The Flaming Lips perform for audience inside plastic bubbles

Does the way forward for dwell efficiency imply the audience is encased in particular person bubbles?

Wayne Coyne, a long-time bubble fan and frontman of the Flaming Lips, believes so — and that the long run is now.

For a dwell show Monday in Oklahoma City, the place the group fashioned in 1983, Coyne carried out in a bubble for an audience of individuals additionally in their very own orbs. Video posted by Coyne of the progressive, COVID-safe show on the Criterion initially seems like a clear ball pit, with viewers comparing the bubbles to hamster balls, tadpole embryos and “frogspawn” within the feedback. (The query of how bubbled audiences go about utilizing the restroom was additionally raised.)

“Yessss!!! Last night time at @criterionokc !!! Thank you,” Coyne captioned the video, which has racked up over 57,000 views.

In the second captured within the clip, attendees look euphoric of their mosh pits of 1, with Coyne, 59, singing in a bubble on high of their bubbles.

Before Monday’s show, Coyne spoke to music weblog BrooklynVegan about his plan to play for bubbled audiences. “It appears absurd, however . . . it is changing into type of severe and actual,” stated the singer, who for years has crowd-surfed whereas performing encased in a bubble at his personal exhibits. “We’re beginning to get able to do an precise show the place . . . there’s three folks in every of those area bubbles, and we play . . . two exhibits an evening, and getting a giant audience in there every time.”

Coyne first examined the bubbled-audience idea at “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” in June, which the dwell audience attended in bubbles.

In September, Coyne posted an image of his band’s gear in deflated bubbles — a sight which, if not for widespread consciousness of the continued coronavirus pandemic, would seem like somebody had blanketed a drum set and keyboard in an obscene quantity of cellophane.



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