Report: Boston Cracks Down On Mosh-Pit Mayhem

According to Dave Wedge of, the House Of Blues venue in Boston, Massachusetts has been cited by cops for a license violation because of a mosh pit that broke out during a February 21 show by the a "celtic punk" band FLOGGING MOLLY. Police claim 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. A hearing was subsequently held at City Hall, and the House Of Blues must now post an illuminated sign indicating that moshing is not permitted.

"The city of Boston needs to stay out of it," Guy Kozowyk, vocalist for the Massachusetts grindcore band THE RED CHORD, tells "I understand cracking down on fighting, but (moshing) is a form of expression. It's ridiculous they're cracking down on this now. There are plenty of other problems."

"This new anti-moshing policy proves once again that the city of Boston hates heavy music," says Trevor Phipps, vocalist for Boston's UNEARTH. "It's disheartening and maddening to know your hometown doesn't support or understand your music scene."

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Fan-filmed video footage of the mosh pit at the February 29, 2012 concert by AUGUST BURNS RED at the House of Blues in Boston can be seen below.


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