Flaming Lips paid tribute to their fans in LONDON as they played their first gig in the capital for two years last night (July 10).
The band’s frontman Wayne Coyne repeatedly thanked the capacity crowd at the Astoria Theatre for their support, telling them: “London was where it all started taking off for us. Thank you for sticking by us.”
Four tracks were premiered from the band’s forthcoming album ‘Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots’, including forthcoming single ‘Do You Realize?’. The majority of the set, however, was given over to the band’s 1999 NME Album Of The Year ‘The Soft Bulletin’.
The band’s predilection for unusual cover versions continued with a slowed-down interpretation of Kylie Minogue‘s ‘Can’t Get You Out Of My Head’. Coyne introduced the song by saying: “This is one for the people who maybe haven’t heard any of our stuff, and even the people who are here just to do cocaine with their friends will recognise this one.”
Other than the white-suited Coyne, the rest of the band, playing in front of a series of surreal projections, were dressed in bunny rabbit, frog and “dogbear” costumes. The ‘frog’ even managed to indulge a spot of crowdsurfing.
Coyne, who continually burst glitter-filled balloons over the crowd, smeared himself in blood capsules during ‘The Spark That Bled’, and was joined by a glove puppet for ‘Feeling Yourself Disintegrate’.
The set was:
‘Do You Realize?’
‘Race For The Prize’
‘The Spark That Bled’
‘Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots’
‘Lightning Strikes The Postman’
‘Feeling Yourself Disintegrate/Sleeping On The Roof’
‘Can’t Get You Out Of My Head’
‘She Don’t Use Jelly’
‘In The Morning Of The Magicians’
‘Waitin’ For A Superman’
‘How Will We Know?’
‘A Spoonful Weighs A Ton’
‘What Is The Light?’/’The Observer’
‘Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots’, is released on Monday (July 15). The single, ‘Do You Realize?’, follows on August 5.