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Caught in a Mosh

It wasn’t until the arrival of thrash metal in the early-to-mid-Eighties that slam dancing — or “moshing” — crossed over from skinheads to longhairs. And one of the bands that embraced this stylistic shift the most was Anthrax, who went as far as titling a song “Caught in a Mosh.” The song’s initial idea can be traced to a particular show in Denver, when the group’s guitar tech, Art Ring, tried to clear a fan from the stage, who in turn pulled him into the audience. “Art fell underneath the kid and f—ed up his back really bad,” Anthrax drummer Charlie Benante recalled. “Afterward, when the paramedics were looking at him, the one thing he said was, ‘Oh, dude, I got caught in a mosh.'”

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