THE FLAMING LIPS LIKE TO PARTY!

THE FLAMING LIPS
AND GNARLS BAKLEY
12.30.06

Bill Graham Civic Auditorium :: San Francisco, CA
Photos by JAY BLAKESBERG







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EVILFUNK Wed 1/10/2007 05:05PM
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EVILFUNK

whatever pays the bills....

Tan starstarstarstarstar Wed 1/10/2007 05:07PM
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Tan

I want to party with them. Sick shots Jay.

saba starstarstarstar Wed 1/10/2007 08:41PM
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saba

cool shots. what kind of camera do you shoot with?

DJ Saturday Baxter Wed 1/10/2007 11:06PM
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DJ Saturday Baxter

nice party favors....too bad the music blows!

Hotchkiss starstarstarstarstar Thu 1/11/2007 12:28AM
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Hotchkiss


you sir need to honestly seek mental help.

toestothenose starstarstarstarstar Thu 1/11/2007 06:37AM
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toestothenose

Jay - sweet work - So much fun to shoot these guys!

Picture 11 is one of a kind - Wayne's smail - the framing - the atmosphere around him-Your location. Excellent picture!

toestothenose Thu 1/11/2007 06:41AM
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toestothenose

Another thought - in picture 16 the underside of the space ship. I would have loved to see the mirrors shot with a zoom lens to capture the scene underneath.

ScIFreak star Thu 1/11/2007 07:08AM
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ScIFreak

Listening to the Flaming Lips music is like shoving razor blades down my throat, it hurts really reallly bad.

madaeb1 starstarstarstarstar Thu 1/11/2007 07:16AM
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madaeb1

Good "show" - terrible music.

Great Pics, though.

saba Thu 1/11/2007 07:33AM
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saba

i like the one of wayne holding the ball in the air infront of the screen(?). had you been to the right just a bit that would have been a phenomenal image. looks like you had great access :)

as for the music of the flaming lips, i kinda like it. it doesn't do a whole lot for me but i can respect what they do. plus wayne has to be one of the nicest guys in rock n roll.

pat5507 starstarstarstarstar Thu 1/11/2007 07:45AM
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pat5507

great pics! wish i coulda been there

nfenne starstarstarstarstar Thu 1/11/2007 08:00AM
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nfenne

Incredible pics!

Soft Bulletin, Yoshimi & At War w/ the Mystics are 3 of the best albums to come out in the last decade! Now I can agree that their older stuff is annoying at best but they have come so far over the last 6-7 years.

They're one of the few bands that can create a cohesive album. Their albums are pieces of art that are best listened to from start to finish. Listening to their last 3 albums in headphones is sonic bliss! And then they release 5.1 surround sound versions of their albums. Add to that trippy music videos and a balls out stage production and you got a rock band for the ages.

Now I'm sure this will piss a lot of people off... but they remind of Pink Floyd. I'm not saying their as talented or as influential but If you look at Pink Floyd's albums it wasn't until Meddle that they started to define their sound. Then they released Dark Side followed by Wish You Were Here which at the time pushed all boundaries of recording & production technology. They're albums went from a collection of psychadelic rock tunes to full out masterpieces.

mcmanust Thu 1/11/2007 08:31AM
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You forgot about Clouds Taste Metallic.

nuke_ticketbastard starstarstarstarstar Thu 1/11/2007 09:06AM
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great pics , man i cant wait to see these guys again. just the coolest show going!

ĂȘtre Thu 1/11/2007 09:13AM
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ĂȘtre

Nice job Jay! The pics make me wish I would have planned a trip to SF over the New Year break.

MatthewAtienza starstarstarstarstar Thu 1/11/2007 09:16AM
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MatthewAtienza

The Flaming Lips put on some of the best shows ever. Talented artists they are...

rulosa01 starstarstarstarstar Thu 1/11/2007 02:24PM
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"ScIFreak :: 1/11/2007 7:08 AM ::
Listening to the Flaming Lips music is like shoving razor blades down my throat, it hurts really reallly bad."

That sounds like it would be best.

flips > you

flamingo1 starstarstarstarstar Thu 1/11/2007 02:34PM
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word

gmoo starstarstarstarstar Thu 1/11/2007 06:09PM
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gmoo

The first time I saw the Flaming Lips, I had no idea what I was getting to. They honestly put on one of the best shows around. Many bands in the jam circuit attempt to put on a show that is 'audience centered' and 'audience focused', but many fail to meet this aspect. However, the Flaming Lips are dead on.

Now for the critics who think the music is terrible. I don't really know who made all of you kings of the music land, but you should really just keep your opinions to yourself. You all make the world a worse place with your hate (I'm talking about you SCIdude/hater). We all know Cheese has put on some terrible shows, but what the point of nitpicking and saying, "Oh well they didn't have it on such and such of a night, so the music is garbage." I love jambands as much as the next guy, but we all know that some of our favorite jambands (don't need to mention names) have very suspect vocals on some nights. So does that mean that you should shove razor blades down your throat? I mean, come on, do the posters a favor and think of something a little more intelligent to add to the convo next time.

BTW, how fuckin cool is it that Adrian Belew is playing with UM for 4 shows, I'll be at 3 for sure...can't wait :)

phunkygemini starstarstarstarstar Fri 1/12/2007 05:26AM
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phunkygemini

Oh wow!! I love these pics. I don't understand all the hating, either. The Flaming Lips kick ass in their own unique way. But, I guess I just enjoy a variety of levels and forms of entertainment. When I go to a show, I don't sit and try to figure out if the band is playing their technical best or if their vocals are dead on. Nope, I just like to be entertained and soak up the experience.

nfenne starstarstarstarstar Fri 1/12/2007 06:46AM
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nfenne

Belew & UM?!?!?! I done shat my pants.

rpmills starstarstarstarstar Fri 1/12/2007 10:58AM
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I was at the show and it was killer. Wayne comes out after a few songs and says something along the lines of: You may think that the Flaming Lips calendar is messed up and why did we only schedule one date on the 30th...that's b/c like San Francisco we have OUR OWN sense of TIME...and we're having our NYE party tonight...so hold on for few minutes and be ready to have the best New Year's Eve ever!!!!

They proceed with the countdown and the balloons...the whole enchilada man, it was truly crazy. Topped of with CeeLo coming out for a rendition of What A Wonderful World (suspect vocals on this tune but it was still very cool).

An encore with Yoshimi Does Battle and Do You Realize was a very nice finish for my experience. (maybe a few others, I left a little early to save some energy for Cheese the next night).

theorb419 starstarstarstarstar Fri 1/12/2007 04:46PM
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theorb419

"too bad the music blows!"
God damn, you're ignorant.

funkmeup starstarstarstarstar Fri 1/12/2007 07:34PM
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funkmeup

Do a little reading about the Lips' creative process and their pursuit of the perfect sonic experience, and you might start looking at their music a little differently. These guys are doing incredible work with sounds. It also helps explain why they do the same show over and over. If you don't dig it, cool- but save the hate. Doesn't do nobody no good.

Awesome pics. Looks like a helluva party.

lizardking1 Sat 1/13/2007 02:39PM
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Iam so glad that i went the cheese that night. i dont care if they had every balloon in the world nothing beats around the wheel

Nima starstarstar Mon 1/15/2007 12:48AM
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Nima

Here to represent the Lips.

flamingo1 starstarstarstarstar Mon 1/15/2007 02:59PM
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"theorb419 -too bad the music blows!
God damn, you're ignorant."

Too bad you're an asshat

MelbaToast starstarstarstarstar Mon 1/15/2007 07:34PM
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MelbaToast

hell to tha motha f*ckin' Yea-yah! Lips rule - f*ck the haters, they just some bitches that can't get down. Awesome pics

MikyT. starstarstarstarstar Tue 1/16/2007 05:57PM
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MikyT.

This show was literally "OUT of this World." Cat Power and the Delta Rythym Blues Band opened with a short, but moving perfomance. Gnarls Barkley has originality and their live shows fuckin rock. By far, one of the best new artists putting out good music. To put the icing on the cake, the Lips whole experience is indescribable. The pictures capture that so wonderfully. Wayne's charisma and ability to connect with the audience is paralleled by no one. He's a Genius and the Flaming Lips Show topped my list for 2006. (and i saw a lot of shows!)

fiveyrold starstarstarstar Fri 1/19/2007 06:59PM
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fiveyrold

ok,first of all...Cheese died a long time ago.. theyre finally doing something about it...quiting! I went to Widespread panic for NYE which was awesome, but if i weren't there I would have loved to see the Lips. They put on a truly unique show and are one of the most positive acts ever! Rock on. whoever said that shit about the Lips and Razor blades can has obviously eaten in toooo much shity Cheese! aaarck. Rock on Guys

fiveyrold starstarstarstar Fri 1/19/2007 07:01PM
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fiveyrold

ok,first of all...Cheese died a long time ago.. theyre finally doing something about it...quiting! I went to Widespread panic for NYE which was awesome, but if i weren't there I would have loved to see the Lips. They put on a truly unique show and are one of the most positive acts ever! Rock on. whoever said that shit about the Lips and Razor blades has obviously eaten in toooo much shity Cheese! aaarck. Rock on Guys

Cottell starstar Sat 1/20/2007 07:45PM
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Ween fuckin blew these guys off the stage last summer. There theatrical bullshit was fucking annoying. They were tryin to make up for the fact that they can't rock worth a shit. Shouldn't of even shared the same stage with WEEN.

DantheJam Thu 2/22/2007 11:03PM
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DantheJam

im feelin the visuals, but ther music just doesn't spin me, i caught the wakarusa show ,grantred i was way in the back, but i still wasn't impressed.

DantheJam Thu 2/22/2007 11:04PM
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DantheJam

im feelin the visuals, but ther music just doesn't spin me, i caught the wakarusa show ,grantred i was way in the back, but i still wasn't impressed.

hiero Thu 3/1/2007 10:26AM
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hiero

Anybody that can listen to The Soft Bulletin and think that the lips suck must be a Rob Thomas fan.

adriennem_2000 Fri 4/13/2007 04:35PM
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I am really looking forward to The Lips scaring the crap out of all you soft-dinkies at Bonnaroo. They are a sick, far-out messed up group that has got my vote, now take yer seats and be happy.