The COVID-19 pandemic keeps many venues shuttered around the world. The situation has forced bands, venues, promoters, and fans to just stay at home as the virus can spread via airborne transmission.
But the Flaming Lips band, has an idea to continue the show, with inflatable human-sized bubbles. The band’s lead singer, Wayne Coyne, is known for entering a plastic bubble and ride over the heads of audience members at the band’s concerts, and now he has a similar idea for fans.
According to Variety, during the interview with the lead singer of The Flaming Lips, Wayne Coyne – the bubbles have been a part of the band for more than a decade. The lead singer first appeared in the inflatable spheres at the 2004 Coachella festival. In June this year, the band staged a musical performance for “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert” featuring about 20 audience members in similar bubbles. In September, the band performed during “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” with their song, God and Policeman. In October, during the “Tiny Desk (Home) concert” presented by NPR Music.
The latest performance of The Flaming Lips this year was in Oklahoma City at local club called The Criterion, where the Lips played a mini-concert for more than 100 fans while also shooting a music video for the new songs “Assassins of Youth” and “Brother Eye.”
“It turned out more spectacular and more positive than I could have ever thought. I worried mostly that something embarrassing would happen or it would look like it wasn’t safe. Now it feels absolutely wonderful,” said Wayne to Michael Scheider, a contributor of Variety.
To Jon Blistein of Rolling Stones, Wayne talks about the safety precautions that went into making the Flaming Lips’ first space bubble concert a success. He said: “The job of the Flaming Lips is to get you in a room, get you excited, get you to forget about the world’s problems and entertain you for an hour. But if we do that without this pretty radical protection, then we’re going to kill you.”
“I got the sense that this thing (the audience) was helping us do was more than just, you come, we’ll play and then you leave. It was more, ‘Let’s do this together.’ And I think that could be part of what concerts in America, for now, could be. If you help us, we can all do this. If you just want to lose your mind and not care about your fellow concertgoer, you can’t do this.”
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