A couple of weeks ago I attended two amazing concerts that rocketed to the top of my “best shows I’ve ever seen” list. And yes indeed it was The Flaming Lips. As usual, they went all out on special effects, theatrics, props, as well as unleashing a manic fury of energy that I’m still spinning from. To top it off, the performances were held at the infamous Hollywood Forever Cemetery and no doubt Wayne Coyne and Co were at their best.
Night One: The Flaming Lips perform their hit album ‘The Soft Bulletin’ from beginning to end with a few extras as an encore. Night Two: they play Pink Floyd’s acclaimed ‘Dark Side of the Moon’ album. Freaking amazing. Added bonuses: sprinkling in songs from The Wizard of Oz during the Dark Side set (click here for that back-story), singer Peaches makes a guest appearance, dancing Dorothys on stage, artistic installations on the lawn, and a special sunrise performance with Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros the morning of the 15th. Another notable highlight was clicking my camera’s shutter at just the right instant as Wayne barreled over us in the bubble. This was one of those moments in photography where you have to choose between putting down the camera to lend a hand or to be selfish and continue shooting. I believe this time I made the right choice.
These were definitely two magical nights I’ll never forget. Bands of the world… take notes from these guys! Enjoy the photos… (click thumbnail to view / click image to close)
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