I read about Astroworld, Texas and the news of eight or more fans dying with more injured. The problem sounded like something I’ve experienced on a smaller scale. Actually anytime spectators try to get close to the stage, the risk of getting crushed increases. I saw Silverchair at the Aragon Ballroom, Chicago in 1997 and didn’t expect what took place. As soon as they came on, mostly girls were screaming uncontrollably and some belting the lyrics out louder than the speakers. At one point the crowd started pushing up against our group which had waited for hours and made it fairly close to front row on the floor. I panicked somewhat and so did some others, but there was security emptying water bottles on top of people and also quickly picking them up and pulling them over the front to get them out of the area. Some were being pushed over and out like emergency crowd surfing. I’m not sure if anyone got hurt like this festival recently, but often I’ve been surprised by the crowd going wild around me in the pit area. I once saw Tool with a friend who watched from the balcony and not long into the first song, my shirt was ripped off from me and aggressive moshing began on the floor where I stood. Those days I loved getting close to the musicians. So with these recent events, it’s important to remember to be careful even when Covid restrictions are relaxed somewhat. Many people are dying to get back into the concert scene. I didn’t want to comment about this news because I don’t want to dwell on the negative, but I really hope the scene recovers. It’s important for everyone in the post covid world to hash it out and catch up with each other. The artists depend on it too since music sales don’t really keep them going and their star power fades. Some DJs have been doing the regular streaming concerts to keep the momentum like Felix Cartal and though it wasn’t my best environment, I found it really an admirable effort with increasing potential.