Moving into the backlog of things I want to share from the past month, there were a couple of fantastic shows in Sept/Oct. First off was The Flaming Lips! They have been one of my all-time favorite live bands ever since I saw them play the Plaza of Nations on their Yoshimi tour many years ago. The September show was my sixth Lips experience and it was one of the best yet.
The show started as it always does, with Wayne (the singer and bandleader) rolling across the crowd in a clear, giant inflatable ball. You can see his hampster ball walk on youtube if you’re curious: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4frLhgF0YQ4.
From there the band played a bunch of new material from the Embryonic album. I never got into the album too much but it all sounds great live! Wayne had a bunch of new tricks for this show. My favorite: some dude came out dressed in a bear costume and hoisted Wayne up on his shoulders where the two of them rocked out for an entire song. Then there was the outrageous amount of confetti blasted over the crowd by the enormous confetti cannons on stage.
Flaming Lips shows always have so many things going on that it’s hard to take it all in. With confetti, oversized balloons, costumed people dancing onstage, and the giant screen projecting psychedelic video while the band plays, it can be overwhelming. I love this band. I hope they come back soon.