The Black Lips delivered a raucous performance Sunday at New York’s Williamsburg Waterfront that was greeted by an equally disorderly audience. During the outdoor showcase, Brooklyn concertgoers charged the stage, crashing through the venue’s photo pit barricade. At one point, a member from the audience tossed a ukulele to bassist Jared Swilley, who proceeded to smash the instrument onstage and throw the remains back into the throng…The four-piece has been on a grueling tour schedule this year, which included getting kicked out of India, yet the summer heat and months on the road in support of their 2009 release ‘200 Million Thousand’ did not diminish the Lips’ spirit. Security officers at the state park picked off stage-crashers one by one as they leapt between Swilley, singer Cole Alexander, guitarist Ian Saint Pé and drummer Joe Bradley. Swilley returned the favor by stepping into the mob of fans and was supported by a mass of tattooed arms as he strummed along to such hits as ‘Bad Kids,’ ‘Sea of Blasphemy’ and ‘Drugs.’
As audience members continued to jump onstage and flail violently, concert organizers threatened to pull the plug on the impromptu dance party. However, the group demanded that they be allowed to play one more song, hinting they wouldn’t be able to contain the crowd if their request was denied. The chaotic set proved to be the relative calm before the storm. After they packed up, a massive thunderstorm erupted, forcing headlining act …And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead to cancel their performance.