In a matter of minutes, the unthinkable happened at a concert hall in Paris, France. 89 people were systematically murdered. Shot dead one by one. Most were fans. Some were crew. But the reality is, this could have happened anywhere. Security at shows is nothing new. Some venues are better at it than others, but you could pretty easily sneak a weapon in to a show.
Most of my observation of concert security is with the desire to find drugs, not necessarily weapons. I was at an EDM show a few years ago and literally saw security go through things in purses and brims of hats for pills. Is security trained to recognize more than drugs? I cannot answer that because I truly do not know the answer.
What I can tell you is my last Korn show in Boston this past October, I saw no security measures — except women’s purses. Those were looked through. Concerts are a pretty easy target for this type of attack. It’s a large number of people in a compact area with their guard down because they are paying attention to the show, not fringe people acting weird.
There is no easy fix or solution when it comes to venue security. Should they metal detect? Maybe. But if a group stormed security, would they get through or get taken out? That’s for you to think about. I’m not sure what one officer could do against multiple assailants. Security does not typically have weapons, the police do.
Every time I go to a venue for a show, I find myself scoping out exits, or at the least having an exit strategy. This stems from a terrible fire in 2003 at The Station Nightclub in Rhode Island where 100 fans, crew and members of the 80’s band Great White perished after pyrotechnics were lit, caught the venue on fire and everyone stormed the back exits at the same time. Many would have survived had they run towards the stage, under the flames to an exit right at the back of the stage. The just had no clue where the exits were.
As Korn fans, the Eagles of Death Metal attack does stop to make us think. Korn has played that venue (in 2012). The Deftones were in the building on November 13 and left just 15 minutes earlier. Whether you are a fan of Eagles of Death Metal or not, the point is, what happened at that concert hall, could have been any band AND what happened to the fans could pretty easily be us.
JM2C – Maze