After a long day of 85 degree heat and humidity, the crowd for The Flaming Lips on Saturday night was a bit unresponsive. BUT, the performance was incredible! I myself was exhausted and sort of just staring in awe. But I loved the tunes I knew as well as the ones I didn’t, and front man Wayne Coyne had some positive messages to share between songs.
To start the set, Coyne came onto the stage inside a gigantic clear bubble and rolled around on the hands of the excited crowd in front. Once the bubble popped, he started into the set with “Fear” followed by “Worm Mountain”. The screen on the back of the stage mostly flashed lots of colors and patterns and occasionally a happy naked woman dancing or running. The crowd managed to sing along to “She Don’t Use Jelly” and “The Yeah Yeah Yeah Song”, but it was clear we couldn’t muster the energy Coyne was used to at his shows. He kept trying to pump up the crowd and get us involved, but between the heat, the lack of sleep, and the drugs, nobody seemed up to the challenge.
Dozens of giant colorful balloons filled with confetti were sent out into the audience and volleyed around until they popped and towards the end of the set, the stage seemed to explode into a cloud of confetti! “Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots Pt. 1” was a crowd pleaser and a gorgeous “Do You Realize” finale left everyone with a smile on their sleepy faces.
These guys are definitely an act I’d love to see again when I have more energy!