8 crazy onstage pyro moments

June 17, 2015

“It is not light that we need, but fire; it is not the gentle shower, but thunder” said Frederick Douglass in 1852, clearly talking about heavy metal shows.

Yes, ever since man discovered fire, we yearned to put it into the service of rock concerts, because even in those ancient times, we sensed how rad that would be. If only the unknown 7th century Chinese person who invented fireworks could see us now. You are gone but not forgotten, nameless hero, as long as we can engulf a bass guitarist in a giant fireball. Here then are 8 of the greatest examples of pyrotechnics in action.

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