The band brought their tour through Vancouver, Monday, to the Queen Elizabeth Theatre.
As usual, the night was a complete sensory overload. An acid trip which is taken hand-in-hand through the creative mind of Wayne Coyne.
The stage was bookended by two enormous red and white inflatable mushrooms, backed by an LED display, and capped by shiny, silvery length of tinsel, stretching down fifteen or more feet from the roof. Before any musician even took to the stage, things just looked so damn trippy.
The theatre had been adjusted to allow a small, general admission standing area at the front of the house. Seats had been removed leaving a two car-length cap between the band’s performance area and the first row of seats in the middle of the venue. This was the designated party zone.
Wayne and posse soon took over the stage, starting the night with dramatic, symphonic lead into opening song “Race For The Prize” from 1999’s The Soft Bulletin album.
Swelling walls of sound built into a mighty crescendo which lead to a few dozen bean-bag-chair sized balloons pouring out onto the crowd, followed by a thick colorful rain of paper confetti.
The punchy drums and psych-swirling harmonies resonated around the room as people started reaching their hands out in the air to participate in the moment.
“Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots, Pt. 1” filled spot number two on the setlist, the confetti and balloons continued in full force. Three adorable, 8-foot-tall inflated cartoon characters then walked out; a sun, a frog, and a catfish. Coyne even further added to the chaos by flicking reams of streamers into the crowd.
To say a Flaming Lips show is visually stunning, would be an understatement. It is far more than that. It is literally and figuratively a visual explosion of chaos and beauty.
When Mr. Coyne and crew are coming to town, I ensure I am available. They are one of those bands that cannot be missed. They have been around for 30 years, and, with the amount of energy with which they still perform, they could be around for 30 more.
Thank you to the band for a completely wonderful performance. You put others to shame with your creativity and dedication to your fan base.
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The Flaming Lips Setlist
Race for the Prize
Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots, Pt. 1
There Should Be Unicorns
Pompeii Am Götterdämmerung
The Yeah Yeah Yeah Song (With All Your Power)
What Is the Light?
Space Oddity (David Bowie cover)
Feeling Yourself Disintegrate
Are You a Hypnotist??
A Spoonful Weighs a Ton
Virgo Self-Esteem Broadcast
Silver Trembling Hands
She Don’t Use Jelly
Waitin’ for a Superman
Do You Realize??