The Flaming Lips have a career that spans the length of my entire life. I can remember listening to the car radio with my mom and singing along to “She Don’t Use Jelly” in the early 90s when I was a tiny thing.
Luckily The Lips continued to evolve after the release of Transmissions from the Satellite Heart going on to create more expressive albums and inspire countless other artists. After the release of Oczy Mlody early in the 2017, and the underwhelm expressed in the following reviews, I was excited to see for myself how everything translated to their live show and how much of the new record they would incorporate.
The Flaming Lips show is a full audio/visual experience. Confetti guns, large balloons, a giant inflatable robot, a space bubble, and Wayne Coyne riding a unicorn are all things that can be expected on this tour. But for all of the visual stimulus none of it detracts or deters from the music. The set opened with “Thus Spoke Zarathustra/Race for the Prize” and created an exciting momentum that pushed through the set while concert-goers in costumes littered the venue floor dancing enthusiastically. The seventh song of the eleven song set was The Lip’s cover of David Bowie’s “Space Oddity”. Wayne sang from his “space ball” while their curtain of string lights flickered like fallings snow in headlights (a moment that might have made me cry). The show closed with an encore performance of “The Spark That Bled” by the Barton Hills Children’s Choir and “Do You Realize??”