Flaming Lips stage U.S. rock concert in bubbles

Brenda Watkins
January 27, 2021

The Flaming Lips have been working on the bubbled audience concept for months, and used the plastic balls back in October as well.

The Flaming Lips have embraced the socially-distant era, extending frontman Wayne Coyne's famous performance orb to an entire Oklahoma City venue for a two-night run.

Flaming Lips held a first-of-its-kind in-person concert in Oklahoma City over the weekend - something nearly unheard of in recent times due to COVID-19.

Rock band The Flaming Lips has staged unique concerts by placing the audience inside "space" bubbles to keep everyone safe from Covid-19.

The capsules were equipped with a speaker, fan, bottle of water, towel and a sign reading "I gotta go pee/It's hot in here" to be shown to stewards, who escorted revellers or refilled the bubbles with cool air.

The shows were postponed from their original dates in December due to a spike in coronavirus cases in Oklahoma before Christmas.

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"It's a very restricted, weird event".

If this is the future of concerts, sign us up. "I think the video shows it!"

Friday's show saw the band play classics including Do You Realize, She Don't Use Jelly and Race For The Prize alongside tracks from last year's American Head album.

Highlights from the January 22 show included the live debut of "Flowers of Neptune 6" off the band's 2020 LP American Head, as well as a cover of the late Daniel Johnston's "True Love Will Find You in the End".

The gigs were filmed by a professional crew, and cameraman Nathan Poppe documented the process of putting the show together on Twitter. A video released prior to the concert explained the mechanics of observing an entire concert from a space bubble.

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