Island Stage, Guelph ON, July 28
Abraham, ever the showman, was equally rowdy, but also paused a few times to share some choice anecdotes about barfing up hamburgers or getting ditched by Riff Raff in favour of Justin Bieber. A veteran performer at the festival, he had kind words to say about Hillside, noting how awesome it was that his toddler had been able to join a parade earlier in the afternoon — but warning that "If you see your kid in a parade at Glastonbury, call the police."
The band tossed around a couple of new songs, including one that was dedicated to the bandmates' kids and one for which the audience was instructed to yell along: "It's the privilege of mass delusion." The set was rounded out with "I Hate Summer," "Son the Father" and ender "The Other Shoe," for which Abraham's tiny child made a guest appearance on stage. It was a short, but phenomenal set by a band that genuinely evokes the good vibes and camaraderie of a festival like Hillside — Abraham stuck around on stage for a few minutes after, ensuring articles of clothing in the mosh were returned to their rightful owners — but puts on a more exciting show than most acts on the line-up.
Check out our gallery of photos from Hillside 2013 here.
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