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What's the WILDEST concert you've ever been to?

For me I'd have to say any indoor SLAYER show in a smaller-type venue (2000 people or less). Every time I see them locally at the Newport Music Hall the show is completely off the hook, people jump off balconies, the pit is deadly... Peple go completely ape ****, and the energy level is one like I've never experienced at another live show, ever.
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Summer sanitarium show in Foxoboro (Metallica, Korn, Kid Rock, PM5K, and System of a Down.

I love a good pit, but this show was ridiculous security let anyone on to the floor so it was overcrowded, and NUTS at the front so many people were getting hauled over the barrier not moving! Not good, I went back out for the first time in a long time just so I could enjoy the show and physically see it.
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No one could ever top GG Allin in the wildest show department. His contempt and hatred for his audience was matched only by his pure anger and hate for himself. His final goal in life was to kill himself...on stage. However he overdosed on Heroin after a show in New York which killed him.

I saw him at the Metro in Chicago and it was the sickest, wildest concert I have ever been to.
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Hmm...I was expecting this question from desmondp

Wildest ... hmmm... I've been to a TON of concerts ... and for the life of me ... I can't seem to remember the wildest one.

Some memorable ones:

* Driving on the other side of the road to get to Alpine Valley for Tibetian Freedom Concert, (There is ONE one-way road, and the other side was completely empty) THEN driving on the shoulder where there is a cliff. If I made a mistake, I would have just walked away from my car.

* Bumming a shower near an Alpine Valley Days Inn. I was at a Pearl Jam show and stayed the night for the next show. I was so sweaty from the day before, I literally walked to a Days Inn and told them I needed to take a shower. Funny thing is the dude actually hooked me up with a room. (for free)

* Smashing Pumpkins at Metro. Enough said.

* Being nearly smashed to death at a Pearl Jam show in North Carolina. Again, enough said.
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I'm not sure about the definition of "wild" but the one with the best audience participation was Meatloaf.
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Originally posted by palebluedot
No one could ever top GG Allin in the wildest show department. His contempt and hatred for his audience was matched only by his pure anger and hate for himself. His final goal in life was to kill himself...on stage. However he overdosed on Heroin after a show in New York which killed him.

I saw him at the Metro in Chicago and it was the sickest, wildest concert I have ever been to.

I've heard and read horror stories about some of those shows, Yikes!

Chitownabs, I saw Smashing Pumpins a few years back on the Siamese Dream tour in a venue that held 700 people and then in one a few months later that held 1700 people, definitely one of the best shows ever!
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Originally posted by woofman

Chitownabs, I saw Smashing Pumpins a few years back on the Siamese Dream tour in a venue that held 700 people and then in one a few months later that held 1700 people, definitely one of the best shows ever!
Where was it? I've seen them once at Metro (capicity: 1,100, but I'm sure there were like 1,300 in there that night). I've also seen them at another venue in Chicago (Aragon) but it's a TERRIBLE venue to see any musical act.

Oh yeah, I also saw them in Munich, Germany. It was VERY wierd. Here you are ... about 2,000 miles away from home, and you're longing for anything that reminds you of home (not that I was homesick or anything) and you hear Billy Corgans voice.

Heh ... I did punch my fist in the air when he sang "And the Embers never fade for the city by the lake" ... the people around me thought I was a nutcase.
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Rage Against the Machine in Sept 1998

and Tool in Oct 1998.


Tool was the wildest. They had about 500 people or so jump down from the seated section and break through the barriers to get to the main floor. Security guards were tackling and beating whomever they could. It was great to watch
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Originally posted by ChiTownAbs


Where was it? I've seen them once at Metro (capicity: 1,100, but I'm sure there were like 1,300 in there that night). I've also seen them at another venue in Chicago (Aragon) but it's a TERRIBLE venue to see any musical act.

Oh yeah, I also saw them in Munich, Germany. It was VERY wierd. Here you are ... about 2,000 miles away from home, and you're longing for anything that reminds you of home (not that I was homesick or anything) and you hear Billy Corgans voice.

Heh ... I did punch my fist in the air when he sang "And the Embers never fade for the city by the lake" ... the people around me thought I was a nutcase.
I saw them open for Poi Dog Pondering at the Double Door. It was just after they released Gish and it was an excellent show. I saw them again at the field house at Northern Illinois University after Siamese Dream was released.
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Is Poi Dog Pondering any good? They're playing a benefit show at Joe's Sports Bar tomorrow night.
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Legend Valley Summer Jam 1981 in Legend Valley, Ohio. Outdoor festival with about 40,000. Lineup was, in order of appearence, Def Leppard, Blackfoot, Scorpions, J. Geils Band, Ted Nugent. Very little security, dozens of nude chicks, two different couples "coupling" on the ground in front of me. Hot, sunny day but with a freak, quick thunderstorm during J. Geils. Overall, a crazy day.
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Originally posted by ChiTownAbs


Where was it? I've seen them once at Metro (capicity: 1,100, but I'm sure there were like 1,300 in there that night). I've also seen them at another venue in Chicago (Aragon) but it's a TERRIBLE venue to see any musical act.

Oh yeah, I also saw them in Munich, Germany. It was VERY wierd. Here you are ... about 2,000 miles away from home, and you're longing for anything that reminds you of home (not that I was homesick or anything) and you hear Billy Corgans voice.

Heh ... I did punch my fist in the air when he sang "And the Embers never fade for the city by the lake" ... the people around me thought I was a nutcase.
Both times I saw them was in Columbus, OH. I did also see them on the same tour in Dayton, OH at Hara Arena, but it wasn't the same.
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Originally posted by ChiTownAbs
Is Poi Dog Pondering any good? They're playing a benefit show at Joe's Sports Bar tomorrow night.
Lets just say they are different and an aquired taste. Definitely worth checking out if you have an open mind about music you may come out liking them like I did.
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1. Nirvana on their last tour. I believe that Mudhoney and someone else (Supersuckers?) opened.

2. The Jesus Lizard. Easily one of the most extreme mosh pits I've ever been in.

3. Fugazi. Always a good show at a very good price.

4. Primus - They played for nearly 2 1/2 hours. When they'd practically played all their songs, they started doing Metallica and Black Sabbath covers.

5. Rage Against The Machine

Beck was a fairly fun show, as well.
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1987 Monsters Of Rock:

Kingdom Come
Dokken
Metallica
Scorpions
Van Halen

It was a stadium show in July. It was over 150 degrees on the field. Security was using fire hoses to try to keep people cool. You were ankle deep in water, piss, beer, and who knows what else. People were passing out left and right, chicks were completely topless, it was mayhem...I loved it!!
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Godsmack 1999 at a downtown hollywood club. (Amazing Energy)

Slayer 1999 Ozzfest (jesus they have some scary fans)

System of a Down (Best Buy Parking Lot - Awesome & Funny to see the old folks faces as they pass by this concert going into the store)

System of a Down at a downtown hollywood club. (Singer could not perform due to illness, so the band performed with people from the audience as singers - THEY SUCKED) people just started to get really aggitated and angry and started violent moshing.

and of course Tool....

Tool & Rage at Coachella (The best concert I will have every attended, I was like 10 feet away from the band)
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sKINNY pUPPY in NYC for the TORMENTOR tour ...I'm pretty sure they were showing some real snuff films on the side stage monitors.....

plus it's always interesting when OGRE starts pulling out his own intestines (mock, but very looks real ) and the splatter starts going all over the stage.

I'm sure every one of those knobs in SLIPKNOT grew up listening to SP, the real dea

dig it
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Originally posted by J.F.SEBASTION
sKINNY pUPPY in NYC for the TORMENTOR tour ...I'm pretty sure they were showing some real snuff films on the side stage monitors.....

plus it's always interesting when OGRE starts pulling out his own intestines (mock, but very looks real ) and the splatter starts going all over the stage.

I'm sure every one of those knobs in SLIPKNOT grew up listening to SP, the real dea

dig it
I saw sKINNY pUPPY on one of their last tours here and it was quite a gore fest. Ogre had this clothesline like thing that spun around with severed heads on it. Like a live action horror movie. Great show.
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By "wildest" do you mean the most violent?

Because I'd definitely have to put in a mention of the Jim Rose Freak Show/Marilyn Manson (with his first real national exposure)/NIN show I saw at the old Boston Garden before they reduced that venue to rubble.

By a complete fluke accident with Ticketmaster I had 7th row seats. I'd never been so close to see anybody. I could literally see the glass shards from the broken lightbulb slide down the throat of the Enigma. The floor of the venue had screwed down temporary seats covering the area where a typical moshpit would have spiraled in front of the stage. The seats were meant for grade school children - old, wooden, rickety and barely large enough to fit one of a grown man's asscheeks.

Two or three songs into NIN's headlining set, Trent through a complete hissy fit, screaming and yelling about how they should have never played the venue because "the kids can't f**king dance." He trashed his synth, kicked over one of the drum kits and went to the back of the stage to pout. The band tried to soldier on for a bit - whipping up the sturm-und-drang white noise as best they could, but eventually one by one they cut off the jam, leaving little more than feedback coursing through the speakers.

And then all hell broke out.

The venue went bugf**k bonkers. Every seat in the house was ripped from its moorings and piled in huge bonfire like piles to the right and left of the stage. Guys were leaping off the balconies onto the crowd below. Teenagers were stomping the chairs to splinters all around me. And the moshpit that grew in the space where the seats had been was faster, more furious and bloodier than any I'd seen in the past. Unbelievably savage.

Police in riot gear were eventually brought in, forming a line down the middle of the venue. If you fell (or were pushed) into the line of police, you were forcibly escorted out of the building. I don't think I even stayed more than a few bars into Trent's return to the stage. We were escorted out for hanging too close to the police line.

Definitely a memorable concert - if only for seeing first-hand the "mob" mentality up close and frighteningly personal.
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I thought I was going to lose a limb at Soul Asylum concert up in Baltimore at the now closed Hammerjack. from the front of the stage to nearly three ways back whenever the crowd swayed, everyone moved, at times. It was kindof scary in that you thought you were going to get squashed to death. The moshpit at a Rancid show I saw also kind of got violent.
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Well, I work somewhere that gets alot of concerts, so I've seen many, but one of the crazyest was when Gwen Stefani Stopped after a song and said "Do you remember the good old days, when everyone in the Mosh pit used to kick the **** out of each other" It was insane. I know that as soon as the band stopped playing they hightailed it to their van and drove off, cause you know that the cops would have arrested them.........
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Originally posted by grunter
By "wildest" do you mean the most violent?

Because I'd definitely have to put in a mention of the Jim Rose Freak Show/Marilyn Manson (with his first real national exposure)/NIN show I saw at the old Boston Garden before they reduced that venue to rubble.

By a complete fluke accident with Ticketmaster I had 7th row seats. I'd never been so close to see anybody. I could literally see the glass shards from the broken lightbulb slide down the throat of the Enigma. The floor of the venue had screwed down temporary seats covering the area where a typical moshpit would have spiraled in front of the stage. The seats were meant for grade school children - old, wooden, rickety and barely large enough to fit one of a grown man's asscheeks.

Two or three songs into NIN's headlining set, Trent through a complete hissy fit, screaming and yelling about how they should have never played the venue because "the kids can't f**king dance." He trashed his synth, kicked over one of the drum kits and went to the back of the stage to pout. The band tried to soldier on for a bit - whipping up the sturm-und-drang white noise as best they could, but eventually one by one they cut off the jam, leaving little more than feedback coursing through the speakers.

And then all hell broke out.

The venue went bugf**k bonkers. Every seat in the house was ripped from its moorings and piled in huge bonfire like piles to the right and left of the stage. Guys were leaping off the balconies onto the crowd below. Teenagers were stomping the chairs to splinters all around me. And the moshpit that grew in the space where the seats had been was faster, more furious and bloodier than any I'd seen in the past. Unbelievably savage.

Police in riot gear were eventually brought in, forming a line down the middle of the venue. If you fell (or were pushed) into the line of police, you were forcibly escorted out of the building. I don't think I even stayed more than a few bars into Trent's return to the stage. We were escorted out for hanging too close to the police line.

Definitely a memorable concert - if only for seeing first-hand the "mob" mentality up close and frighteningly personal.
Funny you should mention this grunter,
When NIN played here with Jim Rose on that tour the venue also put in these ancient wooden seats on the floor which as soon as the show started, everone pulled them up and luckily just passed them overhead to the sides of the floor so the show could continue, but that was very stupid on behalf of the organizer, it could have been riot evoking. Trent still managed to trash 2 keyboards, the drum kit and god knows what else by the end of the show. He didn't come out for an encore because his dog died after falling off a loading dock during the show.
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The White Zombie/Pantera Tour of 94 or 95 (i can't remember which).... I've been to hundreds of concerts big and small and I have never seen a line over 100 people long waiting for the paramedic. This particular date was the show in Dallas at the Coca Cola Starplex
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Dayglow Abortions.

As for GG, I never had the chance to see him, but did see the show GG Allin, Hated In the Nation. I don't think I would have seen his live show, as I don't like blood and feces smeared on me. Very bizarre, but interesting and sick individual.
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I don't think I even stayed more than a few bars into Trent's return to the stage. We were escorted out for hanging too close to the police line.
That's too bad, because that was one of the best concerts I've ever been to.

I happened to be on the floor too, halfway back. What I remember was that the rows of wooden seats were secured to the floor with metal bars and bolts. After the seats were torn out, I began making my way to the front of the mosh pit, and passed a couple places where the bolts were left in the floor, along with twisted, jagged metal remains. I remember thinking that that was a bad place to be if you fell or were pushed. After the show, in the hallways of the Garden, there were piles of broken wooden chairs.

A month later, at the Worcester Centrum, during the encore, Trent thanked us for what we had done earlier at the Garden, right before he brought out Adam Ant as a special guest to perform three numbers. Coolness.

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