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Tuesday has rolled around again, which means it's time to hear another Pit Story, this time from Norwegian outfit Trollfest. The band shares this story of a figure-8 pit breaking out in Austria:
Once upon a time in Austria, on the road with Korpiklaani, the trolls were trying to breathe some life into a slightly scattered crowd. It was time for “Der Jegermeister,” which is ALWAYS accompanied by a circle pit, usually of violent proportions. But there was no room! The concert hall consisted of several huge concrete columns of death!
The creative side of Trollmannen was let loose, and he went on a passionate rant that seemed to take on a life of its own. “Can you do it around the columns? We’ll have one there, and one over there.” Said the energetic frontman, pointing. The crowd cheered. “Fuck it, can you do it in a figure of 8!?” Trollmannen was inventing on the spot. “Allright, let’s do a circle-of-8 pit! I have to work on the name, but this is going to be legendary!”
Some hard core metal heads were already trembling with anticipation, wanting the song to start ASAP! “This song is called Der Jegermeister!!” roared the bearded Norwegian, and Trollfest went head first into one of their classic neck breakers. And yes, Trollmannen’s faith in the Austrian fans paid of and a fantastic 8-pit ensued! Some blood was probably spilled and some teeth left home, but it was worth knowing that we invented a new game to play!More...
Each week we check in with metal musicians to get their most memorable Pit Stories from live shows. Today vocalist Sal LoCoco of New York outfit Sworn Enemy shares this tale of Brian Fair getting his nose broken while out on tour with Death Ray Vision:
So Sworn Enemy set out on a mini tour with Death Ray Vision and Acaro last summer, and we haven't seen Mike D (Killswitch Engage) and Brian Fair (Shadows Fall) in a long time. It was really good to catch up with both of those guys. Also wound up getting very close with the Acaro guys on that tour.
Well to make a long story short the tour is winding down and the last day we are up at Bogies in Albany, our set is going great and we get to our closing song "We Hate." Now at this time Brian has been dancing for us throughout the whole set like a madman. We pretty much get to the last 10 seconds of the song, now mind you none of us in the band seen it happen as we were onstage with the lights blaring in our eyes, we find out that Brian got knocked in the face and busted his nose and had to go to the hospital. Death Ray Vision did not get to play their set. What a way to end the tour. It was crazy that he had that happen to him in the last few seconds of our set.
Death Ray Vision commented on the event back in September of 2013 via Facebook: "Thanks to Sworn Enemy and Acaro for a hell of a good time for the Raging Semi Tour! Thanks to everyone who came out and partied with us! Albany, sorry for not being able to play due to Brian getting his nose broken in the Pit during Sworn Enemy..we'll make it up to you!"
Each week we check in with metal bands from nations around the globe to find their favorite mosh pit memories. For this week's Pit Story, Canadian outfit Skull Fist shares the following tale of the "two towers," a fan duo who forced the crowd into on-stage interaction:
Everytime we played in Holland over the last 2 years I always noticed the same two guys in this one city. They were huge huge tall bro's that always used to come out and get totally shitfaced at the shows. I had a few beers with them on multiple occasions but one time we were playing this gig in the Netherlands with Chainsaw and the two huge dudes were there. We started actually calling them the "twin towers" since they were always together and big guys!
I called to them while I was on stage and said "yooooo twin towers!!!!" When I did this they took it as an opportunity haha. They literally just started grabbing people from the crowd and throwing them up on stage. When the people tried to climb off the stage they forced them to stay up there. Within about 3 minutes we had the whole entire crowd up on stage with us rocking and singing along to "Angel Witch" which we used to cover alot.More...
Each week we check in with rock and metal bands from across the globe to get their favorite mosh pit memories, and this week's Pit Story comes courtesy of Riotgod vocalist Sunshine.
Check out Sunshine's tale below of experiencing a Flotsam and Jetsam show under the influence where the night's main entertainment came from an out of control skinhead:
This is kinda peripheral, but here we go: No matter what pit I have had the distinction of being in, whether while seeing the Cro-Mags or Agnostic Front at L'Amour back in the day or even in unexpected pits that break out at festivals during bands you would not think bring that out (see “Alice in Chains – Man in the Box”), I have had my share of adrenaline. Exciting but not dickish violent, that is not my scene.
As a musician – sometimes the pit breaks over onto the stage. One time a guy grabbed my mike and was sucked back in to the mosh, getting that back was a trip, kinda like fishing and rodeo at once. My audience based pit experience, it is something I deal with, as most do, to get close to the stage. Some guys are the kind who have to get in the middle of it, arms swinging, pushing and dealing.
A side note: I love it at a poorly attended local show, when ONE GUY is the pit. Anyway, I have always been a musician first and dealt with the pit. I am and have been always vigilant – helping people up – pit etiquette all that – see the Wikihow entry on moshing - can you believe that article, wow! And for this refer to #5: “...How brutal are the individuals bouncing around this particular pit? Are people just having fun, or are they going for blood? Know the difference between those who are ‘slam dancing’ and the idiot high school jock who's running around smashing people in the face with his knuckles...”
I always pride myself on being aware of what is going down, casing the situation for that one guy or group of dopes who surely will make
into l:-(ss than. And though having been in more than a few pits of various sizes, as time went on, I was relatively unscathed. But... I always had a feeling that one night who-knows-what would happen but “The Pit” the scene would somehow bite me. Like a snake handler, one day you WILL be bitten, no matter how careful you are.
It was the Flotsam and Jetsam / Leeway show back in the day, at the “new” Ritz in NYC, the old Studio 54. I found a blog that described the night, someone else's take on the night: “The bill that night was Mind Over Four, Repulsion (before they became known as Type O Negative), hometown heroes Prong and Leeway (who I immediately realized most of the NY hardcore and metal kids were there for), and headliners Flotsam & Jetsam. I was nonplussed by the insanity we faced, the sheer physicality of young men with something to prove.”More...
The mosh pit: where metal brethren gather together to get out their aggression and rock out to some of the world's best music.
Every week we check in with metal bands and fans from around the globe to get their favorite Pit Stories. This week we have a double-dose of pit mayhem from Brazilian all-female thrash band Nervosa.
First up, vocalist/bassist Fernanda Lira shares several tales of her many accumulated war wounds from mosh pits:
I love the moshpit! That's why in every show of ours, I'm always encouraging people to mosh, stage dive and sometimes I even join them! But most of my funny stories involving mosh pits happened when I was watching concerts - and I always end up injuring myself really bad!
At a Municipal Waste gig once, me and many other girls were invited to join and headbang on the stage and right after, the singer asked us to stage dive all at once, and I ended up falling from the stage and injuring my back really hard! The same happened at a Ratos de Porão gig: I jumped from the stage, nobody held me, and I smashed my face into the ground. My eyebrows started bleeding and were seriously swollen and I couldn't walk in a normal way for almost 2 weeks because something wrong happened with my knees, haha!
And the last one I remember and the most serious on, happened at a Krisiun gig where I tried to stage dive and when I was about to ask people to put me on my feet, a guy simply didn't hold me and I fell and beat the back of my head on the ground. My eyes saw a completely white blank and I almost fainted out. A HUGE bump rose on my head and after one week feeling dizzy and having strange symptoms related to my vision and hearing capacities, I went to the doctor and he said I beat my head so bad that I developed labyrinthitis!
Nervosa guitarist Prika Amaral also adds these comments about her most memorable show experience:
Last year, we played in Macapá. The show was insane, the stage was too high and a boy was pushed by the head by a security guard into the mosh pit where a tug of war was made. When we got off the stage, many people pulled our hair, we couldn't walk, the fans wanted pictures and signatures and to take my guitar. It was crazy!
Nervosa's new album "Victim of Yourself" is due out this coming March 11th in North America via Napalm Records. Check out a teaser trailer for the release below. More...
Each week we check in with metal bands from around the globe to get their favorite Pit Stories from metal shows.
Today Richard Sjunnesson (The Unguided, ex-Sonic Syndicate) shares this story of a miscalculated stage dive:
This is a story from our old band Sonic Syndicate but still pretty entertaining, and seeing we are 3 persons from that band in The Unguided what the hell!? Anyway, we had this gig in Gothenburg 2007 on a festival called Metaltown. And towards the end of our set the former harsh vocalist of Dead By April, Jimmie Strimell, came up on stage for no particular reason, we barely knew the guy back back then, but I suppose he was just drunk and wanted to fuck about. Anyway; he was roaming around the stage for a while and I remember us being a bit annoyed by the fact. But after a moment he comes up with the brilliant idea to stage dive.
In his drunk mind he supposedly made some miscalculations as from where the crowd was positioned and that solid iron barrier between the stage and the fans. He however took off and made a miraculous leap towards the people, or so he thought, in fact he hit that fucking barrier head on, and made a total fool of himself. All this was of course immortalized by our manager standing in the ditch filming. And everything stupid like that eventually ends up on YouTube right? So now it can be watched below around 03:00 for everyone amusement. A small step for man but a giant fail-leap for Jimmie!
Regarding The Ungudied we are just about to release our sophomore album “Fragile Immortality” and once that’s out we are going to support it by doing some touring here in Scandinavia and a bunch of festivals during the summer. We are also looking into doing some touring around Europe under 2014. Going to be a busy year!More...
For this week's edition of Pit Stories, guitarist Taylor Roberts from Cathercist shares a tale of his most memorable mosh experience at a Lamb of God show:
I think the craziest mosh pit I ever encountered would have to be when I attended Lamb of God, As I Lay Dying, Children of Bodom, God Forbid, and Municipal Waste. I remember thinking how crazy this show was, because it was in this random town in Louisiana. The auditorium looked like a bigger, more asbestos filled gymnasium from high school, so I knew it would be interesting.
The show is going on and the crowd is getting crazier with each band. And of course at the time I had brought my then girl with me and she was losing her mind over the pit, and I was absolutely loving it. Well Lamb of God finally gets on stage and second song in, it's a sea of crazy kids and a crowd surfer floats by, falls down, and as he gets back up, dropped kicked the ever living shit out of me. I wasn't even mad, if anything I threw horns in the air, yelled "Hell Yeah!" And started pushing kids back! I had the biggest grin.
As far as pits that we've started, I think my favorite was at uproar 2011 with A7x, BFMV, Sevendust, and more. The event was supposed to be outside, but apparently a monsoon had come out of nowhere at the coliseum so the stages had to be moved inside. There were about 5,000 kids inside the convention center and I remember us saying "Ignore these signs that say no moshing, they mean nothing today!" And we started our song "Rise" and when it kicked in, we had a wall of death that started and this huge pit erupted in the center of the crowd. Security of course broke it up, but it was pretty insane cause no one moshed after that because security got real strict after us, but we felt quite accomplished. We did get bitched at though by security afterwards haha.
Cathercist will soon be hitting the road with American Head Charge for a U.S. tour. You can find the dates right here, or check out a music video from the band below. For more info on Cathercist, head over to the group's Facebook profile here. More...
Every week we check in with musicians from around the globe to get their favorite stories from live shows.
Today Cormac Neeson from Irish rock outfit The Answer shares a tale about unintentional crowd surfing. Check it out below.
The Answer's latest album "New Horizon" is out now in both Europe and North America through Napalm Records. You can watch the band's video for "Spectacular" after the jump.
Be sure to check back in again next Tuesday as we share more Pit Stories from live shows.
This is an old one and harks back to when The Answer was just starting out and we were playing a really small club in my home town of Newcastle Northern Ireland. We would play this place every couple of weeks and the place would be packed and hot and very sweaty every night without fail. The crowd also had a tendency to get carried away and forget we were in a club that held 100 people as opposed to an arena that held 10,000. But that didn't bother us one bit.
Not until this one night when I took the mike and decided to jump into the crowd (who were right in front if my nose as there was no stage) and sing the encore down amongst the people. Unfortunately the very same good people thought I wanted to go crowd surfing rather than just shake my shit with the first few rows. Before I realized what was happening I was thrown up into the air.. I say into the air.
The roof couldn't have been more than seven foot from the floor. So I actually had to sing the rest of the song while wedged tightly between a sea of sweaty rockers and a nicotine flavoured, beer stained roof. And they didn't let me down until the song was over. I'll never forget that smelly assed roof!!More...
Every week we check in with bands from across the globe to get their favorite stories from metal shows. This week Insomnium guitarist/vocalist Ville Friman shares the following story of kids in a pit going airborne courtesy of an Olympic hammer thrower:
When I was young, there really wasn’t a pit culture at Finnish live shows. However, mosh pits have become more popular among young people within the past few years - and we even get these once in a while. One thing you often notice from the stage is the size, age, and strength differences between different people. At one of our recent shows in Helsinki, a pit broke loose during “The Killjoy.” After awhile, you could see these small kids starting to fly around from the back of the audience. When I took a more careful look, I could see that Finnish Olympic hammer thrower, Olli-Pekka Karjalainen, had come to see our show and was taking part in the pit by pushing around these small teens. Even though everybody was enjoying the show and having fun, I was pretty glad to be on the safe side of the room.
Insomnium is currently working on the follow-up to "One For Sorrow" (reviewed here), with full details on the new album forthcoming. The band has already posted one single from the forthcoming opus.
Each Tuesday we check in with bands and fans to get their best stories from live shows, and this week we got in touch with comedy metal kings Pyschostick, who know the truth that Dogs Like Socks! Guitarist Joshua Key shares these tales of the band's sombrero-instigated pits:
We have an infamous song where we give a sombrero to someone in the audience, then challenge them to hold on to it while the entire audience tries to snatch it away from them. It can get pretty out of hand. We actually had to come up with rules we give them before we start... "No kicking, no punching, no biting, no wet willies, no wedgies, don't steal his shoes." ALL of those have all happened before.
One time we were doing the sombrero in Nashville, the big knot of people hanging onto the sombrero somehow migrated out the door next to the stage which led into the parking lot. Rob (our singer) was like, "Hey, the shows in here!"
Another time in Buffalo, we were touring with a band called As Summer Dies. Their guitarist Hollywood was just an innocent bystander watching the sombrero pit from the sidelines. A really big dude backed up into him, stepping on is foot and breaking his ankle. He had to do the rest of the tour with a broken ankle, I don't know how the hell he did it! That's the first broken bone we've ever had during the sombrero... and he wasn't even going after it!
One of the craziest shows with the sombrero was in Casper, WY of all places... there was a huge pile of bodies on top of the dude with the sombrero, and one guy took a flying leap on top of the pile, like Superman. Later in the show, the crowd was so crazy that they broke the barrier in front of the stage. Let no one claim that Wyoming doesn't know how to throw down at a metal show!
Each week we check in with musicians to get their favorite stories from live shows. This week vocalist/guitarist Cregg Rondell of Boy Hits Car shares a tale of holding up a pit pileup from the bottom at a Nuclear Assault performance. Check out Cregg's story below:
1989, the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium: while slamming during a Nuclear Assault set, I felt a body go down behind me, and fall on my right foot. As the rest of the pit piled up and on top of the person who went down, my leg got wedged between the floor and the quickly accumulating body's falling on top of the poor dude who initially fell. I began to panic, feeling that if I go down I'll be at the bottom of this mass of sweaty, hairy, heshers. So I quickly grabbed my leg just above the knee, and with all my will pulled myself loose. As I moved away, and back into the hectic circle, I felt and heard the whole pile up slam to the floor, as I was inadvertently holding the whole thing up...
Every week metal bands from across the globe check in with Metalunderground.com to share their favorite stories from live shows. Today Nige Rockett, guitarist from the legendary U.K. thrash band Onslaught, reminisced about a show in Chile a couple of years ago where the crowd literally ripped the doors down to see the band:
We were down in Chile two years ago and we’ve just come on stage and there was a huge crowd there. All of a sudden, about 150 guys just came piling through this audience….split everybody open and surged to the front and went berserk…massive circle pit going. I was like ‘wow, that’s kinda weird.’ We finished the show and we decided – ‘cause it was so hot…it must have been over 100 degrees in the venue – we decided to go hang at a bar across the road before the next band came on. We went through the doors….which were kind of left on the floor – there was these massive steel doors about ten foot high and about 8 foot - 10 foot wide. There is police outside and all these doors are on the floor and there is blood everywhere. I said ‘what happened here?’ He said, ‘well, when you guys started playin’ – none of these guys had tickets, so they just ripped the doors off and beat their way into the venue. And that was the surge that came in and it was absolutely crazy. These were huge doors and they were just ripped off their hinges. It was absolutely insane. Yeah, there is some crazy guys in Chile!More...
Every week metal bands from across the globe check in with Metalunderground.com to share their favorite stories from live shows. Today vocalist Nick Holmes of U.K. outfit Paradise Lost offers up this tale of an end-of-tour prank gone wrong:
On the last show of a tour, it’s “customary” for headline bands to play tricks on support acts, and the other way round—if you get along that is! Just small pranks, lowering small stonehenges from the ceiling, walking on stage dressed as a “zombie”—mostly unfunny stuff like that. But unaware of my absolute hatred for fish and seafood in general, our Swedish support band decided to play one of the worst pranks imaginable.
Back in the day, Paradise Lost used to use two industrial high velocity fans on either side of the stage to blow dry ice in the right direction to coordinate with the light show, etc., and this is where the “fun” started...Most people reading this won’t know about the northern Swedish delicacy “Surströmming.” It’s fermented herring, basically “tinned rotten fish,” and it’s hard to put into words just how bad this stuff smells!
For a “great” end of tour prank, the bass player from said Swedish support band decided it would be funny to pour the oil from a tin of “Surströmming” onto one of our industrial fans! All hell broke loose! Once the smell hit me, I began to projectile vomit, and couldn’t stop vomiting. My face turned as red as a strawberry, and my eyes nearly popped out. It was impossible to continue, and we had to cancel the concert and flee the stage after only four songs! Meanwhile, the whole room was in chaos. I have had the misfortune of being at a concert where tear gas was expelled, and the crowd reaction was pretty similar to this - combined with gagging!
Needless to say, the backstage atmosphere turned rather sour! Also, since the incident, I have it on good authority that the entire venue smelled like “Davey Jones’ Locker” for many months to follow.
In addition to last year's "Tragic Idol" full-length (reviewed here), Paradise Lost will be releasing a collection titled "Tragic Illusion 25 (The Rarities)" on October 21st in Europe (digitally on October 29th in North America). Full details can be found at this location.
Check back in again next Tuesday as we continue to share more band stories from live metal shows.
Every week we check in with rock and metal acts from all corners of the globe to get their best stories from live shows. This week we move beyond the pit to hear from Christina Kasper of Ottawa band Doll about a drunk fan crashing an interview:
One of the first interviews Doll ever did was with the guys on I'm With The Band TV. We decided to do it outside the venue we had just played, right after our gig. Little did we know it was near "The Liquor Store Party Bar" at 2am... a bar that's known for catering and over serving to a younger crowd on weekends.
So the interview was going on normally when all of a sudden bars close and out comes the crazies! This drunk ass girl comes up to the camera blabbing about her new iPhone. Instead of stopping the interview we figured we'd go along with it and have bit of fun. So after she told us she loved life hehe we asked her if she loved Doll and of course she did and she loved our live show... although I'm pretty sure she had never heard of us or was even at the show! Different music crowd I think! After a few minutes her boyfriend and friend came looking for her and took her away from the cameras.
After that is when the madness begins. Her boyfriend brought her to a wall directly behind where the cameras where filming. She started puking which was to be expected. It was hard to continue the interview with a straight face. Then all of a sudden her dress came off and she started peeing right behind us... Golden showers everywhere and in front of a huge crowd and cameras rolling. When she noticed people were starring at her she began to cry, still with her dress off, completely naked. I guess kids don't wear underwear these days...
Anyhow her boyfriend came and confronted us when he figured what was going on and we told him we wouldn't release any of it...and since we're nice guys we didn't but part of the excitement can be found in the video below.
Check out the beginning of the interview (minus the puking and urinating) in the player below, or find more info on Doll at the band's Facebook profile here. Be sure to also check back in again next Tuesday for more Pit Stories.
The pit is where the action is at, but it can also be a dangerous place with all the banging heads and flailing body parts.
Every week we check in with musicians from around the globe to get their most memorable Pit Stories. Today Martin Van Drunen (Hail of Bullets, Grand Supreme Blood Court) shares this story of a short stage resulting in fan and band coming just a bit too close together at an Asphyx show:
In April 2009, I played with Asphyx in Barcelona in a place called Espasi Jove, together with Graveyard and Looking For An Answer. Two great but unfortunately not very well known bands from Spain. It was one of these shows organized by fans, not professional promoters, so it was a bit pleasantly chaotic, as these shows usually are. The place itself looked like a school building, and the stage was about one-foot high, so it wasn’t really something you could call a stage. But we don't care about minor things like that-- the place was packed and the atmosphere was just great. Both Graveyard and Looking For An Answer did fat performances, which we watched from the crowd, having a good time and drinking, as always. A lot of beers with the metalheads.
So then it was our turn. Normally when we headline smaller shows, we can play up to two hours sometimes, depends if there's a curfew. So this would be a long one as well. I think it was somewhere halfway into the set (we still had to do songs like “The Rack” and “Last One” along with some other Asphyx-oldies) when there was a big guy standing at the front of the stage banging his head off. But he was really tall, perhaps like me, maybe even bigger. So at one point, he was banging his head, but he was standing slightly bent over. And we always bang our heads off too during our set, so when I put my head down, all of a sudden he threw his head back, but also stood up straight. So he hit my forehead fuckin’ hard with the back of his thick Spanish skull. And for an instant, I was blind, couldn't see shit. Then I felt the spot where he hit me, and there was this egg growing rapidly.
The band guys asked if I was ok of course. I asked Xavi from Graveyard (whom I saw standing in the crowd) to please get me some ice, and he started running to the bar and came back with a plastic cup with a big piece of ice in it. Ah, I remember that relief when I put that against my aching and palpitating forehead. But, as we say in the band, we always man ourselves (it's a Dutch expression, not sure how to translate that), and it was our first show in Spain ever. We didn't wanna disappoint the Spanish fans. So I continued the show, with the ice against my head, taking it slightly more easy than normal haha. And the crowd really appreciated it and were grateful that we kept playing on.
Later on, I met the guy and he apologized. I told him, “Hey, not your fault, you had a good time banging to us and you didn't do it on purpose, those things can always happen during a death metal show.”
I think I had a brain concussion, as I still had a satanic headache for days after that performance. But I recovered soon after that, and now it's just a nice anecdote or memory. And let's be honest, boys and girls: death metal just ain't for sissies…
Asphyx released latest album "Deathammer" in 2012, and in other Martin Van Drunen news, Hail of Bullets is gearing up for the release of new album "III The Rommel Chronicles." Check out the first single from the album right here, and be sure to check back in next Tuesday for more Pit Stories! More...
It's Tuesday, which means the time has come for another Pit Story from those road warriors who get on stage to let the mosh flow for headbangers around the world.
This week's story comes courtesy of Dissension vocalist/guitarist Nathan Afilalo, who shares this tale of a Toys-R-Us Satanic sacrifice:
If you were to go just north east of Montreal’s inner city, there lies a hole in a brick wall. In said whole one finds a shitty ass venue, packed with sweaty teenagers, amateurish gratify, more band stickers than all the hairs in Odin’s beard, and a giant dog who lays equally giant shits on the pit floor. In said venue, there was a heavy metal show taking place. On a side note the venue was legally considered a cafe.
It was at this show that our band, Dissension, decided to incorporate a poorly executed somewhat Ghost reminiscent comedy routine midway through the set. We had our friend come up on stage and perform a demonic gospel sermon, in a deep southern accent naturally, to dimmed lights and a smoke machine we got discounted at Canadian Tire during the Halloween sales. Our drummer was on the keys playing one of his spooky church organ originals (if you can appreciate a drummer playing keyboards then this is very funny). Amidst the terrible music and Satanic proselytizing, our friend took out a baby doll from beneath his cloak which had a upside-down cross painted on its face. The crown went wild for the Toys-R-Us sacrifice as it flew into the pit as our next song began.
The hapless doll fell into the frenzied crowd and we thought, “a fitting sacrifice for the dark Lord,” and forgot about it. However, the end of the night came, the venue lights turned on, and strewn about the shit-stained floor were various members of the doll’s little body. What was most hilarious, however, was that when we went outside in the alley adjacent to the venue, we found the limbless husk of the plastic child lit of fire, with its satanic eyes peering at us from behind the flames. The miniature fire died down and we retrieved the head. It's charred remains are still in our jam space today.
Dissension's new album "Of Time And Chronic Disease" is due out September 10th, and we'll be releasing a song from the album later this week, so keep your eyes peeled! You can also read our recent interview with the band right here, or follow the band's activity at Facebook.
For today's Pit Story, Boston hardcore punk outfit Gang Green goes way back in time to the mid-80s to tell the following tale of the band's vocalist passing out drunk half an hour before a show:
In Long Beach, California in 1985, the teenagers of Gang Green were on their first national tour. With a just a couple 7” singles released, each show was generally unpredictable for this new up and coming band outside major cities. After the van breaking down 1 hour out of Los Angeles, the band was slightly on edge and out of money when we finally arrived into California, though happy that we had finally made it to our main destination.
We were all pleasantly surprised to see some of our punk rock idols from The Circle Jerks attending the show. I guess Chris, our singer, decided he was going to impress some these guys with some good old excessive drinking! Something he was getting very good at after 20 days on the road with 5 or 6 smelly guys in a van. Actually, he drank so much that night he was vomiting outside the venue and eventually passed out in a grassy area. Holy shit! Here we are in California ready to play in front of kids who are actually looking forward to seeing us play and Chris is passed out with 30 minutes left until set time.
After forcing him to wake up, we were all relieved when he made it to the stage and made it through most of set without falling on his face. This show is documented in the live photograph of Gang Green displayed on the inside panel of the CD, Drop The Needle: Boston Punk Anthology.
The new compilation "Drop the Needle: Boston Punk Anthology" is due out October 1st, 2013 and features tracks by Gang Green, Smegma and the Nunz, Celebrity Death Certificate, Scratch, and Mallet Head. Full details are available at this location. More...
Each week we check in with fans and bands from around the world to get their mosh pit stories from live shows. This week our Pit Story comes courtesy of Metalunderground.com reader Gorecunt about experiencing a hipster mosh:
The show I went to was primarily for fans of post-metal, which is the first scene where hipsters and metalheads have a common interest. Both subcultures go together like water and oil (sometimes a match - Cynic said this in his article "Black Metal: The Shoegaze Wave"). And so me and a small handful of metalheads were in a crowd of hipsters. Deafheaven was playing and they were the only ones with music heavy enough to mosh to. Not expecting hipsters to *try* starting a pit, we remained reserved. Then the pit started. Me and the guys initially laughed at them as they were slamming about awkwardly in their skinny jeans outside their natural habitat and trying to hold on to their thick-rimmed glasses.
Then one of Deafheaven's heavier songs came on ("Unrequited"). Three of us took places where the pit would be as we waited for the soft intro to give way to the heavy riff. I took center position, two metalheads were at my left and right. The heavy tremolo chords blasted and I pushed the two off, starting the pit. We showed the hipsters how its done. Some got hurt but they brushed it off and resumed moshing. They learned well. The next decent song played and they got the hang of it. It was a proud moment, kind of like old school teaching the new school. It was a surprisingly awesome bonding moment.
Now here's what makes hipster pits fun for me: They're so small and frail by comparison so starting a pit is so easy. I easily pushed 3-5 of them at once and next thing you know half the room is a pit. Its so lulzy.
Now that Tuesday has rolled around again its time for another Pit Story shared by metal bands from all genres and locations.
The pit can be the center of the live show experience, where metal heads can get their aggression out, but injuries are an unfortunate byproduct - and a badge of honor for many show veterans. This week Wyoming metal/hardcore outfit Righteous Vendetta shares the following story of a fan getting trampled in the chaotic sea of the mosh pit:
Being a smaller band at this point we have seen a good amount of mosh pits but nothing as massive as say an As I Lay Dying pit. That said, we have seen some pretty crazy injuries in the pits. As a kid I always went to As I Lay Dying shows and got in the pits which consistently would extend 50 feet in diameter around the sound board. I remember running, breathing in all the dirt as I struggled to keep up with the people in front.
Something similar to this scenario happened at one of our shows in Wyoming. A circle pit broke out in the middle of this venue/skate park. I would say it was about 20-30 feet in diameter. There were huge kids, tiny kids, old kids, and youngsters alike. About fifteen seconds into the pit I saw a kid trip and fall and get trampled, I lost sight of him as the pit continued and forgot about what happened shortly after the incident.
We finish our set and someone comes up to us asking about the kid. Well apparently when he tripped he broke his ankle, not only that, when he was basically run over, his right arm was completely broken in half by someone who stepped on it. Both bones were protruding from his arm. In our compassionate hearts we went to visit him at the hospital where we just missed him as he went into surgery. I believe we drew him a nice picture!
Righteous Vendetta recently completed recording a new album at JTW Recording Studios with producer Joel Wanasek. The album is due out later this year, with more details to follow. Stay up to date with the band's latest activity over at Facebook. You can also start your own pit at a Righteous Vendetta show on these dates:
7/26 - Sheridan, WY @ Sheridan Fairgrounds
8/02 - Kassel, GERMANY @ Freakstock Festival
8/10 - Rybnik, POLAND @ Sonar Days Festival
8/16 - Grossandelfingen, SWITZERLAND @ Heavenstage Festival
Check back in next week as we share more Pit Stories, and let us know about your craziest metal show experience, and whether you've got any pit-induced injuries, in the comments section below.
Each week we check in with metal musicians to get their best stories from live shows.
While these tales usually center on the mayhem of the mosh pit, today guitarist Christian Larson from Venomous Maximus shares a story that takes place backstage during a Q&A with the infamous Glenn Danzig.
Christian had this story to share about an ill-advised question to Danzig regarding the Samhain box set that took years to finally see release:
In the late 90's in San Antonio at a metal fest, SOD headlined and saw some of my 1st Swedish metal bands. I sold my Peavy amp to get a ticket to the show. As we rolled up into the parking lot, a local Houston band asked us if we wanted to buy backstage passes for the whole fest. So we got to roll around back stage and further enticed me to get into playing music more.
We were allowed to sit in on a press conference with an interview with the singer of Morbid Angel and Glenn Danzig. Some magazine was asking Danzig when the Samhain box set was coming out. He was very annoyed by the questions and gave very smart ass answers back, obviously not wanting to talk about it.
So I guess my buddy Willow wasn't paying attention as he was gazing into Danzig's eyes (keep in mind this room is packed wall to wall with press and fans). So my buddy gets the last question and he asked the same question about the box set and all the press and attention is on him. No one could believe he asked it and Glenn didn't respond and just walked out the conference.
The Venomous Maximus album "Beg Upon The Light" is due out in North America on July 2nd via Napalm Records. For more info on the band and upcoming tour dates, head over to the Venomous Maximus Facebook profile here, and be sure to check back in next week for more heavy metal Pit Stories. More...