October 31st, 1981.
There are two versions of this story. In one, John Belushi agreed to cameo on SNL if Fear was the musical guest. In the other, Belushi got them the gig on SNL because a soundtrack deal fell through and he wanted to compensate the band.
Either way, take one hardcore punk band, add in a bunch of moshers (including Belushi himself, Ian McKaye of Minor Threat, and a handful of other punk rockers), stir and watch the chaos ensue.
Fear and the mosh pit dancers caused about $200,000 worth of damage to the studio and were banned for life from ever returning to SNL as performers. Some things are worth it, though. Looks like everyone was having a ball.
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