The Flamings Lips have postponed the band’s upcoming “space bubble” concerts scheduled for later this month.
The in-person events, originally set to take place December 10-11 in Oklahoma City, were to outfit all the audience members with their own personal bubble in an effort to mitigate any risk of virus transmission amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. However, the continued rising number of cases in Oklahoma have led the Lips to push the shows back to January 22-23, 2021.
“Although the Flaming Lips have every confidence in the multitude of measures we are taking to keep you safe at our upcoming Space Bubble Concerts we have decided to postpone the December shows,” frontman Wayne Coyne writes in an Instagram post. “The rising numbers of coronavirus cases in the Oklahoma metro area are alarming and we want to keep everyone safe.”
In a further statement to Rolling Stone, Coyne says that the COVID situation in Oklahoma is “worse…than it’s ever been.”
“We know of an emergency room worker just a couple of nights ago who said someone came in, and they didn’t have any place for them, and they died, and they shouldn’t have died,” Coyne explains. “They were a young person.”
“The mayor is advising us, ‘Let’s not get together in big groups,'” he adds. “I think we’re just feeling like this is going against what our concerts are really about.”
By Josh Johnson
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