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Pit Stories: Potentially Serious Show Stoppers

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We've been talking to bands and fans everywhere to get their favorite mosh pit stories. This week Page Townsley of Vore shares a couple incidents that stand out to him:

We’re seen the gamut of drunks, fights, animal parts, tits, knocked over PA speakers and head wounds in pits over the years to be sure. There are two pit incidents that stand out to me in particular though as being unique...

One was back in 1998. We were on stage playing and this huge dude suddenly falls down in the front and starts shaking like crazy. He just collapsed and started vibrating. Turns out the guy had epilepsy and went into a grand mal seizure. It was a small place and downstairs, so we had to stop the show for thirty minutes or so while the venue called the paramedics who showed up and took the dude to the hospital. Fortunately there was someone there who had some first responder experience with epileptics that knew what to do until the EMT’s showed up to keep the guy from swallowing his tongue and hurting himself.

The other one was last year while we were playing a show at Downtown Music in Little Rock, AR. We had a huge pit going on and I suddenly see this leg go flying. That is leg singular, no body attached. Someone in the pit had a prosthetic leg and had it knocked off of him. Another person picked it up and was swinging it around and holding it up in the air like a trophy. I can’t say I’d ever seen someone get their leg torn off at a show before. I gave props to the guy with the leg for getting into the pit. I admired him for not letting a disability prevent him from jumping into a mosh pit and going ape shit with everyone else.

VORE has been hard at work recording their new album, "Gravehammer," and plans to have it finished early this year. "So far it’s going really well. I honestly think it’s going to be the best thing VORE has done," comments Page.

In the meantime, check out some of Vore's music on the band's MySpace page.

Check back every Tuesday for more pit stories.

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1. n0thinghead writes:

LMFAO!!! @ the prt of the prosthetic leg where it says "swinging it around and holding it up in the air like a trophy"

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2. metalrox555 writes:

Coincidentally, I was at a show last night with my friend that has a prosthetic leg.

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3. Gaby writes:

I was at show one time where a guy in a wheelchair showed up and started moshing. The guy he came with would grab his arm and swinging him around. And there was another guy, at that same show, who had some sort of gourd that wrapped around his neck and hung down to his waist. It wasn't long before it was destroyed in all different ways in the pit. It was a great time.

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