Wayne Coyne and The Flaming Lips have always been forward thinkers in terms of their music and performances. And now - they are taking one of those 'ideas' a step further and making it a reality: a bubble show.
The band is planning to play a show later this fall in their hometown of Oklahoma City with the band performing in and fans watching from inside inflatable bubbles ... to keep with social distancing and COVID safety protocol. The unnamed venue normally can have 4000 attendees - but only 100 attendees in bubbles
The band came up with the idea earlier this year and put it to the test for a promotional appearance on late night TV:
According to Coyne:
"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 ... 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."
"We don’t want this to be [a super spreader event] like that Smash Mouth [concert]. We want this to be safe and a great experience. Those are the things the venue is allowing us to set up so we can start to figure out how it will work. The part about playing in the bubble, we already have down. It’s how we get the crowd in and out without cross-contamination that we need to figure out, but they’re giving us a few weeks in this venue to figure it out."