The Flaming Lips live – Eye Weekly (7.9.10)

The Flaming Lips’ ringleader Wayne Coyne is on stage making last-minute adjustments to the massive half-circle metal structure and other hand-crafted machinery surrounding the band’s instruments when he addresses the Molson Amphitheatre audience to prepare them for his trademark space-bubble crowd crawl that will open the show.

“You’re all going to want to smush together because I’m going to be right on top of you,” he explains. It’s a little like seeing the Wizard pulling the levers behind the curtain before embarking on that crazy journey to Oz — a move that for a lesser band, might threaten to blow the magic act of such a notably magical stage show.

But soon enough, that paint-peeling metal structure is glowing hyper-galactic blue and through a cosmic image of a pulsating vagina that covers its large screen, the other three members of the Flaming Lips emerge, airplane-escape-hatch-style, down a ramp onto the stage. Coyne’s space bubble inflates, and he walks out into the arms of his audience and it’s obvious that we’re not in Kansas (or Oklahoma) anymore.

That’s right, The Flaming Lips (and Spoon) were in Toronto this week. Read the rest of my review at EYE WEEKLY.

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