"Death From Above 1979 playing South By Southwest! OMFG!!!!"
That was probably what ran through many minds on Saturday night when the Toronto duo played a surprise show at Austin, Texas' Beauty Bar as part of this year's SXSW. As you might expect, tons of people showed up, seeing as it was the first reunion show the band had played since announcing they were getting back together earlier this. Too many people showed up, in fact.
Beauty Bar is a tiny venue with an alleyway behind the bar, which prompted hundreds of people to show up outside and watch the set in the alley and behind the venue. Later, a bunch of people teared the fence next to Beauty Bar down.
CBC Radio 3's Lana Gay reports cops on horseback showed up and tried to
disperse people outside the venue. The situation seems to have gotten a
little gnarly because Gay reports pepper spray was used on some people in the crowd.
Inevitably, the cops also made their way on stage, telling the band if the alleyway behind Beauty Bar wasn't cleared, the entire gig would be stopped in 10 minutes time. The police asked DFA to stop the gig for 10 minutes while they cleared the alleyway. You can see footage of that below (note DFA tour manager Darrin Pfeiffer trying to get everyone to calm down).
Check out a news report full of good old-fashioned media hysteria below:
You can see Death From Above 1979 at London, England's HMV Forum on May 4 and 5. But be careful because oh noes, people may riot!