Friends Stand United
(FSU) or Forever Stand United
was initially a crew
of Boston hardcore
fans that formed in the late 80's/ early 90's.
FSU has grown
since then, with chapters
in Seattle, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Upstate NY, and several
Since the release of the video Boston Beatdown II, FSU has gained negative publicity throughout the Northeastern United
States. FSU T-shirts are banned from many venues. FSU members have
been accused of starting riots and fights at Boston concerts, and were even blamed
for an assault on Moby.
Many blame FSU members for ruining the hardcore
and punk scene through excessive
fighting. They are known for picking
fights in numbers. One FSU member
was shot after injuring another
concert attendee at a hardcore
show in Arizona. They are also generally blamed
traveling fans who loitered outside the show, but never actually saw the bands) for the violence which erupted at the Pointless Fest held in Philadelphia in 2006.