I Can’t Dance

About a week ago, a friend commented on the “no moshing” rule declared in this ticket:
BRAWWWWWLLLLL!
Let’s forego for the moment the irony that the “Aragon Brawlroom” now has a no moshing policy displayed right on the tickets. It did prompt me to think of some other silly policies of Chicago venues, however. Now, I can see how the people at the Aragon Ballroom just became tired of the violence and cleanup of moshing and body surfing. Similarly, the Metro has the crowds (and security) to justify their “no moshing” signs next to the stage, although frankly I think they’re getting a little too cocky for their own good.

Then there’s the Wheaton Grand, which is desperately trying to make itself the place to go for local music in the suburbs. From what I’ve heard, this picture is a pretty typical scene there:
mosh with... who?
So what’s wrong with the sign? Let me help you. Do you notice all the empty space between the camera and the stage? That’s right. There’s no one there.

That's okay, I didn't bring my camera that night. Oh wait... There’s also Bar Vertigo, which constantly has to tell bands to turn the volume down, because the place is just too small for amps that go up to eleven.

My favorite is a sign at the entry to the Double Door. I love it so much I took a picture of it. I don’t think I need to explain.
By the way, the band in the middle picture is a great band, and it simply wasn’t their fault no one came all the way out to Wheaton to see them. Plus they had a packed show at the Empty Bottle three days later. So there.

5 Comments so far

  1. Shawn (unregistered) on October 15th, 2004 @ 5:04 pm

    Do you know the name of that band, Tom? Man, I didn’t even know there was a venue like that in Wheaton. I wonder what their booking policy is like? I’ll have to check that out.


  2. Tom (unregistered) on October 15th, 2004 @ 5:47 pm

    ah, but that’s a secret, because i’m not too sure they’re proud of that show. (what with all the moshing and bodysurfing that went on.) heh. but never fear – the next time they play i’ll be sure to tell everyone to go, go, go.


  3. elcue (unregistered) on October 20th, 2004 @ 7:09 am

    I went to a Tool concert in the mid-90s, with my friend. I was very naive about moshing but I found out quickly it was not my thing. I have never been so terrified in my life.


  4. tankboy (unregistered) on October 20th, 2004 @ 9:39 am

    i was at the aragon for that public enemy/sonic youth show where there was a riot afterwards. it was also, i believe, the last show they sold buckets of beer.

    and it was all probably becasue the tickets forgot to tell us not to mosh.


  5. Tom (unregistered) on October 20th, 2004 @ 11:58 am

    Terrified? Man, there’s nothing like the release of moshing. Of course, I also like to take pictures of the shows, so it’s a toss up. The camera has to get put away when the shoving starts.

    Funny, it may be violent and all, but everyone’s always looking out for each other in the pit, and buying each other beers afterwards.

    Tankboy: Fortunately, the tickets have promised us a safe, relaxing Lawrence We- uh, Pixies show this time.



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