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The Flaming Lips successfully pull off "space bubble" shows in Oklahoma City

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After postponing them from December, The Flaming Lips successfully staged their “space bubble” shows in Oklahoma City on Friday and Saturday, Billboard reports.

The band moved the date of the concerts — which saw small groups of audience members encased in plastic “bubbles” — due to the rising number of COVID-19 cases in Oklahoma.

You can see footage of the psychedelic shows on YouTube and video and pictures on frontman Wayne Coyne‘s Instagram.  In one shot, Coyne is seen holding up a big silver inflatable balloon that reads “F*** You COVID-19.”  There’s also video of Coyne’s toddler son, Bloom, wearing ear-protecting headphones, rocking out to the show from the balcony.

The plastic bubbles, which hold up to three people, were inspired by the plastic spheres that Coyne has been using at Lips concerts for years to “surf” across the crowds.  During the show, the band members were also encased in their own bubbles, Billboard reports.

It’s not clear just how impervious to the coronavirus the plastic bubbles are.

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(NOTE LANGUAGE) After postponing them from December, The Flaming Lips successfully staged their “space bubble” shows in Oklahoma City on Friday and Saturday, Billboard reports.

The band moved the date of the concerts — which saw small groups of audience members encased in plastic “bubbles” — due to the rising number of COVID-19 cases in Oklahoma.

You can see footage of the psychedelic shows on YouTube and video and pictures on frontman Wayne Coyne‘s Instagram.  In one shot, Coyne is seen holding up a big silver inflatable balloon that reads “F*** You COVID-19.”  There’s also video of Coyne’s toddler son, Bloom, wearing ear-protecting headphones, rocking out to the show from the balcony.

The plastic bubbles, which hold up to three people, were inspired by the plastic spheres that Coyne has been using at Lips concerts for years to “surf” across the crowds.  During the show, the band members were also encased in their own bubbles, Billboard reports.

It’s not clear just how impervious to the coronavirus the plastic bubbles are.

By Andrea Dresdale
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