The Flaming Lips may have just found a solution to the coronavirus concert conundrum; everyone gets a bubble.
During a Tuesday night show in Oklahoma City, the band experimented with their idea of each concert goer being isolated in a bubble. Frontman Wayne Coyne posted a video of the show to his Instagram. It’s a sea of cellophane orbs safely pulsating to the raucous rhythm.
Coyne floats atop the spectators, pumping his fists. “Yessss!!! Last night at @criterionokc !!! Thank you ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️,” the artist captioned.
Drummers Matt Duckworth and Nic Ley posted their vantage point from backstage. “It’s really happening!” they exclaimed, sporting protective masks in their own bubble.
The group tells Brooklyn Vegan that this week's show was not only their first live concert bubble run, but also served as fodder for a future music video. Coyne knows these shows are fraught with risk, but he believes in this bubble solution. “I mean, it seems absurd, but we at first were just doing it as not a joke, but just as a kind of funny thing, and now it’s becoming kind of serious and real,” he told the publication.
“I think that’s kind of the dilemma we’re all in is that are we waiting for it to go back to normal or are we starting to plot, ‘What’s the future look like?’ What is the future of live music?”
Tuesday night was not the first time the Flaming Lips put audience members in bubbles. During a June appearance on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert the group did a test run with only a few audience members enclosed in bubbles.