Until fellow IAAList Michael #1 and I caught The Sword‘s barn-burning headlining show at the Troubadour on Monday, I believed the mosh pit to be long dead. Hell, I thought all forms of fun had been declared null-and-void at LA music venues. The last time I went to the Palladium, for example, they wouldn’t even allow my companion to enter while he was chewing gum, and after he spit it into the garbage they actually inspected him to make sure he wasn’t pulling a fast one. So, I was more than a little surprised when a nascent pit broke out about 1/4 of the way into The Sword’s set, and there was no swarm of bouncers appearing to break it up. It wasn’t very serious, the energy level definitely ebbed and flowed throughout the show, but it was definitely there and nobody freaked out about it. Is this something that’s been going on for awhile and I just don’t go to enough shows anymore to notice? Are there other LA venues that actually allow pits that I’m missing out on? Interestingly, the long-standing lack of mosh pits has obviously resulted in a dearth of pit etiquette. There were always a few meatheads (or skinheads) that were more interested in causing problems, but in general most people had a pretty clear idea of what their role was depending on where they were (e.g., if you’re standing on the edge you should be expecting people to run into you, and be ready to push them back in). This time, nobody seemed to know what the hell to do.
While I’m at it, kudos to the Troubadour for updating their website. I don’t know when it happened, because I stopped visiting it a long time ago due to the fact that it sucked and wasn’t always updated. The new site’s much, much more pleasant, though I’m disappointed to see that the only non-Ticketmaster way to buy tickets is at the door or by fax.