Fucked Up Eject Fan From Gig for Getting ‘Fucking Out of Control’


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It’s too bad not all mosh pits come with a guardian angel like Damian Abraham. Despite it being past 1AM and his band’s second NXNE set of the night, Fucked Up’s frontman worked overtime from the get-go last night (June 16), simultaneously serving as singer, mic adjuster and mosher protector. All this, just to ensure he wasn’t the only guy in the packed club having a good time.

Within a few minutes of Abraham taking the stage at Toronto’s Wrongbar, his shirt was over his head, someone had lost their shoes, and anyone within a six-foot radius of the singer had been lightly misted with some combination of spit and water from Abraham’s mouth. The three-step lead-in to a stellar Fucked Up show was complete. Let ‘er rip.

The sextet barrelled through some older stuff like ‘I Hate Summer’ and ‘Black Albino Bones,’ but mostly covered material from their just-released album, ‘David Comes to Life,’ including its first single ‘The Other Shoe,’ which featured a surprise cameo from indie songstress Jennifer Castle, who had done her own solo performance a few hours earlier.

Only four songs deep into the set, a wallet was found, glasses were lost and the music became the soundtrack to a rapid-fire hide-and-seek game involving anything that wasn’t strapped down. Despite an announcement from guitarist Ben Cook, Jordan, a York University student as it turns out and owner of the just-found wallet, didn’t claim his goods. All the while, Abraham bounced between making crazy eyes and making sure nobody got hurt as a continuous stream of stage-divers hurled themselves into a sea of thrashing limbs.

As the band wound down their second to last song, ‘Crusades,’ the ever-vigilant Mama Bear Abraham barged into the crowd on a mission, grabbed ahold of a rabble-rouser, escorted him halfway down the narrow bar towards the exit and told him to leave. “No fighting,” he told the cheering crowd. “I’m sure that dude is a really good dude, he just had way too much to drink and got fucking out of control.”

It happens. But with the bad apple swiftly snatched from the bunch, the band seamlessly wrapped up with ‘Police’ before Cook made one final plea for Jordan, who was still missing his wallet. “Watch Jordan be the dude who was wasted,” Abraham threw in. “He’s going to have a rough morning.”

Curiously, the sweaty ejectee was standing by Wrongbar’s front door after the set, waiting to get back in after everyone left, perhaps to go get his wallet, but hopefully to go pay Abraham ten bucks for babysitting.