How The Flaming Lips Bring The Warmth Of Concerts To Crowds, Despite The Pandemic
The Flaming Lips On World Cafe
- "Will You Return/When You Come Down"
- "Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots, Pt. 1"
- "Dinosaurs On The Mountain"
The most memorable live show I've seen was by The Flaming Lips. It was in June 2012, the same day Radiohead's Toronto show was cancelled, after one of their drum techs died in a tragic stage collapse. The week before, there was a shooting in one of Toronto's popular malls, located in its downtown core.
The city was shaken. Despite this, thousands of people still gathered to watch The Flaming Lips play a free show, in the square right outside that same mall. What I witnessed was an explosion of color, confetti, music, love, life-affirming warmth and humanity — all of which served as a reminder that, while the world can be a scary, dark place, we still have each other. It was a healing, religious experience, a common way to describe the experience of a Flaming Lips show.
We talked to Wayne Coyne, frontman of The Flaming Lips, about its new album American Head and how it has been able to continue bringing a standard of live performances to audiences safely during the pandemic, a time when those comforts might be needed more than ever.