

The last one happened very recently on the Road To Metalfest tour. There was this little girl, maybe like 15, in the front row. At one point this dude three times her size jumps off the stage and CRUSHED her and her friends. I swear to god, I thought it killed her. I stopped playing to check on her and make sure she wasn't broken in half. I was seriously relieved to see her stand back up in one piece and I made it a point to find her after the show and hook her up with a free Danza t-shirt.

Danza's new album, "Danza III: The Series of Unfortunate Events," hits stores July 6 on Black Market Activities. You can check out the cover art and a preview of the album here.

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1. RTB writes:

TDTE has these kinds of pits/shows?...your kidding

# Jun 8, 2010 @ 5:37 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. hellrat writes:

RT!!! how the fvck is it the whenver i come on here we always end up same place, same fvckin time???

fvckin SPOOKY, brother :)

anyway, was gonna say---what the fvck? this band sucks so fvcking badly its embarrassing...EVERY fvcking sh**ty 'song' sound EXACTLY the same...squealy on the mic, screechy guitar, and that hideous unsprung snare are fvcking OUT

the ONLY thing these fvckin slouches have goin for 'em is that they pretended to write a song about billy dance...

now that dude's the real fvckin deal goddamnit :)

# Jun 9, 2010 @ 2:38 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. RTB writes:

YAAAA!!!! RATTT..\m/ \m/
That is some weird sh!t how the hell are things in the great state of new mexico...
Ya this band is a wall of noise to me, but go figure, some people dig this sh!t

# Jun 9, 2010 @ 2:44 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. Danza Macabre writes:

I f***in love TDTE. They combine a gutteral grind with competent breakdowns and a technicality that a lot of chaotic grind is lacking. And the kids recognize this. Danza pits are sick. I would never miss them coming around. I'm stoked for Danza 3! Bring on the savagery!

# Jun 9, 2010 @ 9:16 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. to: hellrat writes:

go listen to your powervikingmetal and stfu :)

# Jun 9, 2010 @ 11:24 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. RTB writes:

Powerviking metal is actually pretty awesome....
^RAT's cool, he s just misunderstood.....like B420 is...
Np turisas " rasputan"

# Jun 9, 2010 @ 1:25 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. n0thinghead writes:

pretty funny stories from a pretty horrible band.

# Jun 11, 2010 @ 8:31 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address

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