Local musicians, particularly of the metal and hardcore persuasion, were understandably critical of the crackdown. Brian Fair of Shadows Fall said "I can understand trying to cut down on injuries or fights, but you see more fights outside a dance night on Lansdowne Street [where the House of Blues in question is located] than you see inside a hardcore show."
Meanwhile, Ken Casey of the Dropkick Murphys said, when asked if the increased police attention will affect his band's upcoming St. Patrick's Day shows at the House of Blues, said "I don't see it as a concern for us. Maybe in 1998 it would have been."
Following a City Hall hearing on the matter, the House of Blues has been ordered to put up illuminated signs saying that moshing will not be allowed.