Mosh Pits started roughly around 1975 - 1980 In Los Angeles from the Punk Sub Culture. It started with the Punk Pogo where Punks would dance and bounce up and down at concerts. Hardcore Slam dancing then evolved as a more intense form and then evolved again into various types and styles of mosh pits. It has progressed from fans pogoing around in a group of people to slam dancing, circle pits, hardcore pits and so on. On Saturday March 14th 1981. Slam dancing was spotted In New York City when Black Flag played. Fear the band also made a TV debut the same year on Saturday Night Live.The Skull Man has been rocking in Mosh Pits ever since he was a little Skull Man. Some people may consider this type of phenomena as an Extreme Full Contact Sport, other people see it as a fun thing to do at concerts. Certain types of people think it is all about getting your stress, frustration and aggression out, but the real reason is just a way for fans to celebrate the music by dancing in an intense way. Mosh Pits could be classified as a strange ritual, a tribal expression or a way of how people react to the music. In Mosh Pits, energy is given out by the bands that is felt and built up by the fans and that produces a Mosh Pit. Now the new generation of fans are getting into Mosh Pits and it is growing in popularity. It is a phenomenon that will always be around as long as there is Heavy Music around.

BELOW IS THE EVOLUNTION OF THE MOSH PIT

  • 1976 - 1980 The punks and hardcore people spawned mosh pits and slam dancing.
  • In the 1980's Mosh Pit's evolved with the thrash metal scene. This is where a crossover occurred when music changed fans changed. Glam Rock was popular and Thrash Rock was becoming popular.
  • 1991 Mosh Pits where seen on a big scale when Jerry Ferarel of Janes Addiction started the Lollapalooza tour that went national with the following line up of the first tour was Jane's Addiction, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Ice-T, Violent Femmes, Fishbone, The Butthole Surfers, The Rollins Band.
  • 1995 The Smashing Pumpkins publicly announced that they are against moshing. In May 1995, 17-year-old Bernadette O'Brien was killed at a Smashing Pumpkins concert in Dublin, Ireland, when she was crushed by a surging group of moshers.
  • 1999 Woodstock had some Huge mosh pits and a lot of new metal bands. Mosh Pits where opening up all over the place, they where violent and huge depending on the band and song heard.
  • As of now this generation of mosh pits are sometimes violent or peacefully depending on the style of music, people or song played. Mosh Pit's are supposed to bring people together to celebrate the music and thats what it should be all about.