The Seventh McNugget

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06 October 2005

Mosh Pit Etiquette

Last night's concert was the first time that I hit the most pit. I had shoved some people around at the Zebrahead/Reel Big Fish show, but last night was just plain ridiculous.

I kinda wanted to get into the mix throughout the whole show, but the pit was off and on all night and I was being a big baby about it. Finally, towards the end of the show... I said "screw it" and went in.

I know that mosh pits can get even more insane than this one... with legs and arms and blood flying... but this was more of an "I'm gonna slam into you and shove anyone I can find as hard as I can"-type crowd.... so I wasn't too concerned about getting KO'd. That said, there were some pretty big boys in there... and I'm no scrawny kat... and so it was definitely not for the feeble.

It was freakin awesome though. I took a beating like I haven't had in... well... ever. But I did hand out my share of punishment too... What I liked the most was the uncertainty and confusion. When you're in there... you don't know who is coming or from which direction... at any moment you might get slammed... that's the fun part. Oh, and taking a perfect shot on someone else is pretty rad too.

Perhaps the coolest thing is the "honor" among everyone there. No one was getting pissed off and starting crap. Everyone was laughing and having a good time. When someone fell, everyone would stop and help them up... when a song ended, a bunch of stinky, sweaty dudes who didn't know each other would high-five and slap backs.... It was pretty dang cool.

Of course, I feel like an old man today... with just about every muscle hurting. But definitely worth it.

So anyway, if you're still reading, share your mosh-pit stories!!


At 12:17 PM, Blogger Kate said...

I wonder if those spam comments ever actually generate any return...

Sorry, no stories. I haven't really been to many shows that had mosh pits.
I really don't get the whole mosh pit scene, anyway. Reading your post may be the closest I've come to understanding.

At 12:25 PM, Blogger Stan said...

I think of it as a way for people to let off steam in a violent way without causing any true damage or getting in any real trouble. I'm told that they can get way out of hand, but in general, I think they could be fun. I'm just way too chicken to try any of it. I prefer to stand on the edge and shove the "pinballs" around a bit.

At 12:27 PM, Blogger The K Man said...

Yeah, I can't really explain it. Outside of the context of loud, heavy music, it's a completely retarded concept.

But when the music's right and you're all amped up, it's kinda like what Stan said... a no-holds-barred physical exertion... almost like a frenzy...

...but it's fun.

At 12:31 PM, Blogger Manchild said...

Way past my time.

At 1:33 PM, Blogger The K Man said...

C'mon MC... I know you get crazy at those Bowie shows!!! FESS UP!

At 5:17 PM, Blogger Holz said...

I enjoy moshing at punk shows, I got pjunched accidentyl by a chick at a Blink 182 concert, and that was awesome.

Metallica moshing on the other hand abso-fucking-lutely sucked. I lost my shirt, under shirt, and hat not to mention bruises for days.

At 6:20 AM, Blogger Manchild said...

I saw Bowie play live once, with Tin Machine. I think it was in the late 80's or early 90's. There was no moshing.

At 9:11 AM, Blogger The K Man said...

I got pjunched accidentyl by a chick at a Blink 182 concert, and that was awesome.

HA!! When I read that you got punched, my immediate thought was that you were gonna say it sucked... but that ending is classic!!! :)


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