But with the Rock & Roll Hotel heavily staffed with security on Wednesday, the controversial rap crew’s 80-plus minute set felt like tightly controlled chaos. The overwhelmingly young crowd moshed, crowd-surfed, threw beer and water — and a few unluckies were escorted out of the club. It felt unruly, but never unsafe. Let’s go to the tape...
9:38 p.m. — After returning to the stage after his first crowd-surfing adventure of the evening, Tyler complains of getting beer sprayed in his eye.
9:49 p.m. — One fan stage dives and crowd-surfs during an extended silence between songs.
10:15 p.m. — Singer Frank Ocean performs “Novocaine,” but seems reluctant. “I don’t want to stop the moshing,” he confesses. A handful of females in the audience — the only females in the audience? — squeal.
10:36 p.m. — Tyler tells the crowd that he never imagined the group would have fans outside of its native California. A small pocket in the crowd begins to chant: “IN-TER-NET! IN-TER-NET!”