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Attending your first metal concert – Tailgating, drugs, alcohol, moshing, and sex tips

Surviving your first concert experience

Before attending your first heavy metal show during your teenage years or adult life, you should be somewhat aware of proper concert etiquette. You should have a basic understanding of the Dos and Don’ts of the mosh pit, how to handle the opposite sex, and when it’s cool to sing along to your favorite songs. Your primary goal is to avoid looking and feeling like a complete dingleberry. Here are some tips based on real life experiences to help you survive your first rock show, one of the most exciting experiences of your young life.

What not to wear

One of the most daunting tasks of attending a heavy metal concert is deciding what to wear. The bottom half is easy because you can’t go wrong with a pair of jeans or cargo shorts in the summer. When it comes to the top, you have to exercise some caution. The most important rule is that you never wear the t-shirt of the band that you are going to see. As actor Jeremy Piven states in the movie PCU, “don’t be that guy.” You can wear a black t-shirt of another band that you like, but make sure you are a real fan of that band. Chances are someone will ask you about it, “hey, what do you think of their new drummer?” You want to be able to answer with ease. If you lack this type of confidence, then wear a plain black t-shirt. But remember, don’t wear a Disturbed shirt to a Disturbed concert.

Playing music in the parking lot

You get to the parking lot 5 hours before the doors open to take in the culture. You eat a hotdog and tell the roving monks you are not interested in the sacred literature they want to sell you. You also turn down the counterfeit tour t-shirt with the wrong  dates and bands. The main reason you are in the parking lot is to meet cool people with similar interests and to hear some killer music from the car stereo. When playing music before the concert, do not play any songs by the bands you are going to see that night. No one wants to hear “Enter Sandman” in the parking lot at a Metallica show. Concert tip: Steer clear of the cars that are blasting the band’s classic album they are going to see.

Don’t accept alcohol or drugs from anyone

After a couple of hours in the parking lot, you notice people are getting loud and rowdy. They are intoxicated, on drugs, and obnoxious. The hairy dude three cars down stumbles on over and offers you a sip from his 100-proof bottle of whiskey concealed in a beach towel, in exchange for a red Solo cup. If you have an extra cup, then give him one. But, you are better off not taking the whiskey from this weirdo. You do not know what’s in that bottle. If you take liquor from this guy, you will end up in the backseat of a 1988 Pontiac with your hands down his toothless girlfriend’s pants. You will learn later that she recently served jail time for abandoning her second newborn in a dumpster behind the motor lodge. You will be scarred for life all because you drank that guy’s whiskey.

Use the restroom

You enter the venue too early in anticipation of seeing your favorite band. You find a cozy spot on the floor that is really close to the stage. You wait 4 hours for your favorite band to come on and rock your face off. However, you drank 6 Dr. Peppers to pass the time and now you have to pee real bad. You think, I can easily go in my pants without anyone noticing since I am already sweaty and smelly. If I piss myself, I will not lose my spot. Another thought you have is to whip out your little piece and let the stream flow discreetly, while doing your best not to get the couple in front of you wet. These thoughts are somewhat rational given your circumstances, however both will end badly. You will hate yourself for going in your pants as you lose all of your dignity. And, someone will certainly notice that awkward stain down the side of your left pant leg by the end of the night. If you release yourself on the floor then you will deservedly get punched in the groin and escorted out by security. The lesson: use the bathroom. You can always maneuver yourself to a decent location when you have general admission tickets. If you have seats, you have no excuse not to use the restroom.

Use your sex’s restroom

Assume that you really have to urinate badly. You run to the bathroom and the line is enormous. You notice the bathroom line for the opposite sex is much shorter or non-existent. What do you do? The principle rule here is that the sexes should stay in their respective bathrooms. While girls may get a kick out of seeing a line of men unleash the fury at a urinal, and guys may get their jollies hearing girls pee, it becomes a serious safety hazard for both sexes to be in there. Some people go to the restroom specifically to get away from the opposite sex. Hence the name “REST-room.”

Don’t take on a dare from a stranger

Suppose the sink in the bathroom is backed-up. It is overflowing with water, spit, blood, and vomit. Now suppose that a random person, issues a challenge: “I’ll give $20 to anyone who’s willing to take a drink from what’s in that sink.” No matter how bad you want that money to buy an over-priced band t-shirt, do not step up to the challenge. In other words, if you can ignore a dare at a concert, you will avoid contracting hepatitis, herpes, and viral meningitis.

Don’t sexually assault anyone

If you are a guy at a metal concert, then you are part of the 96% of concertgoers. The other 4% are female: 90% of them are there with boyfriends and 10% are single. You see one of the single ladies crowd surfing and observe a guy cop a feel as the girl is passed overhead. You think, this is my big opportunity and nonchalantly graze her chest. Congratulations, you just committed your first act of assault. You are officially a low-life loser and should be arrested.

Don’t go crowd surfing

Crowd surfing should have died out after Woodstock ’94, but unfortunately it still exists. Females should not crowd surf for reasons previously addressed. Males should not crowd surf because they will get punched in places I don’t care to state. Crowd surfing is an inconvenience for all. Crowd surfers cause injury to innocent concertgoers, distract from the performance, and inconvenience the security guards that have to try to catch these inconsiderate drunkards. If you are less than 150 pounds and want to try it once, then go ahead. But you should grow out of it by your 16th birthday at the latest. In the post-grunge period, crowd surfing will make you look uncool.

Know when to sing along

The band that you came to see is now 8 songs into their set. You get really excited because they start playing their latest single and you know the words to the chorus! You sing and scream the refrain at the top of your lungs, thinking you are the bomb-digity. You are not. You are a nuisance to the people around you. The point of the concert is to hear the band perform. Save your performance for the shower. If the band asks or signals for your participation, then go for it. But do not sing for the entire concert.

How to handle your first mosh pit

It is helpful to know what to expect when a mosh pit occurs. Suppose a large pit opens up and you are smack-dab in the middle of it. Don’t panic, just quickly move toward the outskirts if you do not want to be involved. Use your instincts and common sense, but don’t try to fight anyone. If it is your first concert, mosh pits can be intimidating. The goal isn’t to hurt anyone, the goal is to slam into each other as hard as the other person can take it. If someone falls, help them up immediately. Moshing, like ballet and Pinochle, is an art form. However, moshing gets old after you turn 19 years old. Then it becomes an aggravation, though it is still an important part of concert culture.

Put the phone away

The mosh pit pushes you super close to the stage and you are making eye contact with your most favorite guitar player of all-time. You grab your iPhone and decide to record this experience so you remember it for the rest of your life. You are now watching the band perform through your iPhone. Congratulations, you are a dumb-ass. You might as well have stayed home and watched the concert on YouTube the next morning. The whole point of going to a show is to experience it live. If you want to snap one picture on your phone when the band first takes the stage, that is acceptable. Otherwise, keep the phone in your pants where it can continue undermining your future chances of parenthood. If you really want replays of the performance, there is often professional soundboard audio available from the band or pro-shot HD footage available on YouTube.

The aftermath

The concert is over and the band totally kicked your ass. You caught a guitar pick and came really close to getting a drumstick. You avoided catching an STD, being drugged, and becoming a sexual predator. Your first concert experience was a great success, one for the books. The ringing in your ear is borderline unbearable, but you don’t care. You simply make a quick note to yourself to bring ear plugs next time. You can’t imagine going to bed yet with all of that adrenaline pumping.  You hit up the diner with your concert buds for late-night melted mozzarella french fries with gravy on the side. You talk about your favorite moments, how you narrowly averted trouble, and what shows you want to see next. Remember, you only get to experience your first concert once. You will most likely cherish these memories for a long time.

Tom Morello Joins Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band in Australia

It was recently announced that Rage Against The Machine guitarist Tom Morello will be joining the E Street Band, filling in for Steven Van Zandt for upcoming Bruce Springsteen shows. Little Steven is off to Norway to film season two of the wildly popular Netflix series “Lilyhammer” (it’s the most watched Norwegian series of all time according to Wikipedia).

Morello is one of the most innovative guitarists of the last twenty years so this matchup with Springsteen has a lot of potential in my opinion. If Morello is allowed to do his own thing in certain Bruce tracks, this will be an exciting spectacle. Otherwise, it will be a wasted moment.

The only folks who will witness this event are in Australia. Morello is taking lead guitar duties for two weeks only beginning May 14 (Brisbane Entertainment Centre) as the E Street Band hits the land down under.

Conveniently, Van Zandt will rejoin the band beginning April 29 in Oslo, Norway (Telenor Arena) for the Scandinavian/European leg of the Wrecking Ball Tour.


Nikki Sixx to Throw Out First Pitch at Dodgers Game on Sunday

On Sunday, May 27, Mötley Crüe bassist Nikki Sixx will throw out the first pitch at the Los Angeles Dodgers baseball game at Dodger Stadium. The Dodgers will take on the Houston Astros at 1:00 pacific.

I am very curious of how Sixx’s throw will go down. Will he throw a heater to demonstrate the almighty power of metal, toss in a soft lob, or will he pull the ultimate fail-the Baba Booey?

Tour Preview: Motley Crue and Poison Summer 2011

The Mötley Crüe and Poison summer tour rumor has recently and finally become reality. This summer these two 80’s metal greats will dominate over three dozen North American cities June through August. This will also make for an interesting matchup as some Crüe-heads out there may think they are way too cool for a Poison show and some Poison chicks out there may feel that the Crüe is too lewd for their fallen angel souls.  Either way, both bands are going to put on a sick show.  Every time I see the Crüe it is an awesome time and I have never had a bad time at any Poison concert, that’s for damn sure.  Also, supporting on most of the dates are the legendary New York Dolls.

Mötley Crüe, Poison and New York Dolls Summer Tour Dates

7 Dallas, TX Gexa Energy Pavilion
9 San Antonio, TX AT&T Center
10 Houston, TX Toyota Center
12 Albuquerque, NM Hard Rock Pavilion
14 Los Angeles, CA Hollywood Bowl
15 San Francisco, CA Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
17 Phoenix, AZ Desert Sky Pavilion
18 Las Vegas, NV Venue TBD
19 Salt Lake City, UT USANA Amphitheater
21 Kansas City, MO Sprint Center
22 Maryland Heights, MO Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
24 Minneapolis, MN Target Center
25 Milwaukee, WI Bradley Center
26 Cincinnati, OH Riverbend Music Center
28 Toronto, ON Molson Ampitheater
29 Clarkston, MI DTE Energy Music Theatre
1 Tinley Park, IL FMB Amphitheater
2 Noblesville, IN Verizon Wireless Music Center
3 Nashville, TN Bridgestone Arena
5 Hollywood, FL Seminole Hard Rock Live Arena
6 Tampa, FL St. Pete Times Forum
8 Biloxi, MS Mississippi Coast Coliseum
9 Pelham, AL Verizon Wireless Music Center (Mötley Crüe & NY Dolls Only)
10 Atlanta, GA Aaron’s Amphitheater at Lakewood
12 Charlotte, NC Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
13 Hershey, PA Star Pavilion at Hershey Park
15 Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun Arena
16 Camden, NJ Susquehanna Bank Center
19 Mansfield, MA Comcast Center
20 Uniondale, NY Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
22 Darien Lakes, NY Darien Lakes Performing Arts Center
23 Saratoga Springs, NY Saratoga Performing Arts Center
24 Pittsburgh, PA Stage AE
27 Cheyenne, WY Frontier Days (Mötley Crüe Only)
29 Youngstown, OH Covelli Centre
30 Frederick, MD Outlaw Jam 2011
31 Scranton, PA Toyota Pavilion at Montage Mountain
5 Tomah, WI Fort MCoy


Concert Review: American Carnage Tour: Slayer, Megadeth, Anthrax – Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, NY [10-8-10]

It has been a really long time since Long Island experienced a real heavy metal show.  In fact, it is flat-out embarrassing and insulting to the fans and bands that it has been this long.  Thanks to the demonic forces of the dark lord, Long Island was the place to be on Friday night when Slayer, Megadeth, and Anthrax invaded the Nassau Coliseum.

The “Big 3 of Thrash” performed on the Island together for the first time ever under the heading of the “American Carnage Tour” presented by Jagermeister.  The artists, Dave Mustaine in particular, did not let fans forget that as he made at least 5 references to the sponsor during Megadeth’s set.

Going into the show, one would think that Anthrax would be the weakest link.  Let’s face it, Anthrax is awesome but not of the same caliber as Slayer.  The band must have had this in mind because Anthrax annihilated the Coliseum.  Original frontman Joey Belladona could not have sounded any better.  He was dead on.

The band fired through the classics “Indians,” “Caught In A Mosh,” “I am the Law,” and “Antisocial.”  They even played a devastating new track for the first time on the tour (and with Belladona) titled “Fight ’em til You Can’t.”  It was a great treat for the hometown crowd.

Bassist Frank Bello is the man live.  He has such a cool stage presence.  Scott Ian was great too, however he did not do much of his signature running stomp-kicks.  I hope his age is not getting to him.  Nonetheless, Anthrax blew the roof off.

Megadeth came on second and played Rust In Peace in its entirety.  They sounded solid as usual because, hey, this is Megadeth.  However, compared to Anthrax they sounded a little muddy.  Not sure if it was their setup or the soundboard guy, but they have sounded better live in the past.

Guitarist Chris Broderick is the best complement to Mustaine since Marty Friedman. It was also great to see Dave Ellefson back on bass.

SLAYER!!! As usual the true titans of thrash metal were flawless.  With 36 Marshall cabinets lining the stage plus two more for the bass, Slayer opened with “World Painted Blood” and “Hate Worldwide” before turning their attention to Seasons in the Abyss.

The crowd, consisting of teens to 40 somethings, was great.  Many of the younger fans had the pit rolling while many old-school metalheads headbanged and fist-pumped like it was 1986.  Again, Long Island needs more metal shows like this one.  It has been way too long and we don’t like driving to smelly New Jersey or stuck-up Connecticut for them.

If you consider yourself a fan of heavy music, then you must see this tour.  It is even better than seeing the “Big 4” because Metallica is best seen alone; there is nothing more to see once Slayer leaves the stage.


1. World Painted Blood
2. Hate Worldwide
3. War Ensemble
4. Blood Red
5. Spirit in Black
6. Expendable Youth
7. Dead Skin Mask
8. Hallowed Point
9. Skeletons of Society
10. Temptation
11. Born of Fire
12. Seasons in the Abyss
13. South of Heaven
14. Raining Blood
15. Aggressive Perfector
16. Angel of Death


1. Holy Wars… The Punishment Due
2. Hangar 18
3. Take No Prisoners
4. Five Magics
5. Poison Was the Cure
6. Lucretia
7. Tornado of Souls
8. Dawn Patrol
9. Rust in Peace… Polaris
10. Trust
11. Head Crusher
12. A Tout Le Monde
13. Symphony Of Destruction
14. Peace SellsAdditional Information: Holy Wars – RepriseHoly Wars – Reprise


1. Caught in a Mosh
2. Madhouse
3. Antisocial (Trust cover)
4. Indians
5. A.I.R.
6. Fight ‘Em Till You Can’t
7. Metal Thrashing Mad
8. I Am The Law

Concert Review: Rob Zombie Live at Hammerstein Ballroom December 1, 2009

“Rock Mother Fucker, Rock The Mother Fucker, Rock Mother Fucker, Yeah,” howled Rob Zombie, while charismatically leading thousands of loyal fans through new song “Sick Bubble Gum,” at New York’s Hammerstein Ballroom last night. Whenever Rob Zombie performs, one thing is always for certain, you will experience a big epic rock show, the way concerts are meant to be.

With oversized screens and monitors depicting Zombie’s art work (“American Witch”) and film scenes (“House of 1,000 Corpses), serial killers (“Scum of the Earth”), and classic horror movie imagery, Zombie’s band tore through 16 tracks including two from the upcoming Hellbilly Deluxe 2 album.

Guitarist John 5 continues to be the best addition to Zombie’s crew over the last three years as he effortlessly blazes through the classics, even providing an intoxicating extended solo during “Thunder Kiss 65,” and adding brilliant shreddage to the new stuff.

At times the crowd seemed more reserved than at past shows, which Zombie acknowledged during his stage banter early in the set. He later reserved the center of the floor for all of the ladies in attendance prior to “Living Dead Girl.” Surprisingly, the girls broke out into a mosh pit frenzy (you just gotta love the power of rock n roll) once the song kicked in.

“That’s hysterical,” commented Zombie in the middle of the chorus.

The only bad thing about the show was the poor scheduling. To arrange a concert for a Tuesday night in New York City is not the best move and could explain why the venue was not completely packed, as well as the few mellow moments in the mosh pit.

All in all, Zombie delivered another sick show. If you are a fan of big stage metal performances then catching Zombie live should not only be a priority, but mandatory.


  1. “What Lurks on Channel X”
  2. “Superbeast”
  3. “Super-Charger Heaven”
  4. “Living Dead Girl”
  5. “Demon Speeding”
  6. “More Human Than Human”
  7. “Sick Bubble-Gum”
  8. “House of 1000 Corpses”
  9. “Never Gonna Stop”
  10. “Scum of the Earth”
  11. “What?”
  12. “American Witch”
  13. “Thunderkiss ’65”
  14. “Demonoid Phenomenon”
  15. “Lords of Salem”
  16. “Dragula”

P.S. Opening act and Danish psychobilly veterans Nekromantix ripped up the stage. Check them out. Added bonus: the drummer is smokin’ hot.

Concert Review: Metallica Live at Madison Square Garden November 14, 2009

11-14-09 JamesFor the second time this year, Metallica played the New York metro area, this time taking the critically acclaimed live metal show to the World’s Most Famous Arena.

Still supporting the Grammy award-winning Death Magnetic album, the band opened their set with the album’s first two tracks and proceeded to tear through the required classics like “Master of Puppets,” “One,” and “Enter Sandman.”

There were several pleasant surprises in the mix such as “Holier Than Thou,” “Helpless,” and “Whiplash.” The only shortcoming of the show, was the lack of “Creeping Death” in the set.

After the show, drummer Lars Ulrich acknowledged that it was pathetic that Metallica has not not played MSG in over a decade, although the band did play the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 25th Anniversary show two weeks ago.

The supporting acts for this leg of the World Magnetic Tour are Danish rockers Volbeat and Lamb of God.  However, I much prefer to see Machine Head support Metallica over Lamb of God any day.

11-14-09 James LasersA friend texted me during Lamb of God’s set, “these guys so want to be Pantera.” I never understood the big deal either.

If you have not seen Metallica on this tour yet, you are missing out on a huge and an important rock show experience and should do everything in your power to get there.

Over the last year, the band has been more than making up for the disappointing St. Anger album and tour of 2003-2004 –Meds


  1. “That Was Just Your Life”
  2. “The End Of The Line”
  3. “For Whom The Bell Tolls”
  4. “Holier Than Thou”
  5. “One”
  6. “Broken, Beat And Scarred”
  7. “Cyanide”
  8. “Sad But True”
  9. “Turn The Page”
  10. “All Nightmare Long”
  11. “The Day That Never Comes”
  12. “Master Of Puppets”
  13. “Fight Fire With Fire”
  14. “Nothing Else Matters”
  15. “Enter Sandman”
  16. “Helpless”
  17. “Whiplash”
  18. “Seek & Destroy”

Top-Left: Frontman James Hetfield at the mic with Lars Ulrich on the drums by R.Meds on 11-14-09; Bottom-Left: Hetfield in lasers

Announced: Static-X & Seventh Void Spring 2009 Tour Dates

Seventh Void, the side project of Kenny and Johnny of Type-o-Negative, have announced a series of dates with Static-X in May:

May 11 8:00, Expo Park, Great Falls, Montana
May 13 8:00, The Rock, Maplewood, Minnesota
May 14 8:00, Eagle’s Club, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
May 15 8:00, Piere’s, Ft. Wayne, Indiana
May 17 8:00, Orbit Room, Grand Rapids, Michigan
May 19 8:00, Rex Theater, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
May 20 8:00, Webster Theater, Hartford, Connecticut
May 21 8:00, The Chance, Poughkeepsie, New York
May 22 8:00, The Chameleon Club, Lancaster, Pennsylvania
May 23 8:00, NorVa, Norfolk, Virginia
May 25 8:00, Orange Peel, Asheville, North Carolina
May 26 8:00, Masquerade, Atlanta, Georgia
May 28 8:00, The Village, Little Rock, ArkansasMay 30 8:00, Dos Amigos, Odessa, Texas

Source: AntiMusic