Highs and lows for Flaming Lips at the Pavilion

A review of The Flaming Lips at the Bank of America Pavilion on July 27, 2011

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Although they’ve continued to release celebrated recordings in recent years, with their latest albums At War With the Mystics and Embryonic both receiving critical acclaim, The Flaming Lips reputation as one of the greatest live acts in the business will always precede them. With giant balloons, costumed dancers, confetti, strobe lights, lasers, and plenty of other visual effects, a Flaming Lips show can be out of this world. Although there were some highs at their Bank of America Pavilion show, the overall experience was more down to earth than is expected from the Oklahoma outfit.

The Lips show started out in thrilling fashion with “The Fear” and “Worm Mountain” combining with a stunning light show and the aforementioned balloons to create an uproar. Although the band’s cult following looked very cult-like in size with scattered empty seats around the Pavilion, there were plenty of excited fans in the middle to support lead singer Wayne Coyne as he rolled through the crowd in his spaceball on the former number. Even though they followed their grand opening with fan-favorites like “She Don’t Use Jelly”, “The Yeah Yeah Yeah Song” and “Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots (Pt. 1)”, the Lips weren’t able to stir the crowd with as much excitement until the encore. Coyne even stopped “Yoshimi” after his request that fans sing along fell flat, before restarting with a little more pep from the audience.

After the drawn-out conclusion to the main set that came in the form of “What is the Light” and “The Observer” actually reunited some fans with their seats, the Lips returned with “Race for the Prize”. The Soft Bulletin tune proved to be the shot in the arm that the show needed as fans were whipped into a frenzy while Coyne shot confetti into the crowd from a portable cannon. Coyne then expressed his gratitude for the fans through speech but capped it off through song as an extended take on “Do You Realize??” ended the night in a beautifully sentimental moment.

Still, when you’re notorious for being one of the most exciting live acts in music there’s a lot to live up to. The Flaming Lips are so out of this world that they’re more competing against themselves than any other group. Unfortunately, their show at the Pavilion couldn’t compete with their reputation.

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