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The Flaming Lips Mesmerize The House of Blues (Photos)

In a world of tour abundance, few do it like the psych-rock ensemble.

the flaming lips
Photograph by Joshua Alvarez

Text, Photos by Joshua Alvarez (@joshua.jam3s) on March 7, 2023:

With a celebrated American Head Tour slowly coming to an end, The Flaming Lips showered The House of Blues in Anaheim with love, music and tons of confetti. Frontman Wayne Coyne commenced a countdown himself, building excitement among a colorful crowd dressed in both casual clothing and unicorn costumes among other eclectic styles of choice.

As one would come to expect from the band, it was nothing short of a dreamlike spectacle. Nothing says fantasy like a giant rainbow that extends from one side of the stage to the other and a singer performing within a giant clear ball before transitioning into a Wonder Woman onesie.

the flaming lips
Photograph by Joshua Alvarez

The Flaming Lips took advantage of their entire discography with hits like Do You Realize ?, She Don't Use Jelly, and Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots Pt. 1 getting their shine. A massive, 20 foot tall inflatable robot hovered over the crowd with Wayne dancing in between and around it, making the best out of every inch of that House of Blues stage. Confetti canons were fired off as bubbles floated in the thousands while digital screen visuals and lasers that made you feel as if you were on a really awesome trip without being under the influence comprised this spectacle of a performance. Wayne addressed a new concert goer and assures them that not every concert is like this, but the bar was certaintly set insanely high with such a stunning performance.

the flaming lips
Photograph by Joshua Alvarez

The band delivered a lengthy set filled with deeply personal stories sprinkled in between songs that were welcomed by the enthusiastic crowd, giving the performance a strong admiration for their fans as well as relatable touch that most concerts don’t typically give you on this level. It truly was an "evening of" festivity. To close the night, Race For The Prize came on and a giant mylar balloon that read “Fuck Yeah Anaheim” floated around, sparking a frenzy among the crowd as confetti consumed the room.

the flaming lips
Photograph by Joshua Alvarez

The "wow" factor and overall level of excitement that came from this show was on a whole other level, as seen by the crowd's facial expressions. It's unlike anything you've experienced concert-wise in your life, guaranteed. From beginning to end, it was one hell of a roller coaster ride that I wouldn’t mind experiencing again. For those keen, the band will be hitting the road to celebrate 20 years of Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots (2002) this summer, and you can find tour dates and a ticket link below.

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The Flaming Lips - 2023 Tour Dates (Tickets)

Feb 28 Vancouver, BC, Canada Commodore Ballroom

Mar 1 Vancouver, BC, Canada Commodore Ballroom

Mar 3 Stateline, NV, US South Shore Room at Harrah's Lake Tahoe

Mar 4 Las Vegas, NV, US Brooklyn Bowl - Las Vegas

Mar 6 Del Mar, CA, US Del Mar Fairgrounds

Mar 7 Anaheim, CA, US House of Blues - Anaheim

Mar 9 Santa Barbara, CA, US Arlington Theatre

Apr 25 London, UK Troxy

Apr 28 London, UK Eventim Apollo

Apr 29 Manchester, UK O2 Apollo Manchester

May 5 Chicago, IL, US The Salt Shed

May 5 Atlanta, GA, US Shaky Knees Festival

May 8 Charlotte, NC, US The Fillmore Charlotte

May 10 Knoxville, TN, US Tennessee Theare

May 11 Nashville, TN, US Ryman Auditorium

May 11 Live Oak, FL, US Echoland Music Festival

May 25 Washington, DC, US The Anthem

May 26 Boston, MA, US Boston Calling

Jun 2 Jackson, MS, US Cathead Jam

Jun 8 Brooklyn, NY, US Kings Theatre

Jun 10 Bloomington, IN, US Granfalloon Fest

Jun 11 Cleveland, OH, US Agora Theatre & Ballroom

Jun 13 Milwaukee, WI, US The Riverside Theater

Jun 14 OUTDOOR Maryland Heights, MO, US Saint Louis Music Park

Jun 16 Omaha, NE, US Steelhouse Omaha

Jun 17 Tulsa, OK, US Tulsa Theater

Aug 18 Inglewood, CA, US YouTube Theater

Aug 22 Portland, OR, US Pioneer Courthouse Square

Aug 23 Seattle, WA, US Woodland Park Zoo Amphitheater

Aug 25 OUTDOOR Bonner, MT, US KettleHouse Amphitheater


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