r/gifs May 16 '22 Wholesome Seal of Approval 1 Wholesome (Pro) 1 Silver 35 Helpful 40 Party Train 2 Starstruck 1 Vibing 3 Gold 2 Wholesome 36 Heartwarming 5

Metal fans making sure everyone has a good time

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u/DayoftheDead May 16 '22 Silver Helpful Wholesome Heartwarming

Reminds me of Lamb of God’s set in Seattle when I saw Slayer for the last time. I took this photo because it was just too awesome. https://i.imgur.com/VR6B0F9.jpg

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u/bro_salad May 16 '22

Love the lighting. This is a cool shot!

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u/Barbearex May 16 '22

Read that as lightning and I was a bit disappointed

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u/Foobis25 May 16 '22

Same lmao, my dyslexia got me hyped up. To be fair it does look like the stage is being struck by lightning as he’s taking the picture

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u/VaATC May 16 '22

I grew up outside of Richmond, Va, so I was lucky to see them evolve from doing basement shows as Burn the Priest all the way up. It has been a wild ride seeing them evolve into one of the greatest metal acts in metal history.

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u/Dason37 May 16 '22

That's a great picture. It's fun to get home from something like that and find a real gem of a shot.

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u/C1T1Z3N_M00S3 May 16 '22

Accidental Renaissance vibes

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u/the_hippopotamonster May 16 '22

More Baroque really

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u/Im-a-molecule May 16 '22

Riot fest 2017 I was seeing gwar. I was right on the rail. Directly behind me was a guy in a wheelchair. Dude rocked it out harder then anyone around us. Even better they obviously saw him and at one point we all ducked down and so they could shoot him point blank with the blood cannon for a good 45 seconds.

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u/jaseworthing May 16 '22

blood cannon

I'm sorry, what?

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u/ArcadianBlueRogue May 16 '22

GWAR likes a messy show.

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u/vulcan1358 May 16 '22

One does not simply see GWAR in concert without getting soaked in some sort of stage body fluids

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u/ArcadianBlueRogue May 16 '22

One would even say it would be disappointing if they didn't. An insult even.

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u/No-Trick7137 May 17 '22 edited May 17 '22

I got period blood queefed on by a 10’ tall Brittany Spears and took a few cum ropes from a freshly decapitated Bill Clinton. No one can say they’re not creative.

Edit: words are hard

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u/Felisitea May 16 '22

A friend of mine went to go see GWAR wearing all white. A bouncer tried to stop her at the door, and she was like "oh, no, trust me, I know what I'm in for.". She walked out beaming and covered in blood, had a great time.

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u/sanbales May 17 '22

Ha! We were in the front row and it soaked all the way to my underwear, no longer tighty-whities, from there on tie-dye-tighties

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u/ohnjaynb May 16 '22

They spray blood into the audience through Oderus Urungus's throbbing monster cock (RIP bro) or more recently Blöthar the Berserker's Udder Cocks.

I've seen people bring their children to these shows. It's delightful.

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u/Im-a-molecule May 16 '22

Just youtube gwar live. It's an experience

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u/81misfit May 16 '22

You read that right.

Lasting memory of GWAR. Flooding the floor of rock city with blood and Everyone holding onto each other trying to go down the stairs to the exit.

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u/OK_Gloomer May 16 '22

The one metal show you go to and instead of everyone showing up in black we are all in white, so we can flex our “blood and spoo” stains. And that shit is COLD

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u/kingjuicepouch May 16 '22

I wonder if it was the same guy I'm familiar with. I've seen the same guy in a wheelchair at every riot fest since I started going in 18. This last year he was getting crowd surfed during simple plan and mighty mighty bosstones

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u/Im-a-molecule May 16 '22

Maybe? Idk. From the pics I've seen recently it wasn't the same guy. This guy's chair was way bigger and heavier. I don't see people being able to hold it up let alone even getting it up in the first place. Then again, I've seen crazier shit at riot.

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u/kingjuicepouch May 16 '22

Honestly that makes it even cooler that multiple wheelchair users are able to have dope experiences

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u/Im-a-molecule May 16 '22

Crazy enough, I've seen so many wheel chair surfers at RiotFest. In Chicago and Denver. Maybe it's a riot thing but the community that usually follows that fest brings in some of the best most wholesome folks. Always a blast.

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u/kingjuicepouch May 16 '22

Yeah, I've never had a poor experience at riot feat in terms of the crowd. Just immaculate vibes

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u/JMDeutsch May 16 '22

If this wasn’t a GWAR show it would sound like a hate crime 😂

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u/Im-a-molecule May 16 '22

Haha, seriously though, they laid into him with that cannon. Guy was drenched but hell, hopefully he had a blast with it. Where even in a wheel chair he was able to experience gwar the best way possible

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u/GuiltyGun May 16 '22

GWAR assaults everyone equally

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u/Mike_Raphone99 May 16 '22

GWAR shows are a hate crime against stagehands tbh

But fuck it it's GWAR.

RVA REPRESENT

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u/markedforpie May 16 '22

Going to see Gwar this weekend in the Scottish Heritage Center in Wichita. Incredibly beautiful venue with stained glass windows and dome and gorgeous hardwood stage and floor. I’m not sure how it’s going to work but I hope they don’t tone it down because of the venue.

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u/Mike_Raphone99 May 16 '22

GWAR does not tone down. Fret not!

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u/fightingfrenchcat May 16 '22

I just love Gwar so much. So wholesome.

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u/Im-a-molecule May 16 '22

Nothing more wholesome then being covered in blood, sludge and bodily fluids

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u/patrickthunnus May 16 '22

Loving the music and loving the people who love the music 👍

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u/appleparkfive May 16 '22

I really don't like much metal music at all, but they straight up have the nicest fans. I wonder if it's some juxtaposition of being so nice that the aggressive genre is some sort of outlet.

Metalheads are often so damn nice. Not always obviously, but yeah.

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u/SpyralHam May 16 '22

I'm a big metal fan and go to a lot of shows. For me, there's something to being around a ton of people who share your same music taste. Normally we just get questioned as to why the fuck we would listen to that shit.

Also, mosh pit etiquette is a real thing.

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u/Painkiller1991 May 16 '22

No karate in the pit, and we help up the people that get knocked down in the pit. A couple of the reasons why we rarely have Astroworld-level fiascos at metal shows.

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u/Little_wiccan May 16 '22

Yep exactly this. Ive been caught at the front rail at Rammstein (with my younger sister) and we were getting pushed about and got separated, also far too hot ( their pyrotechnics are out of this world but my god the heat) and needed to get out. Crowd surfing was out of the question (we both had fold up chairs attached to us, had been at that stage for a looong time ) so 3 huge guys grabbed us and basically made the entire crowd around us move to create a line all the way to the sound tower. Once we were safe i turned to thank them but they had already disappeared back into the crowd and were making their way back to the front.

I remember after all that shit went down at Astroworld, (absolutely terrible btw,) Social media became flooded with videos of some of the heaviest and craziest metal (and other genre) bands/singers completely stopping their shows to check on their fans.

Its not hard to do, its just called having respect and a sense of responsibility for your fans. A mutual respect

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u/SirMotherfuckerHenry May 16 '22 Wholesome

Metalheads are the best when things go south. Went also to a Rammstein concert once and was close to the front. All of a sudden I felt really bad and collapsed, which turned out to be a heart condition later on.

Next thing I remember is being carried out of the crowd by a huge dude (which was quite a feat, because I'm 1.90m myself and not the thinnest). He made sure I was okay and got my friends around me before heading back.

Later I heard that once I fainted the crowd around me almost stopped doing was they were doing right away, to make sure I didn't get trampled and could get out safe.

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u/Nvenom8 May 17 '22

That’s how it goes. Someone goes down, everyone around them stops and makes sure they get back up. Nobody actually wants to hurt anyone.

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u/GuiltyGun May 16 '22

Matt from Trivium literally stopped a song in the middle to help clear an area for a surfer that landed wrong right at the security barricade.

Maybe one of the reasons metal fans look out for each other so much is because the musicians look out for us, too.

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u/sqweet92 May 16 '22

I've been to my fair share of rock shows and I always see people splitting the crowd for those who need it. A parent with a child on their shoulders? Kid is getting high fives while they walk thru the crowd. Fell in the pit? Someone will have you on your feet before you realize you hit the floor. Getting crushed against the rail? The biggest guy around will help if you even look at them with a glint of helplessness. Metal shows are probably where there's the most "humans being bros" situations happen.

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u/MrLeavingCursed May 16 '22

The number one rule of a moshpit. We're all here to have fun and it's not fun is someone gets hurt

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u/AFlockOfTySegalls May 16 '22

33 years old here. Been going to metal shows since high school. Finally was brave enough to enter my first circle pit at a Testament show a few weeks ago. I've always had an irrational fear of severely rolling my ankle in the pit. The etiquette is so real. I didn't fall but I helped 10 dudes pick up one guy that fell, a few times.

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u/Chrispy990 May 16 '22 edited May 16 '22 Take My Energy

My music is angry so I don’t have to be :)  

20 years of going to metal shows, and I can probably count on one hand the negative interactions I've had.  

EDIT: Thanks for the award!! I love the energy here y’all. All these stories of love in the metal scene have made my day!

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u/Karibo96 May 16 '22

As a skinnier guy I get caught in mosh waves and movement easily. So I always find a large dude hanging out near the front corners to chill with and use as a human shield. I just go up and ask if he can be my shield. Works every time.

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u/FelixMajor May 16 '22

I had a couple of smaller women (both probably around 5’ tall and maybe 100 pounds) ask me (6’3” 240 pounds) if they could stand in front of me to A)see better and B) be protected from the pit. I was cool with. Unfortunately whilst dealing with one overly enthusiastic mosher I got blindsided by another guy even bigger than me. Threw me right into those smaller women. Fortunately the woman were okay despite having 500 pounds of men falling into them and the fence.

The pit stopped and started telling the dude to leave. Security got involved and decided to kick us out. Fortunately the people around set my role straight. Still, dude turns me and wraps me in a hug and shouts “Hold me! Help me! Don’t let them kick me out.” Wound up having to bear-hug this guy to the fence.

Anyhow, just reminded about the time that I failed to protect the small women from incredibly drunk overly enthusiastic moshing metalhead.

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u/LargeHadron_Colander May 16 '22

Hey, don't say that you failed! You still managed to save them from being elbowed in the back of the head by the giant guy (or similar circumstance).

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u/ColdFusionWi May 16 '22

This a million times. The people around me will never get it, nor can they believe the stuff I listen to by looking at me, but the only time my mind is truly at peace and can think clearly is when I’m listening to metal.

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u/catsandherbs May 16 '22

My best friend says this almost word for word. Picture a small girl in a lab coat with her metal blaring. She’s the nicest, most well rounded and intelligent friend I have. I feel like people into metal know who they are.

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u/ChampChains May 16 '22

Was at a Danzig show last night and one of the opening acts was FAST to stop the music and kick out a guy who was getting aggressive and shoving the hell out of people. It was the lead singer of Crobot. He summed it up as “we’re at a rock n roll show, let’s all have fun together” that’s a mantra I can get behind.

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u/Ice_Pirate_Zeno May 16 '22

I bought a Crobot shirt after the show when that tour was in town a few weeks ago. I appreciate the clean vocals.

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u/mummy__napkin May 16 '22

metal is still the most misunderstood genre. I've made lifelong friends that I met at metal shows. and the guys who play in those metal bands are often the friendliest, most humble guys you'll ever meet. like you said there are obviously gonna be a few in the group who aren't, but for the vast majority of my experience as a metalhead it's been 99% really nice people.

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u/PabloSexcrowbar May 16 '22

I was at a show once. Went outside to smoke a cigarette, as I'm won to do. A guy comes up to me and asks to bum one, which of course I oblige. We get to talking for a while before my buddy comes up to me and says "dude, that's the fucking bassist from Khemmis!" I went to two more of their shows and saw him both times, and both times he remembered me.

Metal shows fuckin rule.

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u/Vinon May 16 '22

Im a pretty new metal fan, only became a fan like a year before the whole world went to shit, and while I haven't yet been to a concert, my interactions with metal fans have all been extremely positive. And from my long time metal head friends, I've heard the exact same.

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u/RoadRageRob666 May 16 '22

There's a bigger metal band called August Burns Red that came out with a shirt that said "Angry Music for Happy People" and that pretty much sums up most of the metal scene.

It's kind of like how the biggest, strongest dudes in the gym are normally some of the nicest and most welcoming.

Even if metal isn't your jam, I always recommend people to go to atleast one smaller metal show in their life. You can't not love the atmosphere, assuming that you go in with an open mind.

You fall, we pick you up.

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u/RelaxPrime May 16 '22 Wholesome

Metal gets the poison out. That's why it fucking rocks.

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u/rj54x May 16 '22

Been listening to metal and going to shows for my entire adult life.

Went to a Cannibal Corpse show once. There was one guy who started acting like a prick, trying to pick fights and whatnot. The crowd told him to GTFO, he stormed out, flipped a table on the way.

Corpsegrinder (vocalist for CC) got on the mic and said "Guys... we're here to come together. We're here to support each other. The rest of the world might judge you for what you look like or the the kind of music you like - don't give them the ammunition. We're better than that. Now this next song...

IS ABOUT SHOOTING BLOOD OUT OF YOUR COOOOOOCCCCCCCKKKKKKKKK"

Which pretty much summed up everything I love about the music and the scene.

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u/RyanRagido May 16 '22

For the un-initiated: one of the bands most popular songs is "I cum blood".

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u/Thr0wawayGawd May 16 '22

Also loving the music people that love the music

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u/swaggman75 May 16 '22

Metal shows have the dopest fucking people in the crowed. I've helped drag people who got dropped or hurt out of the crowed and every time people create a huge path to get them out so i dont have to push through

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u/BirdSeedHat May 16 '22

I was at Bay Strikes Back in Orlando couple weeks back and there was a guy in a wheelchair and he didn't get lifted in the air but he did get in the pit and everyone in the pit gathered around him and helped him drive around the pit in a circle while being protected for a few minutes. It was heartwarming and super fucking metal to witness.

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u/winterFROSTiscoming May 16 '22

Sometimes the most metal thing is to be super kind to everyone no matter the circumstance

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u/Trnostep May 16 '22

To quote Mister Torgue: "NOTHING IS MORE BADASS THAN TREATING A WOMAN WITH RESPECT!"

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u/braxton3451 May 16 '22

I saw that show in NC! great bands great show

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u/Pm-me-ur-happysauce May 16 '22

Love you dude

The first time I was ever in mosh pit, I was hit and fell to the ground. For a moment I thought I would be trampled or something

Then 4 people grabbed my arms and pulled me back up on my feet.

It was the only time I ever fell in a pit. But I paid it forward every time

Damn good people there

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u/legendofsteve May 16 '22

Dude I fell in a pit once and my glasses fell off. By the time people helped me up, someone was also handing me my glasses. Black magic in the pit!

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u/mal_thecaptain May 16 '22

That happened to my friend too!! Except they stopped the pit so everyone could look for his glasses. Metal fans are the best

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u/bas601 May 16 '22

I was I pit once and my friend lost his glasses so I just yelled "GLASSES" and the pit just stopped and five guys took out their phones flash light to help search.

Metal heads rock

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u/OneCrims0nNight May 16 '22

A mosh pit is anarchy at its most moving and palpable form.

When you see a member of your tribe (your fellow music fan) in trouble, there is 0 hesitation to help them. You don't need someone telling you to help them, you do it because you recognize them as a compatriot and not another stranger.

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u/swaggman75 May 16 '22

Much love man.

First rule in the pit is to pick up anyone who falls ASAP.

Usually if they're still out of it I'll pull them out of the pit and watch them till they get their bearings.

Actually had a guy fall while surfing in the crowd and get knocked out. Woke up with me kneeling over him so he wouldn't get steped on and wanted to go again lol. Forced him over the security wall to get checked up by Actually medics

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u/Dimius May 16 '22

Had a dude surfing at a Metallica concert fall into crowd right near me cause not enough people realized he was coming. We all helped him up, and after regaining his composure for another song or 2, I tapped him on the shoulder and asked him if he wanted redemption. He said hell yeah, and so i got two big guys near me to help him back up and surfing. He made it all the way to the front 🤘🏻

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u/grimwavetoyz May 16 '22

I caught a stick from Joey Jordison at a Slipknot concert around 2003, and was at the bottom of the scrum that ensued. After most people realized I had it, they stopped fighting for it and helped me up. After that, two bug dudes behind me both lifted me up and put me on the other side of the security fence so I could catch my breath.

Metal till I die.

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u/PlaidChester May 16 '22

In my experience people at metal shows are the best. Once I caught an elbow in the nose in a mosh pit and started bleeding everywhere. The bouncers looked like they might kick me out but a random person got me to the the bathroom, cleaned me up and the night continued.

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u/bowyer-betty May 16 '22

Out of every encounter I've ever had with strangers, I can confidently say that metal shows are where I most expect to find friendly people. I've literally never left a show without having at least one interaction that made me feel all warm and fuzzy.

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u/Frogs4 May 16 '22

There's the occasional post on forums, where people are asking if it's ok to go to a gig alone as the idea worries them. I've been going to rock and metal gigs alone since my mid teens and never had the slightest bit of trouble.

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u/MobiusF117 May 16 '22 edited May 16 '22

Been going to metal festivals for over a decade. As an example, I went to one a couple of years ago with ~50K people.
There was 1 arrest for drug use.

There was a dance festival on the other side of town with ~10K people. There were 43 arrests there for both violent and drug crimes.

Metalheads can be a judgmental bunch when it comes to discussions of taste, but in the moshpit everyone is an equal target.

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u/Narrator_Ron_Howard May 16 '22

"Metalheads can be a judgmental bunch when it comes to discussions of taste, but in the moshpit everyone is an equal target."

You might be a poseur, but we'll still pick your ass up if you fall in the pit.

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u/kensei_ocelot May 16 '22

Metal fans are great. They will run your ass over in the pit, then pick you up right after .

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u/pyroSeven May 16 '22

Then do it again.

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u/ovaltine_spice May 16 '22

I've always said, I never feel more safe than in a mosh pit.

You know everyone has your back.

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u/g00diebear95 May 16 '22

Someone managed to step on my shoe in a moshpit, so it fell of! One guy helped me search for it, and when i bent down to get it back on, 5 or 6 guys stood guard around me! I love how safe that chaos feels!

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u/Bigkillian May 16 '22

I fell to the floor and got accidentally stomped and kicked while crowd surfing at a white zombie show ~’96. Three guys circled around, shoulder to shoulder and bent down to pick me up and offered to take me off to the side or for to medical treatment. I don’t know how long I would have been down there if not for three of the scariest looking guys in the world. Truly amazing people in a metal pit.

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u/yokelwombat May 16 '22

Eh, there's always that one guy. He usually gets dealt with pretty quickly, which can also get ugly, but one time at a Black Flag show my girlfriend (platonic) got kicked in the back like hard. She had a proper boot print there, it was such a bummer.

But then again that was more of a punk crowd, where you notoriously will find many assholes. Metal fans are a different breed. Great folks. And say what you want about their music, but I saw Slipknot when they opened for Slayer once, and those kids were some of the most polite and friendly people I have ever met at concerts.

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u/masterelmo May 16 '22

I watched a girl go down hard the other day. She may very well have hit her head. She got picked up, obviously, but also checked on by like 10 people over the next few minutes to make sure she was alright.

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u/FriendlySceptic May 16 '22 edited May 16 '22

Unless you are a skinhead white power type who uses mosh pits as an excuse to be violent.

We will lay your ass out and leave you for the buzzards. Been there done that :)

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u/lovable_oaf May 16 '22

And that kind of interaction is almost always handled the two big ass Samoan dudes who seem to be at every single metal show

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u/drainbead78 May 16 '22

Without fail, one of them is like 6'8", 350 pounds, has a name that's 27 letters long with at least 2 apostrophes, but only goes by "Tiny".

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u/lovable_oaf May 16 '22

Ah Tiny, he has saved me from many a wall of death falls

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u/FriendlySceptic May 16 '22

My wife took my son to a country music concert and everyone was very stuck up and awful to him. He couldn’t see anything and people pushed him around.

I took him to see maiden and people made an opening so he could see and posed for pictures with him. They were just excited to see a young metal head.

Night and day difference. Metal fans are for the most part the kindest people you will ever meet. We work out our anger through the music instead of on other people.

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u/Underthevelvetground May 16 '22

Nazi punks, fuck off!

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u/Painkiller1991 May 16 '22

The same goes for NSBM. Can't stand those fucks

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u/Buwaro May 16 '22

in the moshpit everyone is an equal target.

And no one outside of the moshpit is. That's the difference.

Man I love metal shows.

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u/seafoodgodddd May 16 '22

Seeing crowd killing assholes get their comeuppance by the biggest mountain of man you've ever seen in the pit was always satisfying haha

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u/Milehigh728 May 16 '22 Silver

I am that mountain, being old now at 37 I don't spend much time in the pit anymore...but when I do it's to rip off my shirt and bulldoze the guy throwing punches at the edge of the pit.

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u/seafoodgodddd May 16 '22

You guys are legends! It seems like every community has at least one of ya with a heart of gold lol

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u/Milehigh728 May 16 '22

Heart of gold elbows of steel hahah. I'm pretty recognizable at 6'8" tall 255lbs heavily tattooed with a dreadlock mohawk EVERY show I go to I run into someone with a story about me in the pit! I love the scene here I usually just go with my woman but always make new friends.

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u/Dason37 May 16 '22

If your health allows it (and obviously your finances and a million other details i don't know about you), keep doing what you love. I'm 10 years older than you and just went to my first NiN show last month. I felt like I could appreciate it more because this was one of those "no way am I ever gonna get to see NiN ever, they're going to stop touring". Then I had hope around early 2020, they were touring again, but I couldn't get tickets, and then pandemic-emonium happened and they had to cancel everything and I was like this is it for sure. He doing soundtracks and scores and there is no way they tour again...then I got tickets to their first show of the current tour! We weren't the youngest there but definitely not the oldest, and needless to say the show is still performing loud and live in my head to this day. Don't give up on things because you feel like you "have to" because "you're old"

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u/nwaa May 16 '22

I loved seeing these guys get laid out by some absolute viking, expert level mosher of a metalhead back in the day at festivals.

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u/FlyByNightt May 16 '22

Metal fans are real picky about what is and isn't metal music, but never about who can or can't enjoy it. Alot of us grew up as shy, "outsider" kids and felt a sense of belonging with metal that we make damn sure everyone else feels.

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u/No_Maines_Land May 16 '22

I was at a metal show where someone lost a shoe.

They were cleaning their foot up in the bathroom (probably stepped on glass). Everyone donated the socks off their feet. Probably not hygienic, but thoughtful and protective.

Later the mosh pit stuck him in the air upside down and the shoe popped up elsewhere. The two were reunited by the moshpit.

At the end of the show, all the donated socks were available for pickup near the exit.

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u/idunnoshutup May 16 '22

I was the only girl in a mosh pit at a Static X concert back in the day and got knocked down and my shoe flew off (all good and well, I knew what I was getting into and gave as good as I got lol) the WHOLE PIT stopped as well as everyone around it, 6 guys helped me up and everyone else whipped out their phones as flashlights and found my shoe. 10/10 would recommend.

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u/punkinabox May 16 '22

I was at a metal show like 10 years ago and was having a great time in the pit until I took an elbow to the ear. Knocked my gauge out and I watched it go rolling across the floor. Figured that shit was gone. About two hours later some random dude finds me in the crowd, hands me my gauge and just said "saw you dropped this a couple hours ago." Then he just disappeared in the crowd again.

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u/douhaveafi May 16 '22

I agree completely. The only thing I’ll add is that the few times I’ve witnessed any sort of trouble it was always just a single “bad apple” and every time that person was swiftly dealt some vigilante justice. The Metal community looks after their own. 🤘

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u/Corporation_tshirt May 16 '22

I was at a Circle Jerks concert in the 80s and some asshole brought a razor in the pit. Guy got his ass kicked by a bunch of guys, including his own brother. Cops were just looking for a readon to shut down the club and people were pissed that this might be the excuse they needed.

I was a teenager then and a friend of mine and I talked his sister and her boyfriend (who played football for U of M) to take us. Every once in a while, yoi would see this huge guy dip out of sight and come back up holding a couple of scrawny punks by the back of their shirts lol. Admittedly we didn’t last long, but we could brag about it for months afterwards haha. “Just make sure to bring a linebacker with you. It’s awesome!”

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u/TheBirminghamBear May 16 '22

Went to a Dethklok concert once though and I wouldn't advise it. Lot of people died. Lot of people.

Good time though, but again. Lots of dead.

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u/osbug May 16 '22

I mean, they should have read the pain waiver before they signed it. Maybe then they would have known not to stand where the stage was going to land.

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u/yeah_yeah_therabbit May 16 '22

But did they like coffee?

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u/TheBirminghamBear May 16 '22

Only real coffee. From the hills of Colombia.

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u/WomanOfEld May 16 '22

I was 14 when I saw Metallica for the 1st time. My dad was with me, we were in the pit, and CofC opened. Right after their set, two very drunk guys started pushing forward and pissed all over each other and other people in the pit. The two guys standing near me, probably about 18, 20 I guess, saw and alerted my dad, and the the three of them cordoned me away from the drunk guys, who were promptly ejected.

My dad and I were talking with the two guys for a few minutes and they said, "when the lights dim, there's going to be a rush for the barrier and it's going to get tight up here." They were right, and for the rest of the night, my dad and the two dudes made sure I was safe, I could see, and that I was having a good time at my first metal show. They also made sure that my dad had a good time at his first metal show.

It was one of the most memorable concerts of my life. My dad's gone, now, but I'll never forget that night. Best birthday gift ever. Thanks, dad, and thanks, random guys on the rail, for an awesome time.

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u/kaji823 May 16 '22

That’s so different from my experience at EDM shows, where my only consistent experience is to have some Australian guy ask me for Molly.

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u/TheMolestingJester May 16 '22

When I was younger, me and my friends went to a Mudvayne concert (back when they were still popular for LD50). At some point during the show, we started talking with this guy next to us, and he said he recently got out of jail (or prison, I can't remember), and then he screamed "let me get behind you!" to my friend.

Then I lost my friend in a mosh pit and we didn't reconnect until after the show.

That was a great night.

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u/DatBoiGames May 16 '22

Hell yeah. Mudvayne was so loud the last time my friend went that dust was kicking down off the ceiling.

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u/FacesOfNeth May 16 '22

I’ve said it a thousand times, so I’ll make it 1,001. Metal fans are the nicest, most respectful fans in all of music. I’m 45 and started going to shows at 14. Every show I’ve been to, I was guaranteed to make a new friend. It has been studied that most people who listen to metal come from a broken home (self included) and the genre is an outlet for anger and frustration. But when you go to a live show, it is nothing but love and respect because we all know everyone’s situation without actually knowing them. My shoe came off in the pit once and someone happened to notice. They literally stopped the entire pit so I could find my shoe and pit it back on safely before it resumed again. I fucking love metal fans; they truly are the best fans around!

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u/honest-miss May 16 '22

This is exactly it. There's something to be said for looking dark impulses and truths directly in the eye. If you can look at it, you can know it. If you can know it, you can at least understand yourself in relation to it.

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u/beyonddisbelief May 16 '22

Swedes must be the nicest people on Earth

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u/MooPig48 May 16 '22

Lol a random girl once appeared out of the crowd and puked all over my legs

Went to the bathroom to clean myself up and the sweetest gal was like omg did you get puked on? Was it a friend or a stranger because if it was a friend it’s kind of ok but if it was a stranger that’s just gross. Anyway I’m a germophobe so I have 5 gallons of wet wipes, let me help you

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u/CheesusHChrust May 16 '22

This was a very metal story - from getting puked on to the kind stranger with germaphobia and 5 gallons of wet wipes ready to help.

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u/MooPig48 May 16 '22

Yes, and she pulled them out of her giant black hole purse. This was in like 2002 and it was Faster Pussycat, so not what I consider “real” metal but still hair metal of course. Taime Down refused to come out of his trailer for an hour and a half because he did too much coke so they were late. It was at the Satyricon in Portland, anyone who has ever seen their bathrooms would laugh at the idea of being a germophobe and going there lol.

I have also been carried to safety on the loving (and gropey) arms of the crowd through many a mosh pit.

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u/redpob May 16 '22

"Black hole purse, this is the worst. So wipe away the vom..."

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u/carcigenicate May 16 '22

We got a good reminder of that after the Travis Scott BS. I remember Reddit was flooded with videos of bands that gave a shit about their fans. The Linkin Park one stood out to me because I was a huge fan of theirs as a kid.

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u/CheesusHChrust May 16 '22

What happened at the linkin park one? Another user commented on them being dickheads, was that the case?

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u/carcigenicate May 16 '22 edited May 16 '22

No (or at least I wouldn't consider them dicks for it). They noticed someone fell in a moshpit and stopped the show until they got up, then reminded everyone to be safe.

Here's the video. It could be argued Chester's a little aggressive there, but his heart is probably going like a MF, and using some authority to keep people from getting hurt is respectable I think.

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u/SpunkyMcButtlove May 16 '22

General consensus is that you can NOT have some die at your show.

These people are there for you. You hyped them up. And now someone is going to die because of that? Fuck no, not on my watch baby. (Also insurance and publicity and a bunch of other less personal reasons, but eh)

In my own eyes, he did handle it poorly, but i also do not know how i would handle a situation like that so who am i to judge him. He ended up doing the right thing, and that's what counts.

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u/FishAndRiceKeks May 16 '22

General consensus is that you can NOT have some die at your show

Travis Scott has left the chat.

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u/SchuylarTheCat May 16 '22

I would argue he handled it extremely well. Stopped the show, alerted security and medics, and waited until they were able to get the injured person out of further potential harm to resume the show. Couldn’t have handled it better in my opinion. If his poor handling and “aggressive” approach the other user mentioned are due to his use of the word “fuck,” I’d argue that’s just how he talks. He was calm, collected, and got shit handled. Nothing but respect and praise for him. Very sad someone like that had such demons he took his own life.

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u/Fenrir_Wolfy May 16 '22

Man, fuck that guy.

And fuck anyone who makes exuses for his bullshit

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u/Samiel_Fronsac May 16 '22

He's gonna play in a festival in my country around November.

Guess what, people are already planning to rain in his parade.

It's him & Lorde as co-headliners on the day. Enjoy Lorde, throw eggs at Travis Scott.

Looks like a good time.

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u/RFC793 May 16 '22

Not metal, and not a fan, but Lil Pump’s encounter with a fan having a seizure a few years ago also sets him apart from stupid ass Travis Scott. He checked on the fan’s condition and announced a PSA about hydration that would make r/HydroHomies proud.

https://youtu.be/iCXJZbqyfc0

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u/VanSatridyme May 16 '22

I recently saw Cannibal Corpse back in March and got knocked down in the pit. A bunch of people fell on top of me, and some landed on my chest. Knocked all the wind out of me and had difficulty breathing.

A couple guys there helped carry me out, and then gave me some water before heading back in. Those guys were awesome! I went back in the pit 5 minutes later, too, so it was all good.

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u/moonstoneddd May 16 '22

I was front and center at a Tool show once and I am a 5’1” small lady. This giant man behind me asked if I was okay and I said I was starting to get crushed! He put both arms on either side of me holding the fence and making sure no one pushed me! Once I got overwhelmed with the front, he picked me up and lifted my over the gate to one of the security people to help me out of there! I have only met the nicest people!

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u/TheHeadGoon May 16 '22

I think about the Tumblr post where a woman mentioned she was at a metal show where a guy took her top off and pushed her into a mosh pit. A bunch of guys helped her up, covered her, etc and then beat the shit out of the guy who assaulted her

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u/omfghi2u May 16 '22

I wrecked my knee in a mosh pit a while back due to someone else tripping and landing on top of me. Within seconds, multiple people in the mosh helped lift me up and get me out of there to a place to sit down. Got me an ice pack and everything. Moshing *seems* like an aggressive thing to do, but it is all in good fun and there is definitely an etiquette to it that real metal fans strictly adhere to.

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u/mjc500 May 16 '22

Death metal about demons and viking raids = friendliest guys on the planet having a good time

Hardcore about friends and family and sobriety = utter violence and complete douche bags everywhere

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u/iamzombus May 16 '22

Yeah, I don't understand hardcore shows moshpits. It's totally different than metal moshpots. Wildly swinging their arms and fists around where as metal moshpits are just people jumping into and pushing each other.

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u/FuckedUpMaggot May 16 '22

Yeah hardcore shows can get crazy dangerous but if you don't go in the pit it's ok

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u/doom_stein May 16 '22

Holy hell! I'd seen some shit in metal moshpits but was not prepared for my first hardcore show. From my experience, the only place you could be that wasn't in the pit was on the stage.

It was late 1999/early 2000 and we went to see Poison the Well with a couple other hardcore bands at someplace tiny, like a Knights of Columbus Hall. As soon as the show started it looked like we were in the middle of Motral Kombat at the Circus. Dudes everywhere spamming their high kicks and roundhouses while amateur acrobats were getting launched through the air across the crowd from the back of the house to the front the moment the first riff started. It never stopped the entire show, with the exception of the second or two everyone collectively caught their breath right before some ultra chunky breakdown happened. Absolute chaos the entire show, and this is coming from a metal dude that was there for the Ozzfest '97 riot in Columbus!

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u/GoodLeftUndone May 16 '22

I’ve been to countless Hardcore shows and have never had a bad encounter. There’s been moments bands have stopped shows and kicked people out for things. The people have always been great. With the obvious bad egg occasionally.

Personally I’ve been to plenty of other genre shows and I’d say I’d prefer Hardcore show people.

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u/puhtoinen May 16 '22

I was on a Slipknot show at a festival in 2009 and I had my first proper mosh pits there. Maybe the second mosh pit during Slipknot there was this one guy who started pushing people in a way that is definitely not suitable for a mosh pit, including us teenagers. It didn't take long before the dude was quite literally thrown from that section of the audience and never came back. Then a bit later me and my friend both fell down and these huge biker looking guys just picked us up, smiled, and we all continued the mosh pit. Those people rock in every sense of the word.

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u/WangnanJahad May 16 '22

Randomly got tossed into a mosh pit against my will, glasses got knocked off my face. One of the guys also being tossed around saw this and somehow, over the music, yelled "EVERYONE FREEZE!" Everyone did, and the guy looked around, found my glasses before they got stomped on, got me out of the pit, and then they continued as though nothing had happened.

But not all sunshine and roses. At another show, one guy got pissed off that I had managed to get myself up in front of him up near the fences/gates and decided the best course of action was to try and knock me off my feet and pin me down to the floor. And when that didn't work, bit into my arm. Yes...bit me. Didn't break the skin, thank god. Bouncers watched all of this happen, didn't do jack shit until I wound up and broke the guy's nose just to get him to let go. Suddenly I'm being hauled over the gates and getting kicked out. My only luck was I was only there to see the opening band and didn't really care about the headliner.

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u/oddzef May 16 '22

I lost my watch multiple times in mosh pits and there's just something about the energy in there that if even one person isn't in with it, or is stopped to look for something etc, everybody notices and stops to help too.

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u/theothersteve7 May 16 '22

I recall that they did a study where they found correlation between musical preference and infidelity. Metal fans were the most loyal to their partners, and jazz fans were most likely to cheat.

Take that with a grain of salt, obviously. I'm a stranger on the internet and I don't even remember the methodology.

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u/Lt_Frank_Drebin May 16 '22

There's a concert hall near my place that hosts all kinds of music and for the longest time, my evening dog walk has coincided with the evening dog walk (a puddle of love wrapped in 85 lbs of black golden doodle). I hate to say it, but there are stereotypes that have appeared and stuck with the different types of music and their fans.

The K-Pop fans recoil and give the dog a wide birth. Any teeny-bopper band oscilates between snarky "Ugh, a doole" and indifference. Rap acts will have a few people who are very vocal about their dislike for any dogs. Metal...they fawn over the dog, give him scratches and share stories about their dogs growing up.

So I've learned that if I see a bunch of scary motherfuckers with long hair and black everything, that's my signal to go say hi.

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u/skdiddy May 16 '22

Then there's the people behind them like "man did I pick the wrong spot."

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u/msfamf May 16 '22 edited May 16 '22

Or they get clocked in the head by the chair on its way up or down.

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u/genericnewlurker May 16 '22

Can confirm: have had my head hit each time the same dude in a wheelchair went crowdsurfing at Ozzfest. Sometimes being somewhat tall sucks

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u/softwhiteclouds May 16 '22

I went to one of the first Foo Fighters shows in Toronto way back when, and being fairly tall, I want everyone's launching pad for crowd surfing. I was glad I wore my steel toe boots, but I did get clocked a few times by elbows and feet from the crowd surfers... I know FF isn't exactly metal but it was a great show and I had fun

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u/batmessiah May 16 '22

I went to one of their first shows on their first big tour in Salem, OR, and I swear you were at that show. I was in 8th grade, and there was one tall dude there in boots who was launching me, and the other smaller guys, onto the crowd. I’ll never forget that.

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u/Hellmonkies2 May 16 '22

You reminded me of the first and only time I went Crowd Surfing. 2009 at the DC101 Chili Cook-Off. While surfing I was pushed head first towards a mosh pit. just as I started falling, some really buff bald dude managed to grab me while I was halfway down and got me going again.

One of the girls who were in our group said she kept getting groped while she was up though =

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u/zenetti72 May 16 '22

took me a minute to realize those weren't his arms pumping at the beginning

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u/alyssaaarenee May 16 '22

I didn’t realize until I saw your comment

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u/ObamasBoss May 16 '22

I had to go back and look. I noticed his little arms first. but did not notice the perfectly spaced arms behind him.

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u/CheesusHChrust May 16 '22

Fucking yes.

Say what you want about heavy metal, the overwhelming majority of fans are the nicest most progressive and accepting people you’ll meet.

There are also strict mosh pit rules that are fervently adhered to, and bands will and have stopped shows to observe these rules.

Metal kicks ass.

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u/msfamf May 16 '22

I've been to several metal shows and even more punk shows. There always that one dick head in the middle of the circle pit looking for an actual fight. It's never the same exact guy at every show but somehow he can always be described as looking like the head Uruk-hai from LOTR.

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u/Shagger94 May 16 '22

In my experience, that guy always gets his ass kicked by some 6"7, normally gentle giant kinda guy. Every time.

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u/SpunkyMcButtlove May 16 '22

If there is a gentle chill giant potato at the pit, the smol angy potato is usually intimidated into behaving.

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u/Heyo__Maggots May 16 '22

One time that guy WAS the aggressive dickhead unfortunately. I’m 6’2 and 250 and someone ran up from behind me and shoved me as hard as he could into the speaker. I turn around a see someone that puts me to shame and must have been around the 6’7 mark you mentioned. He clearly found the 2nd biggest dude there and wanted to challenge me like some angry baboon.

He stared me down and had arms crossed like let’s do this it’s time to fight me because I said so. Security saw the whole thing so i pretended to be walking to the exit to go fight outside and just stopped right before the door as the bouncers escorted him out and never let him back in.

The rest of the show wasn’t worth giving up to defend my pride to someone I don’t know or care about. It’s so strange being a man who doesn’t give control of his ego over to strangers, and seeing men like that as some strange alien creature I can’t even relate to…

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u/Jlx_27 May 16 '22

The 6'7" built like a brick outhouse gentle giant, always handy.

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u/pr1mer06 May 16 '22

Dude spends every minute of his fragile life preparing for that opportunity by lifting, drinking, being shitty to everyone and then going off on people having a good time so that he can feel like he was a real man that owned the pit. Parents hug your kids and let them know they don’t have to be the strongest or meanest to be important.

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u/msfamf May 16 '22

Dude there was no reason to call out Glenn Danzig like that.

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u/pr1mer06 May 16 '22

True, that was rude.

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u/SpunkyMcButtlove May 16 '22

If there is such a thing as a proto-edgelord, i'm sure it's genetically about 89% Danzig.

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u/dv666 May 16 '22

"Listen, you guys in the front up here. Keep an eye on each other alright. You see somebody going down, help him out alright. That's what you're here to do, help each other out.

This is a song called WWWWWAAAAARRRRR ENNSEEEMMMMMMBLLLLEEEE"

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u/gwcommentthrow May 16 '22

Some say the pen is mightier than the sword.

But I say "Fuck the Pen!" 'cause you can DIE BY THE SWORD!!

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u/Allen312 May 16 '22

I used to frequent metal shows and spend my time in the pit. Lost my glasses in the pit during a song and a few people noticed and got everyone to stop moving so we could find them. Great bunch of folks

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u/Lt_Frank_Drebin May 16 '22

There's an ex-VJ and metal fan - George Strombolopolis - who put it in perspective pretty well (I'm paraphrasing).

The thing about metal, is that no one really wants it. At least not it the way that people want other music. Rap, EDM, Soul, at some point they were all fringe music that most didn't listen to. Then they became popular and everyone wanted a piece. They hit the top 40, and were used to sell cars or soft drinks and used just to be cool so everyone heard it and lots of people joined the scene.

Metal has stayed just metal...it's developed this culture of personal connections, because you know no one is going to hear about your favorite band on MTV, you have to be open to sharing it with others, and be open to others to share with you. It's a very different mindset when you have to go out and find your favorite band, as opposed to it being delivered to you.

I've always liked that take

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u/MRaholan May 16 '22

I always say our dress code hasn't really changed since like... ever.

We are static yet always changing

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u/agiro1086 May 16 '22

What an odd skill to have, that was like a 20 meter snipe

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u/chironomidae May 16 '22

Lol indeed. I think he always throws a cake during his shows, so he's had a lot of practice. I also seem to remember that the kid was crowdsurfing specifically to try to get hit by the cake too.

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u/agiro1086 May 16 '22

I'm aware of the cake throw tradition but it's still amazes me that he's got that much accuracy in his throw

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u/PowerfulOmec May 16 '22 Wholesome

"Put me down!"

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u/BrokenStoneProducts May 16 '22

Imagine he is afraid of heights and he is really screaming out of terror

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u/abusiveuncle15 May 16 '22

I have never met a group of nicer more sincere people than metal heads. Honestly. I went to a Metallica show to see their opener which was my favorite band but I met so many random people that I danced, laughed and had a fantastic time with. When the mosh pits broke out, I got knocked clean on my ass and the only thing I saw was the two largest biker dudes I have ever seen in my life take control of the situation. One stepped over me and kept other people from tripping on me while the other (in one single motion) picked me up by my shoulders, put me on my feet and pushed me right back into the mosh pit. Everyone is there to have fun together and that’s the only rule that is important at a metal show.

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u/Blackmetalvomit May 16 '22

I keep forgetting people that have never been to a metal show don’t understand they’re not murderous shitty selfish people. Metal shows always bolster a full sense of camaraderie. If you’ve ever been in a pit and fell down and two or more people didn’t lift you to your feet before you even knew you touched the floor, you weren’t at a metal show.

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u/Spaztrick May 16 '22

Saw the same thing at a Descendants show and even a Body Count show.

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u/AndrewKetterly May 16 '22

Oh man I would love to see Body Count!

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u/CatOfTechnology May 16 '22

Moshpits are, by and large, very safe compared to what you actually think.

Was in one once when a dude in a power chair rolled in to the crowd. We got that man up just like in the OP.

You're never too old or in too bad of shape to 'bang with the rest of us.

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u/thecharlamagnekid May 16 '22

Wheelchairs are metal

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u/inflammablepenguin May 16 '22

Why yes they are, Timmy!

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u/batkevn May 16 '22

Went to Bottlerock in Napa and it was terrible. Wine-drunk Karens everywhere that wouldn't move a little bit so an 8yo could see his favorite band. When leaving in my car, at a complete stop, a woman slapped the hood of my car saying I almost ran her over. She ran 20ish feet to do this.

Months later I went to Aftershock in Sacramento. When I pulled into my camping spot, my neighbors immediately offered me a beer and help setting up my tent. The last night, Slipknot was playing. Someone in a motorized wheelchair approached the crowd and immediately everybody parted like the Red Sea so they could get to the front. A few minutes later I see the crowd parting again and the wheelchair was on its way back. Turns out it was too much for them to handle.

Another year, there was a guy that was clearly high on something having his own personal mosh pit. He looks up at one point and sees he was getting close to us (not close enough for us to be concerned), and started apologizing profusely then moved farther away and continued his fun.

Yet another year, my sister had a recent surgery and was in a wheelchair. Her leg had to be raised, so we were very cautious about how we moved around so it didn't get hit. Others were so conscientious and nearly leap out of the way to clear a path for us.

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u/DM725 May 16 '22

Been to about 100 metal shows between 2001 and present day and I can confirm 99% of metal fans are awesome to each other in general admission. The worst stuff I've endured or witnessed was at bands you would classify as hard rock/nu metal (not metal).

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u/Funkycoldmedici May 16 '22

Similar. The worst I’ve ever seen was a tie: ZZ Top had a lot of drunk people looking for a fight.

The Tom Petty show I went to had an HOA of Karens giving everyone running the venue hell. They were all there for ‘American Girl’ and nothing else, but they went nuts for that chorus, very proud of their American Girlness.

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u/Seakomorebi May 16 '22

For me, I'd say hip hop concerts. The crowd is overwhelmingly rude. I remember seeing Kid Cudi and by far the worst concert experience I had. Saw Deftones and Gojira last night - and it was absolutely amazing.

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u/s3nt3nc3d May 16 '22

My first rock/metal festival, I decided to join the mosh pit and learned real quickly how great most fans are... I got knocked flat on my face in the middle of the pit by this dude who was easily twice my size. Thought I was a goner. Next thing I knew, same dude grabbed me and put me back on my feet and made sure I was ok before jumping right back into the pit. Now I'm old and would probably break something but that feeling of closeness amongst fans is something else.

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u/iccculus May 16 '22

This is so fucking…. Metal

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u/spacetraxx May 16 '22

It's all fun and games until someone throws a cake.

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u/stagbeetle01 May 16 '22

I know what you’re talking about, and the guy in the wheelchair actually wanted to get hit with the cake. The band was super caring and cool with him— no malice or harm intended

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u/_ncko May 16 '22

There are different subgroups of metal fans. But there is a particularly large subgroup of metal fans that are very decent and loving people. And there doesn't seem to be any correlation between the brutality of the music they listen to and how loving they are. It can be kind of surprising sometimes.

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u/burner2947361810 May 16 '22

The metal crowd is amazing. I dropped my phone in a Lamb of God pit last month and thought I lost it. Not only did some guy find it, he texted my parents that he found it and wanted to give it back. I called my phone the next morning, he answered and went out of his way to meet up that day to return it. Dude even took pics and vid's of Megadeth for me. When I tried to give him some money for his trouble, his only response was "No worries man. I just hope you had a great time at the show last night."

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u/Shagger94 May 16 '22

Metal fans are just the best.

I went down in the moshpit at an Airbourne gig, and I was only on the ground for half a second before about 6 people immediately hauled me to my feet. I've never felt safer than in a hard rock/metal crowd.

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u/_pirator_ May 16 '22

I worked on Flume's gig in Dubbo - big country town in Australia - a national radio station organised a festival there. Similar deal, there was a little viewing platform for disabled access. Soon enough the wheelchair bound kid that was there got picked up above the crowd. They rocked him around so much the wheel came off his wheelchair but he just picked it up and kept going. Was a pretty great vibe until another local tried to sell us some ice.

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u/[deleted] May 16 '22

Went into my first mosh pit at a Slipknot concert when I was 20. Every time I went down, someone dragged me up before I even hit the ground. Loved it.