The Flaming Lips vocalist Wayne Coyne did an interview recently with Brooklyn Vegan. In the interview he explains how something that started out as a fun thing to do, is quickly turning into a way for people to have fun at their shows, while socially distancing.
“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,” Coyne told Brooklyn Vegan.
“We’re starting to get ready to do an actual show where yeah, there’s three people in each of these space bubbles, and we play… We think maybe playing two shows a night, and getting a big audience in there each time.”
The shows are being held in their hometown of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. “The place that we’re at at the moment, it holds almost 4,000 people, but it only holds a hundred space bubbles,” Coyne said. “So it’s a lot of space in there.” He went on, “You fill them up and people can be in them for quite a while. I don’t think people quite realize that. Since we have some here, we’ve played with them and messed with them for quite a while. I mean, even back in 2006, I would get in one of the space bubbles at the end of our big Halloween parade here, and I would walk down the street for almost an hour in one. Yeah. You know what I mean? It holds a lot of air. I mean, you can be in there for quite a while. I just don’t think people quite realize what it is as a mechanism. But we’ve just messed with them for so long, we kind of know that it can all work and how it can work and all that.”
They are still finalizing the details and Coyne doesn’t expect it to work for everyone, but if you really want to see The Flaming Lips, head on out to Oklahoma City!