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- Posted on Jul 27th 2009 1:30PM by Ginny Yang
The Atlanta-based garage rockers followed opening acts Health and Grupo Fantasma at the weekly JellyNYC Pool Party. 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.