I’ve always said it: the Flaming Lips are the key to instant success with any festival. The Lips have spent years building up a huge fan base and an even bigger live show — and both were out in full force at Sunday’s show.
Unfortunately there are definitely diminishing results when it comes to the Flaming Lips’ show. Having seen them three times now, I realized that the impact of their craziness wears off just slightly. However, I’d rather see them a fourth time than most any other band no matter how many times I’ve seen them. And really, the amount of effort they spend trying to deliver a top-notch show is enviable. Each song involves giant hands, grizzly bears, smoke machine microphones or ungodly amounts of confetti.
And when a band is putting this much effort into their show, it tends to make up for any flaws and turn the whole thing into a grand production. The songs on Embryonic that I didn’t really enjoy sounded a ton better in Wayne’s hands on stage. “Silver Trembling Hands” was fantastic, as did “I Can Be A Frog.” And all the classics that I’ve loved for years sounded as good as they always have. Unfortunately we didn’t get any rarities like last time (“Bad Days”), but it’s hard to complain when the regular songs are some of my favorites of the past couple decades.
Lots more photos after the break