The Flaming Lips have been at the forefront of social distancing requirements for many years now and now an expansive plastic “space bubble” is a staple element in the band’s live performances.

Over the course of the coronavirus pandemic, the band have upped the ante of their space bubble signature. They’ve performed on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and The Late Show with Stephen Colbert with both the band and a guest audience in their own bubble. Last night, the stakes were raised as the Flaming Lips performed a fully-fledged concert with everyone each in a bubble.

The band played a triumphant hometown show at Oklahoma City venue the Criterion earlier this week. As Brooklyn Vegan report, the momentous gig was both a test for a large-scale bubble gig and also a music video shoot.

During the performance the band cracked off a performance of their songs ‘Brother Eye’ and ‘Assassins Of Youth’ take from their most recent album, the excellent American Head. Running through both songs twice. From what we’ve seen captured in a sea of Instagram posts, the whole affair looked like a total ball.

“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,” frontman Wayne Coyne explained earlier this month, adding, “I’m not suggesting the whole world should do it this way. I’m just saying the Flaming Lips can try it this way.”

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🔮⚪️Big Ballin ⚪️🔮 #flaminglips ✨🌈

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What a amazing and brilliant experience! Problem Solving and finding a way to make things happen, a rare thing these days. The Okie work ethic comes shinning through. The entire process of getting folks into the @criterionokc and then into the bubbles was smooth, fast, and definitely safe for everyone. Safety for the fans was an obvious priority for the band and venue. #flaminglips #theflaminglips #okc #findawaytomakeithappen #records #ontheturntable #vinyl collection #vinyljunkie #vinylcollector #vinylrecord #vinyl addict #recordstore #musicjunkie #vinyligclub #vinylrecords #vinylcommunity #vinylgram #nowspinning

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