Denver Metal Musicians on Stage Security and Violence at Shows

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When was the last time you moshed at a show?

Muscle Beach: Justin Sanderson - "A Wilhelm scream at the Marquis last year. Derek Arrieta - " The Bronx at 3 kings New Years 2012. Roy Jones - "Between the Buried and Me in Minneapolis four years ago."

In The Company Of Serpents: Probably five years ago when Cannibal Corpse played the Gothic with 1349. I'm too old for that shit now. Plus, cowboy boots are less than ideal for moshing on beer-covered venue floors. --Grant Netzorg, vocals/guitar

As The Sky Darkens: None of us really mosh.

Chingaso: Kyle moshed at Gwar on Halloween, the rest of us are too old.

Dead Temple: I retired from the competitive pitting and stage diving somewhere in 2007-2008. I recall getting pretty thrashed in a Black Dahlia Murder pit and just kind of had to stop. I'm fairly sure I bruised a rib. I never felt more old in my life. That doesn't mean I still don't know how to party though, I'm in pits all the time still to this day, but I'm the older guy on the outside of it kind of protecting in a semi defensive stance these days. I honor the metal lords with a lot of metal claws and hair whips. But to actually answer the question I believe a Skeletonwitch show was the last time I did a circle pit thing, then the last time I stage dived was at Lost Lake when we played with Speedwolf. That was earlier this year in March. I won't lie, I was very concerned about my knees, which is just sad. --Gianni DiGiacomo, Guitar

Allegaeon: Been a few years now, getting older man.

How can promoters and security make shows safer for fans?

Muscle Beach: Security just needs to recognize when people try to start shit for no reason. If they are in a spot while trying not to get pushed around then that person should probably not be standing there. As far as promoting goes, quality bands equate to quality patrons. Fortunately, the fans and homies that attend our shows rule.

In The Company Of Serpents: To me, this responsibility lies on both the fans and the venue. The fans are the ones who are creating the community at each show, and it's up to them to make sure they're not impeding anyone else's ability to enjoy the performance. Mosh all you want when there's a mosh pit, but if you're that guy who's the only one violently smashing into people at a show where no one else is moshing, you are being an asshole. As far as promoters and security are concerned, they just need to handle offenders responsibly and professionally. If someone's being a drunk idiot, but not really harming anyone then they don't need an ass kicking, they need a cab home. --Grant Netzorg, vocals/guitar

As The Sky Darkens: We think security should be more educated on the types of shows that are taking place. People are naturally going to hardcore dance at a hardcore show, so why stop people from dancing? Just watch out for people that look injured or ready to start a fight.

Chingaso: Hand out little vials of respect and common sense. Also, bouncy castles in the mosh pit.

Dead Temple: I think going to any type of event is just a risk for anyone these days. People get murdered at schools, and churches and 'safe' places in our time and day, which is horrible but a fact. I think the venues in Denver do a great job of keeping people under control at rock 'n roll shows. I'd say it's rare to see violence at rock and metal shows. Now if we're talking about hardcore, forget it. That's a tough ass scene, from the pits to actual fist fights outside the venue. But even then I think they beef up security for those events. It's not the venue's fault if a bunch of people want to be assholes, most everyone is adults, they should know how to steer clear of harm. --Gianni DiGiacomo, guitar Allegaeon: Keep anyone without a pass or a wristband from backstage unless they are accompanied by a band member.

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