The Flaming Lips – Toronto 2015

In 2002, Q Magazine named The Flaming Lips as one of the “50 Bands to See Before You Die.”

I didn’t know this at the time when I watched The Flaming Lips performed at Nathans Phillips Square here in Toronto when our city hosted the  2015 Pan American Games last summer.

The Flaming Lips – Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto 2015

There were thousands of people in attendance that night.  And The Flaming Lips with its frontman Wayne Coyne gave us an unforgettable lush, multi-layered psychedelic rock experience.

The Flaming Lips frontman Wayne Coyne – Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto 2015
The Flaming Lips frontman Wayne Coyne – Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto 2015

Aside from the complex stage light configurations and video projections. there was a large amounts of confetti and big balloons released for the fans to bounce around.

The Flaming Lips – Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto 2015
The Flaming Lips – Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto 2015
The Flaming Lips – Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto 2015

There were balloon robots on the stage including a huge alien with butterfly wings, while Wayne Coyne sang Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots Part 1.  At this point, the stage looked like a children’s fantasy park but the audience was just mesmerized.

The Flaming Lips – Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto 2015
The Flaming Lips – Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto 2015

And of course, the show included frontman Wayne Coyne’s signature man-sized plastic bubble, in which he traversed the audience.

The Flaming Lips – Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto 2015
The Flaming Lips – Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto 2015
The Flaming Lips – Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto 2015
The Flaming Lips – Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto 2015
The Flaming Lips – Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto 2015
The Flaming Lips – Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto 2015

 

Then back on the stage for his final song Do You Realize??

The Flaming Lips frontman Wayne Coyne – Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto 2015
The Flaming Lips frontman Wayne Coyne – Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto 2015

Frontman Wayne Coyne waved to the crowd giving them the peace sign.  Then  the band left the stage and the word LOVE was projected on the screen.

The Flaming Lips – Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto 2015

I didn’t want it to be over and I was pretty sure the rest of the audience that night last summer, didn’t either. So, most of us  did the next best thing… stayed for the nightly fireworks.

The Flaming Lips – Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto 2015
The Flaming Lips – Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto 2015

 

 

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