The Flaming Lips want to put you in a bubble

Frontman Wayne Coyne's ingenuity is on full display for this COVID-safe show

October 9, 2020

The Flaming Lips are adapting to COVID times with a plan to throw a coronavirus-safe concert in where fans can enjoy tunes from the safety of giant bubbles.

Frontman Wayne Coyne posted an awe inspired perspective shot of un-inflated bubbles organized in rows on a concert hall floor. His sparse caption let’s the image do all the talking. “....”

Coyne expanded more on the group’s concept during a recent interview with Brooklyn Vegan. “I mean, it seems absurd, but we at first were just doing it as not a joke, but just as a kind of funny thing, and now it’s becoming kind of serious and real,” he told the publication. “I think that’s kind of the dilemma we’re all in is that are we waiting for it to go back to normal or are we starting to plot, ‘What’s the future look like?’ What is the future of live music?”

Wayne says they plan to hold the bubble show in Oklahoma City, the band’s hometown. It seems the eccentric musician has even nailed down specific details for the concert. “The place that we’re at at the moment, it holds almost 4,000 people, but it only holds a hundred space bubbles,” he said.
“So it’s a lot of space in there.”

It looks as if the group has been practicing what they preach. Coyne posted a picture back in September of individual bubbles protecting each band member during an apparent rehearsal.

Go back even further to The Flaming Lips’ June appearance on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert. While a Flaming Lips show isn’t complete without Wayne exploring the crowd in a bubble, the performance featured an actual crowd.

Each audience member jammed out inside their own individual bubble, just like Coyne, as they performed “Race For Their Prize” from their 1999 album The Soft Bulletin.

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