02 July 2005

Blood Meridian

Unsettling discovery of the week: Four people were stabbed at a Corrosion of Conformity show in Tampa, Fla. on June 23. One man died.

Of course, the media seems to have gotten some details wrong. A quick glance at the message boards on COC's official website has postings from people who actually witnessed the incident, and they all say that there was no mosh pit and in fact, the stabbings occurred near the back of the club. Which is where I usually stand at Headliner's, which is where COC will play when they come to Louisville on July 20.

I'm still going, mind you. But it's a sad coincidence that the last heavy rock show I saw at Headliner's was the High on Fire/Fu Manchu/Clutch gig that took place less than a week after Dimebag Darrell was murdered at a club in Columbus, Ohio, so security at the Louisville show was way strict. So now I know that there will be a lengthy wait to get inside the venue due to the pat-downs and metal detectors that will be out front.

Better safe than sorry, I guess.

Problem is... Metal and hard rock shows attract more than their fair share of redneck macho assholes dealing with their impotence issues and whatnot.

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