Bell X1 cover Flaming Lips at Oxegen Festival

Irish heroes also debut two new songs on own turf

Bell X1 cover Flaming Lips at Oxegen Festival
Bell X1 debuted two new songs and covered The Flaming Lips during their Oxegen headline show at the Oxegen Festival's Green Room Stage.

The band played new songs 'How Your Heart Is Wired' and 'The Great Defector' and ended their set with a cover of The Flaming Lips' 'Do You Realize?'.

The popular County Kildare band enjoyed something of a homecoming reception as they played their first Irish show of 2008.

After opener 'Bad Skin Day', frontman Paul Noonan told the crowd: "Thanks so much, we haven't seen you in ages. You're looking lovely."

The band then proceeded to play a set mostly taken from their last two albums, 2005's 'Flock' and 2003's 'Music In Mouth'.

Introducing the new songs, Noonan said: "We've been away a while and we've been milking these songs for a while so here's some new ones."

He added: "I know it's the last thing that people want to hear at festivals, but these are new, is that okay?"

Silence followed before Noonan quipped: "OK, the silent majority have spoken, but here they are anyway."

The singer also made reference to the band's lucky escape when their tour bus caught on fire during a US tour last March.

Both Noonan and guitarist Dave Geraghty were on board the coach, which was engulfed in flames following a show in Boston. The duo exited the bus after smelling smoke.

Introducing Irish hit single 'Flame', Noonan said: "We played this song so good in the States, so sick, that our tour bus went on fire. The song just caught on, like flames. So watch out folks, this one is incendiary!"

The band closed their set with The Flaming Lips' 'Do You Realize?', which they added onto the end of 'I'll See Your Heart, And I'll Raise You Mine'.

They also covered Don Henley's 'The Boys of Summer' following opener 'Bad Skin Day'.

Bell X1 played:

'Bad Skin Day'
'The Boys Of Summer'
'My First Born For A Song'
'Snakes And Snakes'
'How Your Heart Is Wired'
'Eve, The Apple Of My Eye'
'The Great Defector'
'White Water Song'
'Rocky Took A Lover'
'Alphabet Soup'
'I'll See Your Heart, And I'll Raise You Mine'
'Do You Realize?'

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