Flaming Lips – Photo by Robert Altman

The thing about a Flaming Lips show is you always have an idea of what you’re getting yourself into, but you never really know what you’re getting yourself into. Confetti and Wayne Coyne’s theatrics?—those are a given. But a Matrix-esque glittery backdrop, a giant mass of wires and pillowy fabrics rooting the mic to the stage and…a baby? It’s always an adventure these guys.
Opening for the Lips were Tame Impala. They paid heavy tribute to their instrumentals, playing for long bouts of time without any vocals, letting the lights and vibrations take center stage. Sean Lennon’s succinctly named act, The Ghost Of A Saber Tooth Tiger, also brought their spectacle game. They were quite gracious in thanking the Lips and Tame Impala for having Ghost along for the trippy ride. And they further humbly noted that it was an honor to be playing the venue. Then at one point they brought a man onstage whom they claimed was the inspiration for Bob Dylan’s Tambourine Man), which perhaps pointed out Lennon’s not-so-humble origins? Saturated in colorful lights, both openers got the crowd grooving to their percussion-heavy, psyched-out tuneage before Coyne and crew dialed the glitz up to infinity.
Photos by Robert Altman and Emily Korn.
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