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Rock band The Flaming Lips performed an unusual concert last week with themselves and the audience encased in plastic bubbles for protection against the coronavirus.
The band performed the “socially distant” concert in Oklahoma City at The Criterion on Monday, with themselves, and every member of the audience, placed inside 100 inflatable plastic spheres because, well, coronavirus.
Performing at The Criterion in their hometown on Monday evening, The Flaming Lips placed themselves — and all attending fans — inside individual plastic spheres. The concert — which was part live show, part music video shoot — was born out of a sketch doodled by Wayne Coyne during the pandemic’s early days, the frontman 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,” Coyne told CNN during a phone interview on Friday. “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.”
At the time, Coyne says, the idea was more or less a social commentary on the state of virus, with the thinking that Covid-19 would never linger long enough to see the bubble experiment fully inflate.
“I don’t think anybody would have thought … in the middle of March that this is still going to be going, you know, eight months later. I think we all thought this is a month, this is maybe two months, but we’re going to get a handle on this,” he said.
Frontman Coyne has a history with big plastic spheres, as it turns out.
He’s frequently performed inside these “space bubbles” over the years, and even got married inside one last year.
So using them to virtue signal during the coronavirus pandemic is certainly convenient for the band — and a terrible sign for the rest of us.
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