Observing the Twentieth Anniversary of the Riverport Riot with the Ten Best Concert Brawls

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5. Nirvana: It's a State of Mind

An overzealous security guard got a little too rough trying to fish Kurt Cobain from the crowd. The prophet of grunge responded with a Fender to the head. It went downhill from there.

4. Glen Danzig Gets KTFO

It's a bit difficult to maintain that edgy, evil persona after the world sees you get dropped from one punch. However, Danzig later explained that he let the guy knock him out so he could avoid getting sued if he retaliated. Sure you did, Glen.

3. Keith Richards is Hardcore, Period.

Besides his superhuman tolerance for pharmaceutical delights, Keith also enjoys snorting his dead father's ashes, sailing with pirates and swinging his guitar like a freaking battle axe at wayward fans.

2. You Just Got Owned by Billie Joe Armstrong

Who says Green Day is more pop than punk? Okay so maybe a lot of people do, but watch this video as Armstrong goes full on kamikaze and dive bombs an unruly fan with an epic dropkick from the stage.

1. The Maynard Choke

Many fans of Tool may not know that frontman Maynard James Keenan has his purple belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu under Rickson Gracie and that he's even been featured in Black Belt Magazine. Obviously, the fan in this clip wasn't aware of that.

However, this video earns the top spot for its uncanny marriage of song and action. A young man rushes the stage during Pushit, whose lyrics include the following:

I will choke until I swallow...
Choke this infant here before me.
What is this but my reflection?
Who am I to judge and strike you down?

And what happens? Maynard Judo flips the kid to the ground before securing a rear naked choke and squeezing the air right out of him. Now that's a wicked case of life imitating art.

Keenan never misses a beat either. He just keeps performing. Classic.

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The bouncer who pulled Cobain out of the crowd was pissed off at him from an earlier incident.  That is why he punches him and Kurt fights back.


I think that GG Allin's final show should be represented here.  He played two songs, punched out a bunch of people, trashed the club, and then caused a riot in the street.  Then he went to the apartment where he was staying, overdosed and died.  It's all easily findable on YouTube.


This happens at fubar all the time. It's always a guy named Boke( who has a face tattoo of a harp) He usually finds someone smaller and beats them up, then his little buddies crowd around and stomp the poor kid after he is done. It's always at hardcore shows.  Bring your cameras to the next Harm's Way show and you will be in for a treat.  if it's not this guy it's the hardcore crew BDC, who are friends with this big fat gun toting joker.  They always go to shows and don't pay to get in. The poor door guys don't stand a chance against these thugs. I am pretty sure this boke guy has a record in california and it is amazing he has't been arrested yet.  What a dumb piece of crap this guy is.  Worthless. Hopefully he will OD and choke on his own vomit.

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I remember when Converge used to be good.

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