Ted Leo & the Pharmacists played the second of two sold-out shows on Sunday to commemorate the 10th—-well, 11th—-anniversary 2001’s The Tyranny of Distance. The concerts were recorded by a who’s-who of the D.C. music videography, with Jim Saah and Brendan Canty‘s TrixieFilm recording the show. After breaking a string on his guitar—-and declaring he’d rather not waste the audience’s time by restringing it——Leo launched into a jaw-dropping version of the rarely played “The Ballad of the Sin Eater” during the encore, transforming from mild guitar rocker to mad, mic-only frontman. Returning to the stage after jumping into the crowd, Leo finished the song by dropping the microphone and walking off stage. If a DVD comes out, be sure to watch out for the audience’s dropped jaws.
Check our gallery of photos from the show.