Flaming Lips frontman Wayne Coyne has been using a space bubble at shows for years to walk out atop the crowd. But when COVID-19 hit, Coyne imagined a show where the whole band and the audience were in bubbles. It started as just a drawing he made into a Flaming Lips t-shirt, and then they did actual small scale versions of it for taped performances on Colbert and Fallon to support the band's new album, American Head. Now The Flaming Lips are planning an actual concert in their hometown of Oklahoma City where the audience will be in giant bubbles.
"I mean, it seems absurd, but we at first were just doing it as not a joke, but just as a kind of funny thing, and now it's becoming kind of serious and real," Wayne tells us. "We're starting to get ready to do an actual show where yeah, there's three people in each of these space bubbles, and we play... We think maybe playing two shows a night, and getting a big audience in there each time."