Concerts used to be about great music and yes some concert goers abused themselves with alcohol and drugs ..but mosh pits?? Come on you redneck idiots.
The word ‘redneck’ has been going around the house a bit more lately, mostly in combination with the stupidest idiotic new Live Concert crave called Mosh Pit.
Our two sons and son-in-law went to a concert last night and instead of enjoying the music, they got wasted (well at least the 2 sons, since son in law was DD for the occasion) and decided that a visit to the Mosh Pit would spice up the evening. They learned that a well proportioned muscular body is not enough to survive the Mosh Pit, so they received a real beating in that most idiotic addition to the live concert scene.
A profile of the 3 sons involved in last night’s ‘mash up’ (apparently the word was mistaken from the origin of the Caribbean to mash up) , two of them are dads and one is a (usually) responsible 28 year old, but all three tend to be susceptible on occasion to red neck behavior mostly as a result of too many beers.
In my days as an active rocker I’ve seen kids jump from balconies, do crowd surfing antics, get into fights, go overboard on alcohol and drugs, but thankfully no-one ever passed away during the concert. Apparently that is different these days as the following numbers display:
Between 1992 and 2002 more than 230 young adults died during concerts and 66,787 were injured during a total of 306 researched events.
Here are my concerns with this stupid redneck behavior:
1. Since all partying here in the US has become mostly synonymous with getting wasted on alcohol and/or drugs, if this Moshing is not put to a stop, events like these will soon resemble the old Roman Empire’s Fight to death scenarios in Colosseums like in the MOVIE “The Hunger Games”.
2. Even though there is apparently a ringmaster of some sorts who is supposed to keep things in check in the mosh pit, reality is that there are always some “brain dead morons who wanna stamp on kiddies with too much liquefied testosterone”, without the ringmaster being able to prevent major injury.
3. Control during live concerts is quickly lost when violence occurs. Ask The Stones who saw a kid being knifed to death in front of them. Ask Ozzie who saw one fan break his neck and die and 3 other fans at the same concert getting hurt badly. And it’s not only rock, metal, punk or rap concerts. Current Country Rock Superstar Jason Aldean had a fan being shot in the parking lot last year
Event organizers may soon stop organizing stadium events because they can’t find liability insurance anymore. And that’s too bad for the future of open air live concerts, because most artists condemn the practice.
Moshing found its origin in 1982 and has more or less stuck around since, but apparently with growing interest here in the Southeast. That’s why I call it redneck behavior. It’s weekend entertainment here in the south, together with BBQ, a truck load of beer and hard liquor.
Since more and more artists even in hardcore rock and punk condemn the practice, it’s only a matter of time before organizers and artists put a stop to it.
Mike Portnoy of the bands Dream Theater and Avenged Sevenfold severely criticized moshing in an interview: We’re consciously aiming at theaters that people can actually sit down and enjoy the show and be comfortable without having to worry about their legs falling off or being kicked in the face by a Mosh Pit. So that will probably eliminate that problem anyway.
Joey DeMaio of American heavy metal band Manowar has been known to temporarily stop concerts upon seeing moshing and crowd surfing.
The Smashing Pumpkins took a stance against moshing, following some especially tragic incidents. At a 1996 Pumpkins concert in Dublin, Ireland, 17-year-old Bernadette O’Brien was crushed by moshing crowd members and later died in the hospital, despite warnings from the band that people were getting hurt. At another concert, singer Billy Corgan said to the audience:
“I just want to say one thing to you, you young, college lughead-types. I’ve been watchin’ people like you sluggin’ around other people for seven years. And you know what? It’s the same shit. I wish you’d understand that in an environment like this, and in a setting like this, it’s fairly inappropriate and unfair to the rest of the people around you. I, and we, publicly take a stand against moshing!”
Another fan died at a Smashing Pumpkins concert in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada on September 24, 2007. The 20-year-old male was dragged out of the mosh pit, unconscious, to be pronounced dead at a hospital after first-aid specialists attempted to save him.
Reel Big Fish’s 1998 album Why Do They Rock So Hard? included their mosh-criticizing song “Thank You for not Moshing,” which contained lyrics that suggested that at least some individuals in the mosh pit were simply bullies who were finding conformity in the violence.
I hope that our sons heed the advice to stay away from Mosh Pits during concerts in the future, because first of all it has nothing to do with music and furthermore it has nothing to do with manhood, or being a man. Participants in this dangerous activity are mostly between the ages of 18 and 22, stupid and inexperienced and full of testosterone energy they mistake for courage. I actually heard an idiotic parallel to the Hunger Games, but if that is your motivation, than prepare yourself and sign up for Close Combat Training in an accredited school, rather than work out at a gym 5 times a week to sport a muscled body without the brain and training to understand the first thing about fighting.
Moshing probably started out with fun in mind like crowd surfing or a little pushing translated as rough dancing. Apparently like with most human social endeavors, it has now run out of hand.
So to speak in the observant words of Jeff Foxworthy, if you have to use any of these concoctions in your home, you might be a redneck and a mosh pit may be a quintessential focal point in your backyard.
If not, then better avoid them.