LIVE: THE FLAMING LIPS– September 19, 2017

Venue: The Lawn at White River State Park

City: Indianapolis, IN

Date: September 19, 2017

Review and Photographs by: Jeffrey Everett

The Flaming Lips do not put on mere concerts, but rather a psychedelic trip akin to Alice in Wonderland. Each song is accompanied by a theatrical theme for nonstop sensory overload. The band is out on tour supporting their 14th album, Oczy Mlody. Showing no signs of slowing down, Wayne Coyne and company continue to push boundaries and reinvent their sound. Having seen them years ago, I was anxious to see what new tricks they had up their sleeve.  They took the stage as “Also sprach Zarathustra“ (best known for use in A Space Odyssey) played in the background. This was Coyne’s opportunity to get the crowd worked up into a frenzy as he played conductor.  Balloons and confetti highlighted the next song “Race for the Prize.“ A massive inflatable pink robot was put up for “Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots.” Their trademark F*ck Yeah Indianapolis silver inflatable was then waved overhead.  Coyne next took a ride out into the crowd on a mechanical unicorn with its rope lighted mane and rainbow colored wings.  He followed up with a giant metal gong, a crowd sing along to “The Yeah Yeah Yeah Song,” of course the inflatable Zorb ball that he got in and went into the crowd singing Bowie’s “Space Oddity.” As the night winded down, the giant disco ball lowered as lights showered the crowd. CO2 guns were used liberally throughout the show both fixed on stage and handheld ones. There was no break in the onslaught of props, which complemented each musical piece. It was a well-orchestrated trip the Flaming Lips took us on and was worth every penny. If you haven’t seen them live, it truly is a unique and memorable experience!

Setlist: Also sprach Zarathustra –  Race for the Prize  –  Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots, Pt. 1  –  There Should Be Unicorns  –  Pompeii Am Götterdämmerung  –  The Yeah Yeah Yeah Song  –  How??  –  Space Oddity – Are You A Hypnotist??  –  A Spoonful Weighs a Ton – Do You Realize??

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LIVE: THE FLAMING LIPS– September 19, 2017

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About the Author: ToddStar - that's me... just a rocking accountant who had dreams of being a rock star. I get to do the next best thing to rocking the globe - I get to take pictures of the lucky ones that do. I love to shoot all genres of music and different types of performers. If it is related to music, I love to photograph it. I get to shoot and hang with not only some of my friends and idols, but some of the coolest people around today.

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