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Mosh Madness: Slam dancing banned in Boston

A mosh pit "outbreak" at the House of Blues nightclub has Boston police vowing a crackdown on violent dancing
(CBS/AP) BOSTON - Mosh Madness has arrived.

Mosh pits and the slam dancing that defines them are the latest activities banned in "Beantown" after police cited a city club for allowing violent mosh pit dancing. Cops vow a crackdown on what they called "dangerous behavior" and a "public safety hazard."

The Boston Herald reports that police cited the House of Blues for a license violation because of a mosh pit that broke out during a Feb. 21 show by Flogging Molly.

Police say 60 concert-goers engaged in slam dancing.

Police say the dance violated safety rules and the club was cited because security did not intervene. The club has agreed to put up signs that say mosh pits are banned.

Brian Fair, vocalist for Boston band Shadows Fall, called the clampdown "ridiculous." Musicians say slam dancing is part of the metal and hardcore culture.

  • Barry Leibowitz

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