Updated: Feb 10, 2021
The Flaming Lips, the American alternative rock band, recently performed at The Criterion in Oklahoma City. To make sure the band and all the visitors didn’t get infected with COVID-19, the band used human sized plastic bubbles. The concert was a success and the band will likely do it again!
The idea for the show came from drawing made by frontman Wayne Coyne in the early days of the pandemic. He never expected it to become an real plan, thinking the pandemic and the following lockdown wouldn’t last too long. Coyne told CNN:
"I did a little drawing... where I drew a picture of The Flaming Lips doing a show in 2019. And I'm the only person in the space bubble, and everybody else is just normal. Then (I did another drawing with) The Flaming Lips playing a show in 2020. The exact same scenario, but I'm in a bubble, and so is everybody else."
It wasn’t the first time the band used the plastic bubbles, they had used them before during a recording for the Late Show with Stephan Colbert. Back then they preformed in a small studio for just 30 people. After this successful trail run, they ordered about a 100 bubbles from China and invited people to come to The Criterion to try them out. The concert was part live show, part video shoot for their new music video.
So far the band and the visitors have responded positively to the concept. Instead of having to silently sit on a chair, visitors could just scream and jump as much as they wanted, without being scared of infecting the person next to them. The band hasn't announced any new concerts yet, but said they liked the concept and will probably do it again.