A gentle moment from a show the BPD says should've been gentler - Flogging Molly at the HoB, 2.21.12
On the heels of a predictably rambunctious FLOGGING MOLLY show I’m
kind of bummed I didn’t attend last month, a BPD inspector who’s clearly never
been to a punk show in his or her life cited the House of Blues for neglecting
to break up the mosh pit, according to today’s
punk and hardcore fans all now know how women feel when middle-aged men try to
pass abortion laws.
Veteran Herald scribe and metalhead Dave Wedge writes, “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 other words, the audience responded to Flogging Molly’s Celtic-tinged,
ecstatic workingman’s folk-punk the same way they normally have for years.
Wedge proceeds to quote a bunch of local rocker dudes whose comments can be
summarized as “fuck that shit.” The city licensing board has ordered the HoB to
toss big honkin' neon NO MOSHING signs around the club, because if
there's one thing punk rockers are known for, it's following all the
But the stupidity of this citation against the HoB goes beyond mere
“Add slam dancing to the activities banned in Boston,” some dick from AP writes in the
wire retread of Wedge’s story. That’s an awesome idea, if being superfluous
is awesome. Moshing is, and has been for some time, forbidden at every
"legitimate" club in town; The HoB, the Paradise, the Brighton Music
Hall, the Middle East, and T.T. the Bear’s, to name a few. Many music fans (at
least the handful I talk to) consider the HoB, if anything, excessively rule-crazy.
Of course moshing is against the rules. It's, like, kind of dangerous and
stuff. That's also why it's fun, and why the HoB got written up for not kicking
all the moshers out like they normally would.
However if the report is accurate, and what we’re talking about is 60 dudes
and ladies righteously flailing and tossing each other around like frickin’
popcorn kernels in a Jiffy Pop tin, I’m not sure what this inspector expected
the HoB staff to do about it. Stop the show and piss everyone off? Arbitrarily
start grabbing people and carry them kicking and screaming through the rest of
the crowd out the door? Break out the riot gear?
I'm betting the HoB made the right call by backing off and letting the mosh
pit take care of itself.