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  posted on 7/6/2012 at 04:23 AM
This should be a good thread.
 
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  posted on 7/6/2012 at 07:00 AM
In The mid 90's at the HORDE fest when the Crowes were headliners, some naked guy running through the crown in the pavillion and got tackled by security. I am not sure if that was worse for the guy getting tackled and being naked hittin the concrete or the security guard having to do that.

I work at a hospital just a few miles away from Deer Creek here in Noblesville,INd and we always get the concert injuries ,overdoses and etc. Phish always brings the freaks in.The Dead when Jerry was around. Buffet can be bad. It's hot weather and you get a bunch of middle aged soccer moms and dads out there drinking and trying to re live their youth,
passing out, drinking on an incline in the lawn can spell disaster too.

I could go on and on about the patients I have seen in the last 20 yrs coming in from shows.

 

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  posted on 7/6/2012 at 07:04 AM
i've SEEN "sound".....
i've seen skydog, which some may say is impossible since i was born in 1981.......

my brother saw a dude melt down on acid and try to light his own di#k on fire, thankfully to be stopped by medacs........this should be an interesting thread, i'm sure i will think of plenty more. it's early

 

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  posted on 7/6/2012 at 08:02 AM
Buckeye Lake outside Columbus, Ohio, 1992, Lollapalooza 2. Blazing hot day no shade and this couple doin' the hibbidy dibbidy in the grass in plain view of everybody. This was back in the days before a crowd gathered to watch. Everybody just kinda was like, "okay" and kept walking.
 

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  posted on 7/6/2012 at 08:04 AM
My craziest story was a pretty violent beat down that a concert attendee received for stealing a shirt from a vendor just outside the concert venue at the end of the show. It was a show in Weedsport, NY (basically between Syracuse and Rochester, NY just off the Thruway) in the late 80's I believe. The act was Anderson, Bruford, Wakeman, and Howe which is basically YES without Chris Squire....They were great by the way. There might have been 1,000 people at the venue which I believe is where the Cayuga County Fair is held every summer. Anyway, as everyone is walking out, some guy proceeds to run up to a shirt vendor, steal a t-shirt, and run at top speed toward the parking lot. Instantly, out of nowhere, about 4 other guys run the guy down, tackle him, and proceed to beat the living sh*t out of him. The oddest thing perhaps was that no one attempted to intercede on this guys behalf and everyone just walked on by as the guy was getting beaten.
 

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  posted on 7/6/2012 at 08:25 AM
in the fall of '85, went with a buddy and my brother to see Night Ranger/Starship at the
old Philly Spectrum.

The show was not well attended and the entire second level was basically empty.
We sat at the railing overlooking the stage.

Prior to going into the show, we had the usual libations.

Some point during the beginning of the Night Ranger set, my brother discovered a large
silver cannister, believing it it to be a keg, tried to get a "drink". Of course it was a fire extinguisher. So he proceeded to spray down the guys in Night Ranger before turning it on us. 6 Yellow shirts appeared out of nowhere, picked him up, and escorted him to the door where he was promptly thrown onto the sidewalk.

We had no choice but to follow.

Concert sucked anyway.

 

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  posted on 7/6/2012 at 08:29 AM
In the 80's when Hank Williams jr. was actually a great concert to go to still, I saw Hank Jr. at the Macon Coliseum...DRUNK..with just jeans on tucked in some red cowboy boots, tie a Rebel flag around his neck like a cape, climb to the top of the Huge speakers on stage with a shotgun (that we all thought was a prop) and shoot it off into the ceiling of the Macon Coliseum not once but twice...while his own security team scrambled to get him under control. The mass confusion to catch Hank that ensued before us was the damndest thing I've ever seen. I couldn't make it up If I tried.

It was SCARY and just unbelievable. I remember standing there with my mouth open thinking "is this really happening?" ANd I was not supposed to be there, so I was also thinking " Dear Lord my Daddy was right I should not be here, please dont let me get trampled or worse yet Shot by Hank"

 

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  posted on 7/6/2012 at 08:40 AM
two things stand out

1. A maintenance worker fell to his death from the ceiling at the old Greenville Memorial Auditorium during a KISS concert.

2. Saw a guy get slashed with a knife a few times at a RATT/Bon Jovi show.

 

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  posted on 7/6/2012 at 09:04 AM
My first show, Pink Floyd at Atlanta Stadium, 1975. It was a GA show and we got a pretty good spot on the field. It started to rain before the show started, and the crowd rolled out the baseball tarpolin and used it as a giant group shelter/smokehouse. The authorities did not intervene.

I'm still not sure how they supported it in the middle, but I stayed toward the outside. Got a major rush from the rain trickling down my arms as I held up the edge of the tarp.

 

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  posted on 7/6/2012 at 09:48 AM
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  posted on 7/6/2012 at 09:59 AM

I think this might have been an Allmans show at Greatwoods if my memory serves me - A group of shirtless meatheads thought it would be fun to push over a porta-potty with someone inside. The toilets were lined up along the edge of the parking lot with a slightdrop behind them so when it went over it didny just fall down flat. The dude that staggered out was a combination of brown and bright blue.

 

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  posted on 7/6/2012 at 10:12 AM
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I think this might have been an Allmans show at Greatwoods if my memory serves me - A group of shirtless meatheads thought it would be fun to push over a porta-potty with someone inside. The toilets were lined up along the edge of the parking lot with a slightdrop behind them so when it went over it didny just fall down flat. The dude that staggered out was a combination of brown and bright blue.


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  posted on 7/6/2012 at 10:50 AM
Top of the head.....
Zeppelin '73... a woman standing in front of the guy in front of me, had her whole head of hair catch fire when that guy lit a joint. Quite a site while on Orange Sunshine!

Zeppelin in '77...I was one of first people on the field that show, and while the hours ticked away, a guy near me kept saying over and over " I wanna' get as high as I can get".
Not only was he passed out by the time the show started, I'm sure he missed the ensuing riot and carnage that came after just 3 songs because rain cancelled the show.
I'm sure he woke up at some point to a real WTF moment!

 

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  posted on 7/6/2012 at 11:07 AM
Sometime in the summer of 1989 my best friend Chris and I decide to head down to Kemper Arena to check out a rap show. The show:

Run-D.M.C.
Public Enemy
DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince
EPMD

Right before we leave, two buddies stop by and ask what we are doing. Now, these two were actual living embodiments of Beavis & Butthead. The monotone laugh, flannel shirts over concert t-shirts (usually Iron Maiden or Priest), hi-tops, and both so skinny they could walk through a harp without making a sound. We tell them where we are going to see this show and they are like, "Yeah, dude. Run-DMC, Walk This Way, sure, we'll come along."

We get to the parking lots and we don't have any tickets. At the time (we were all 19 years old) I worked summers as a valet parker at a local hotel. I always had cash on me because I worked for tips, usually $5 and $1 bills. So, they other guys give me some money and I start to wander around. First three scalpers I come across refuse to sell to me when I pull out my wad (enhanced by $1 bills) of cash, claiming I'm a cop. (I'm sure being the only white guy in sight wearing a Boston Celtics shirt didn't help, this was, after all, 1989, "crossover" was still a new concept) I finally find a guy with the backwards cap on, t-shirt with Greek letters, stereotypical frat guy. He says he has 4 and I ask how much he wants. It wasn't until he spoke that I realized this guy was absolutely terrified, his voice was actually quivering. "I don't care, man. $10 a piece. I just want to get the f--- out of here."

So, tickets in hand, Short Larry Bird, Beavis & Butthead and my friend Chris (who is black, decked out in the latest Reebok logo regailia, he fit right in, bastid) head to the gates. There's at least 200 people in line because of the metal detectors. We are standing there wondering just what in the hell we are getting into, and I'm not really standing still. I put my foot back and step on the foot of a girl behind me. She yelled really loud. Me? Picture a Southwest Airlines "Wanna Get Away?" commercial and you pretty much have it. But, nothing came of it and we head in.

Kemper holds around 15,000 for concerts and there was as I recall around 13,000 there that night. There may have been about 15 white people there and me and Beavis & Butthead are 3 of them. I'm not saying that to be racial, I'm saying that as a reported fact of the evening.

I wish I would have had a camera because it was, looking back, a very cool image of a rap show in 1989...the shoes, the matching warm-up outfits, Kangol hats, every other guy carrying his pull-out stereo from his car dashboard.

We get to our seats, we missed EPMD because of the long lines. Public Enemy came out. This was in between It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back and Fear Of A Black Planet and the stage was done up in a paramilitary theme. Guys standing all around with military outfits holding prop rifles. Chuck D and Flavor Flav doing their thing. Bass so damn loud you couldn't understand a word, but what great theater.

Set break. Beavis heads off alone to use the restroom, the rest of us fear for his safety. Comes back in 10 minutes with a beer (again, we're all 19) and two joints. "There's some really cool people here, man."

DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince come out. They do "Girls Ain't Nothing But Trouble," "Nightmare On My Street," and "Parents Just Don't Understand." The sound was perfect. Three song set. Off they go. At the time, Will Smith was just another rapper.

Finally time for Run, D.M.C. and Jam Master Jay. Lights go down...then...

"Now Peter Piper picked peppers but Run rocked rhymes, Humpty Dumpty fell down that's his hard time..."

I'm here to tell you that the place just went batsh!t insane. They played everything and the crowd just got down. "Put your hands in the air, and swing 'em like ya just don't care!" A truly amazing performance. "Mary, Mary" just about brought the whole damn place down.

Show ends with an all-star rhyme battle with everyone on the bill on the stage. At the end, guy grabs the mic and says to 13,000 people "After party at King Louie East!" (a bowling alley)

Time to leave. We made it! Well...

We are walking on the concourse, the usual post-concert scene. We walk right up on what appears to be some sort of disagreement. There is a very tall man in a stare down with a very short man. I'm talking like 4 foot 4 here. Short man has a girlfriend kind of in between them. Girlfriend is taller than her boyfriend. Right as we walk up to them, short man says "I'm gonna f--- you up." Tall man swings on short man and takes him out, taking out the girlfriend with his arm in the process. She yells "DAMN!" and then, as if it was some sort of theatrical cue, the entire place erupts in what seemed to be 20 fistfights at the same time. Guys just grabbed the guys next to them and started throwing hands. Y'now those old westerns where the entire saloon is fighting? Put that in a rap concert concourse context and place Short Larry Bird, Beavis & Butthead and one very freaked out black kid from the suburbs right directly in the middle of it and that's the scene. Then the fights started to centralize and the cheering starts, the crowd starts to ebb and flow and go back and forth. Out of nowhere, 4 KCMO cops with gigantic nightsticks appear, and 100 people run out the door (us included, I'm still to this day not sure my feet touched the ground on the way out) into the hot summer night. We walked back to the car, got in the car. Locked the doors and just started alternatively freaking out and laughing hysterically. We made it out totally unscathed. What a great show and an even better memory.

 

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  posted on 7/6/2012 at 11:34 AM
A couple of things come to mind - recently separated and at the Beacon for ABB - a long tme ago LOL - with best friend at the time who is blond and very busty - make our way to the front of the stage for the second set holding arms which makes the men around us think we are lesbians - we play along so they don't bother us - true story - one Hells Angels decides he wants to buy my friend - I tell him she's not for sale - he was not happy but did not pursue it LOL I remember it was around my birthday and Dickey handed me a pic and I was so happy tears were streaming down my face and Butch handed me a drum stick and I believe I also got a set list - all this cause my friend announced to the band that it was my birthday and tight sweaters rule LOL

and who can forget the Mule at the Electric Factory in Philly - the real lesbian scene in the corner LOL

and another time with the same blonde friend at an outdoor arena in NJ for ABB where we stayed overnight in a motel - I remember it poured during the show and for some reason ALOT of people were using the grass as a bathroom - not me - I used the port a potty and lost my wedding band when it fell out of my pocket where I had put it for safe keeping but I was too drunk to notice - was fun telling my husband how that happened - our sneakers were actually ruined by all of the urine - we left them at the motel

 

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  posted on 7/6/2012 at 11:37 AM
One time, no several times, this really, really drunk guy - oh wait, that was me, nevermind.

 

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  posted on 7/6/2012 at 11:39 AM
The *coot abides.

I have several.

One time at the Knoxville Civic Coliseum. It was built in '61 and is almost identical to Asheville's, it is a hockey rink-multipurpose sqare room with an upper level and a floor level. The floor can be seated or left open for GA. Me and some guys were sitting there in the upper level watching the crowd leave (show was over, lights were up), being that we were suitably intoxicated and in no hurry, when this guy comes out of the concourse on the floor and just starts walking across the floor. He stops at about midway, takes off his jacket, lays it on the floor, kneels calmly and then just pukes his guts out. After releasing the contents of his stomach, he stands, puts his jacket on and continues to the other concourse. We laughed our asses off and it still gets mentioned from time to time.


[Edited on 7/6/2012 by alanwoods]

 

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  posted on 7/6/2012 at 11:45 AM
At the World's Fair Park, the ABB with Warren and Woody. This chick, who was stunning to start with, climbs on this guy's shoulders and pulls her top off to reveal some very high quality mammaries. She was just bouncing those things all over the place. Warren sees it first and cracks up, then gets Woody and Dickey to look, Dickey gets Gregg's attention and the whole band is cracking up. I don't think the cops did a thing and she was up there for a good while. After the song was over, Gregg thanked her.

 

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  posted on 7/6/2012 at 01:05 PM
REO Speedwagon at the Convention Center in Indy, 1977 (I think - it was right after REO Live was released, part of which had been recorded in Indy on the previous tour,) I went with a group of friends and we met up with another group of friends from our suburban town, Zionsville. One of the guys I was there with had done some orange barrel acid and drank a bunch of Bacardi 151 rum. Needless to say, he was tore up from the floor up. It was a festival seating show, concrete floor. Jeff, the dude who was fubar, was sitting Indian style on the floor with his head down and hands clasped behind his neck, just totally wasted. Another of the guys we met up with started goofing around and said, "Yeah, officer, over here, here he is." Jeff raised up and said, "Nooooooooooo!" and took off through the crowd. We're chasing after him through the crowd and he began projectile vomiting as he was running. We finally caught him, and after some talking, got him settled down.

I was at The Circle Theater in downtown Indy in 1977 seeing Foreigner and AC/DC and some dude ran passed me, followed closely by a couple security guards. They caught him and a fourth guy runs by and says, "THAT'S him! Bust him!" Never really knew what that was all about.

One other time, I was moving through a crowd at another concert at The Convention Center and someone moving in the opposite direction snatched my Stetson cowboy hat off my head. I had to turn around and chase him down, and proceeded to snatch it back off of his head. That was probably in 1978, because my sister had given me the hat when she was living in Texas.

 

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  posted on 7/6/2012 at 01:50 PM
lets see, 8/17/80 Indy,MSA, Queen show, saw freddy mecury bash a roady across his back with a mic stand. swung it like a baseball bat.

saw ozzy with randy rhoads and with def leopard at the circle theater, downtown indy. while waiting on the circle in line (tripping balls and doing qualudes) some other guy more wasted than me started putting his fingers up on his head, like horns, and bending over scratching the ground with his foot. then he cam racing into the line and at me. after a couple of times of that i dropped the hammer on him and he fell on the ground and started running in circles on the ground like homer simpson. when he got up he was so dizzy he ran into a plate glass window and bounced off of it, thats when the cops arrived and took him to jail.

 

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  posted on 7/6/2012 at 02:52 PM
Two people screwing right next to us in the loge of the Beacon Theatre during a Gov't Mule show and the woman who was riding this guy like a cowgirl getting mad and kicking my friend to get our attention as we were trying to ignore them and watch Mule!

 

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  posted on 7/6/2012 at 03:08 PM
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Two people screwing right next to us in the loge of the Beacon Theatre during a Gov't Mule show and the woman who was riding this guy like a cowgirl getting mad and kicking my friend to get our attention as we were trying to ignore them and watch Mule!


I woulda just had to tell them to "get a room already!"

That's pretty funny.

 

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  posted on 7/6/2012 at 03:09 PM
In high school in the mid 80s, we used to go to an Atlanta club, the Metroplex. They had heavy metal, punk and other bands there with a nice size stage, small floor & balcony. Place held a couple hundred. They seperated the bar so they allowed underage patrons.

People didn't just stage dive. They dove out of the balcony which was at least 12 feet above the crowd. Insane. My 3 buddies and I used to dare each other to try it, but none of us was ever crazy or dumb enough. I saw it at a few different shows and haven't seen anything quite like it since.

 

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  posted on 7/6/2012 at 03:09 PM
Dave, was his head still in the hat after you re-snatched it?

I was at a Yes show in Huntsville - late 70's ("Relayer" or "Topographic Oceans"?). Brand new civic center - Huntsville was proud of it! They even handed out flyers printed: NO SMOKING before the show.

Yes' show had a very dramatic opening. This gold curtain was supposed to rise, then the band would enter single file over a stile next to the drum riser.

In a scene out of "This is Spinal Tap", the rising curtain grabbed hold of the center microphone and stand, taking them upward with it. There was a pause , then the curtain lowered and a roadie came running out to free the microphone so the curtain could be raised again. It was pretty funny.

About 4 songs into the show, doobage began to be ignited near front, center stage. The Huntsville PD resembled the Gestapo. Sticks came out and heads got banged. I guess "NO SMOKING" means, no smoking.

I tripped over a couple doing the double-backed monster at an outdoor Edgar Winter show. They didn't even notice!

 

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  posted on 7/6/2012 at 03:23 PM
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Two people screwing right next to us in the loge of the Beacon Theatre during a Gov't Mule show and the woman who was riding this guy like a cowgirl getting mad and kicking my friend to get our attention as we were trying to ignore them and watch Mule!


Hopefully she was good looking!

 

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