"Lesson Number 1: If the band doesn't destroy their equipment, you don't get to, either."
Rachel Nagy, lead singer of the Detroit Cobras, offered this advice to
audience at their show at Cleveland's Beachland Ballroom on Sunday
night. Here's another piece of advice. There are some standard
questions you can ask yourself to determine if you are an
alcoholic, but I've got one more for the list: Have you ever been a
one-person mosh pit? It's never pretty. I've seen it at least
twice where is was clearly substance-induced. The woman at the Cobras
show was slugging down airline bottles of liquor. A guy at a Chills
show in Philly twelve years ago attacked an innocent bystander and
knocked out some of his teeth.
Then there was a fixture at Pearl Street in Northampton. He was
regularly a one-man mosh pit but appeared to be just oddly enthusiastic
and was never dangerous to those around him.
But if you can answer "yes" to "Have you ever been a one-person mosh
pit?" then please get help. If not for your own sake, then at least for
the sake of your fellow concert-goers and the bands themselves.