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Friday 03 June 2022.

Thursday 02 June 2022. THE FLAMING LIPS live at The Forum. Pyschedelic rock band who have released over a dozen albums since 1986. I have seen them live several times before, with the first time at this same venue back in 1999. They always put on a stunning live show. Support comes from HEARTLESS BASTARDS. The name of the band came from a question on a Mega Touch trivia quiz game at a bar. A question asked the name of Tom Petty's backing band, and one of the options was "Tom Petty and the Heartless Bastards". The singer thought it was funny, and used it when she later formed a band. --------- The venue looks sold out tonight. Punky reggae DJ DON LETTS and BBC Radio DJ JO WHILEY were on the VIP tables upstairs. HEARTLESS BASTARDS arrived on stage at 7.45pm for their 45 mins set. They hail from Ohio, USA , and have released six studio albums. They are fronted by a female on vocals. Some good songs but with that band name, i expected them to be a bit more livelier. FLAMING LIPS arrived on stage at 9pm for their 1 hour 50 mins set. From the start, this was one of their typical incredible live shows. They pretty much threw everything bar the kitchen sink at their stunning production. Singer Wayne Coyne sang half the songs inside his giant human bubble balloon, there was a massive digital screen showing images and lyrics all across the stage, we had lasers, lights, strobes, inflatables, they had two drummers, confetti and streamers non-stop left a huge mess all over the venue, a bubble machine, and a wind up bird that he successfully got to fly around the heads of the crowd, and it fell a couple of times. Leonine frontman Wayne Coyne was zipped into his now signature Zorbing bubble from the start – a prescient idea which the band also developed for audience members in order to allow for a handful of Covid-safe concerts during lockdown. However, with social distancing hopefully now a thing of the past, Flaming Lips fans were returned to their natural state – in massed communion with this most imaginative and community-minded of bands. Every song was a theatrical event. The ecstatic " Do You Realize?? " needed no embellishment but was still accompanied by a huge rainbow and ticker tape shower; another of their most lustily received hits, "Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots, Pt.1", by a cartoony inflatable monster. But their delivery was just as brilliant on their darker proggy reveries such as "How??" and the suitably lysergic " Mother I’ve Taken LSD". Regardless of some of the darker sentiments, the show was a riot of light, colour and hope, as expressed on one of their poppier gems, "Waitin’ for a Superman", and the psychedelic gallop of "Always There, In Our Hearts" and a superb finale of "Race for the Prize". This show really had the wow factor , from start to finish it was a stunning visual treat. Full FLAMING LIPS setlist played tonight... Silver Trembling Hands Do You Realize?? How?? Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots, Pt. 1 Mother I've Taken LSD Waitin' for a Superman Always There, In Our Hearts Dinosaurs on the Mountain Red Right Hand (Nick Cave cover) (with Nell Smith) She Don't Use Jelly Love Yer Brain My Cosmic Autumn Rebellion Moth in the Incubator Encore: Enthusiasm for Life Defeats Existential Fear All We Have Is Now Assassins of Youth Race for the Prize