Taking sides: What's the craziest concert you've seen?
Anyone who's been to a Monotonix concert has a story about it. Probably a few. When the Israeli garage-blues trio plays, it's a no-barriers, in-your-face-experience. Like, literally in your face and not in a pleasant way. Yes, we are talking about finding yourself eye-to-butt with the hirstute, sweaty rear end of gangly lead "singer" Ami Shalev. Maybe it will be something more innocuous, such as Shalev grabbing a beer out of your hands and pouring it down the front of his pants. Or perhaps Shalev will simply get the trash can out of the venue's restroom and dump all of its contents on the band's poor drummer. There will be no "safe spot" at Comet Ping Ping if you choose to see tomorrow's show.
So this got us thinking -- what's the craziest concert we've been to? Our answers below.
Chris Richards: I'm pretty sure it was the spring of 2000 at the old Black Cat, a few doors down from where the club is located today. I had gone to see XBXRX, a then-teenage noise band from Mobile, Alabama, perform an ill-attended show on the Black Cat's backstage. In our midst, however, was Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam, who was in town for a Washington-area gig the next night. The kids in XBXRX did their thing -- which meant playing pre-recorded game show-ish music between songs and running out into the crowd to antagonize their fans. They would mock-waltz with people, shadow box with them, stuff like that. Vedder, however, was approached by the band's drummer, lifted off the ground and body-slammed on the dance floor. Everyone gasped. Vedder quickly hopped back up with a huge smile on his face. I have had the utmost respect for him ever since.
Allison Stewart: I know she doesn't sing or anything, but I saw Karen Finley one time, and I haven't been able to eat a yam since. She told a lot of performance-art-y stories about various sexual encounters (that she'd had? That other people had had? I can't remember) and made them seem horrifying and dull at the same time. A lot of the audience started to leave, and she yelled at them. Then she covered herself in honey and writhed around onstage while "Ring My Bell" played. There was more-those are just the parts I haven't blocked out.
David Malitz: I've done well (or not?) to avoid truly chaotic scenes over the course of my concert-going career. Each time I saw Monotonix would rank near the top, especially a 2008 show at the Red & the Black that was opened by marching band on acid Dark Meat. But another show at the Red & the Black springs to mind. It was October 2007 and garage duo King Khan & BBQ Show was playing. But first local punk hellraisers the Points played and it got plenty unruly during their set. Blood, ejections, ceiling fans in danger of falling to the ground, sound person unplugging the band's equipment to force them to stop. When King Khan & BBQ took the stage, things got rowdier. The sound was awful (there was one person to be bartender/soundman), the band was frustrated and was ready to start a fight with anyone. And all the while King Khan is wearing a skin-tight black mini-dress and a purple wig. It ended without violence, just some middle fingers and an abbreviated set.
Over to you, dear reader. What's the craziest concert you've ever seen? Let us know in the comments.
| February 3, 2011; 2:10 PM ET
Categories: Taking sides | Tags: Monotonix
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