Recently the House of Blues in Boston, cops cited the venue for a license violation because of a mosh pit that broke out during a FLOGGING MOLLY show on Feb. 21. Boston police vowed a crackdown on what they called “dangerous behavior” and a “public safety hazard.”
Commented Guy Kozowyk (The Red Chord/Black Market Activities):
“The city of Boston needs to stay out of it, I understand cracking down on fighting, but (moshing) is a form of expression. It’s ridiculous they’re cracking down on this now. There are plenty of other problems.”
According to police, 60 concertgoers engaged in an “aggressive mosh pit dance,” during which people were running and “colliding into each other,” including some who were “knocked to the ground.” No injuries were reported. In a statement from Boston police spokeswoman Officer Nicole Grant said:
“Dancing is a First Amendment right, but the behavior itself is a violation, especially when it becomes dangerous and a public safety hazard.”
But other bands say the crackdown sets a bad precedent and will force heavier bands — including several top-selling Massachusetts metal acts — back to Worcester and the suburbs, where venues have permitted mosh pits for years.
Brian Fair (Shadows Fall/Death Ray Vision) called the clampdown “ridiculous” and said:
“I can understand trying to cut down on injuries or fights, but you see more fights outside a dance night on Lansdowne Street than you see inside a hardcore show.”
Also, Trevor Phipps (Unearth) had this to say:
“This new anti-moshing policy proves once again that the city of Boston hates heavy music. It’s disheartening and maddening to know your hometown doesn’t support or understand your music scene.”
The club has agreed to put up signs that says mosh pits are banned. Read more about this absurdity on the Boston Herald’s website.