2. Sep. 2006, 17:26
Saw The Flaming Lips last night, along with Sonic Youth. And two other bands that were pretty mediocre. We somehow managed to get seats right in the middle of the ninth row. Sonic Youth
came on the stage before it even got dark out, and started playing before I even registered what was happening. And for a moment I was just sitting there contemplating those rediculous guitar melodies. For all the talk about Rather Ripped being more toned down and popy, there was still an awful lot of noise shaping with elaborite feedback and effects. At one point, there were four instruments all being held against amps, creating a good minute or two of varing wailings and drones. Eventually swaying across the stage, virtually sculpting the sound, all before fading into Do You Believe In Rapture. And Thursten Moore apparently doesn't age, though Kim rather looked like some sort of banshee hopping and twirling about.
Eventually the stage began to take shape for The Flaming Lips
, and I have to say there's nothing quite as suspensful as watching giant confetti machines and light devices being carried out before you. And then the Santa dancers, and superheros, and it all just kept getting more and more insane.
Then, it started.
Opened with Race For The Prize, with Captain America launching countless giant balloons out into the crowd. It was really everything I'd heard about the Flaming Lips live show. Just blissfully exciting, everyone singing along and waving through confetti, and a really good mix of new and old songs. Towards the end of the show, Wayne explained how usually when they play a show theres as much pot smoke coming towards the stage as coming from the fog machine. Because apparently there was an unusally low amount of pot at that point, so Wayne told everyone that as long as they were playing pot was legal, and everyone should live it up. Applause almost as thunderous as the bands speech against the Bush administration preceding The Yeah Yeah Yeah Song.
But out of that whole magical outburst of happiness, I thought the most incredible part of the specticle was Wayne strapping a strobe light to his chest and singing out of a smoking megaphone. The lights created this amazing wavy effect in the smoke, and it looked like some sort of warped laser beam ripping out of his chest. Pretty much amazing.