Flaming Lips Present ‘Space Bubble’ Concerts In Oklahoma City

By Scott Bernstein Jan 25, 2021 7:30 am PST

The Flaming Lips returned to the stage at The Criterion in Oklahoma City on Friday and Saturday nights for their first ever full-length “Space Bubble” concerts. Both band members and the audience utilized plastic bubbles to keep safe with the COVID-19 pandemic still raging.

“The floor is a 10 space bubble by 10 space bubble grid. Each bubble may contain one person or two or maybe three,” videographer Nathan Poppe explained of the setup. “There’s a fancy high frequency supplemental speaker inside each bubble as well as a water bottle, a fan, a towel and a ‘I gotta go pee/hot in here’ sign.”

Originally scheduled for December, the shows were postponed until this past weekend. Frontman Wayne Coyne was inspired by a space bubble performance the band pulled off for a June episode of Colbert. “After that I ordered 100 space bubbles to be made in China,” Coyne told JamBase contributor Andrew Bruss. “It’s taken a while but I finally have them here, so a half-hour ago I was in a big venue where we set up a hundred space bubbles for 300 audience members to be in while we play a show.”

The Flaming Lips used similar setlists for both concerts. “Race For The Prize” opened each night, while the classic “Do You Realize??” brought both shows to an end. The band also paid tribute to the late Daniel Johnston, whose birthday was on Friday, by covering his “True Love Will Find You In The End” at each performance. Additionally, The Lips treated fans to “Flowers Of Neptune 6” and “Will You Return / When You Come Down” from their 2020 studio album, American Head, as part of each night’s setlist.

Watch a brief video recap of Friday’s concert below:

Check out images and videos from the run shared by Wayne Coyne:

Setlist

The Flaming Lips at The Criterion

  • Race for the Prize
  • Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots, Pt. 1
  • Flowers of Neptune 6  
  • True Love Will Find You in the End  
  • Helping the Retarded to Know God  
  • She Don't Use Jelly
  • Will You Return / When You Come Down
  • The Gash
  • All We Have Is Now
  • Are You a Hypnotist??
  • Feeling Yourself Disintegrate
  • There Should Be Unicorns
  • Waitin' for a Superman
  • Do You Realize??

Setlist

The Flaming Lips at The Criterion

  • Race for the Prize
  • Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots, Pt. 1
  • Flowers of Neptune 6
  • True Love Will Find You in the End  
  • She Don't Use Jelly
  • Will You Return / When You Come Down
  • All We Have Is Now
  • Are You a Hypnotist??
  • Feeling Yourself Disintegrate
  • Laser Hands
  • There Should Be Unicorns
  • Do You Realize??
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