Flaming Lips Live Debuted 2 New Songs During Bubble Test Concert

The COVID pandemic has ceased live events as we know it, but innovative rockers The Flaming Lips are trying to get ahead of the game by introducing a new way to experience concerts. The technique isn't necessarily new for frontman Wayne Coyne, who has been performing in a life-size bubble for over a decade now.
“I think that’s kind of the dilemma we’re all in is that are we waiting for it to go back to normal or are we starting to plot, ‘What’s the future look like? What is the future of live music?’” - Coyne
The FL want to apply the bubble concept not only for the whole band, but for the audience as well. They don't just WANT to do it, they've already executed their idea since conceptualizing it at the beginning of the pandemic. On Monday (October 12) they were able to give it a real life GO in their hometown of Oklahoma City.
The test show featured participants in their allotted bubbles, mirroring the band members. As an extra safety precaution, they were asked to wear a mask and social distance anytime they were outside of the bubble. You'll have to see it to believe it, so see it HERE:

When asked about how long oxygen lasts in the bubble, Coyne explained that people can easily breathe normal in the bubble for at least two hours. One burning question still remains on fans minds tho - HOW does one go to the bathroom? TBD.
As for the setlist they unleashed that night at The Criterion? Well it featured two songs, technically four because each song was played twice. The songs were both live debuts off of their most recent album American Head - "Brother Eye" and "Assassins of Youth." It dropped just last month on September 11th to praise across the board.
Listen to the new album below, close your eyes, and imagine hearing it live while bouncing around in a "Bubble Boy" contraption because The Flaming Lips believe this could be a new way of concerting in COVID times, which keeps refusing to give us an end date in sight.

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