Thursday, August 20, 2009

The Flaming Lips

Photo by Lea Keohane 2009.

I have been to many concerts, in many different venues. When I was younger and had different priorities, I made it a point to scrape together enough money to see every band that I ever loved that happened through town. I have a paper bag full of tickets from nearly every show I've ever been to. Some day I plan on doing something to give those awesome memories a little more honor than a paper bag. Especially now that I can honestly say I have the most amazing show ever under my belt. Truly. The Flaming Lips.

Maybe it helps that the last show of theirs that I saw was SO experimental that I couldn't connect with it, so my expectations were low. Not to undermine my crazy excitement to go see them again! I'm sure it helps that I have long loved their music, and have enough good memories that coincide with their albums that at least one song brought me to tears. Or maybe it was the confetti, the dancing butterfly, the weird little dancing bunny creatures on the sides of the stage, the "birth" of the band via walking through a vaginal wall of lights, the lead singer rolling around over the crowd in a giant transparent ball, the awesome outdoor venue, the perfect weather, the stunning energy of the band, the familiar and unfamiliar songs alike, the way the crowd was invited to interact, the smell of smoke (several kinds of smoke I must say) all around, the warmth of the crowd and the cool breeze that would make its way through, the screaming and dancing and clapping, the singing along, being with one of my best friends in the world...

So yeah. Best. Show. Ever. Thanks for letting me share. And especially, thank you Katie for taking me!

4 comments:

Katie Babbitt said...

I am so grateful you were there to share it with me - that was absolutely incredible. I don't know how many other bands I have that strong of an emotional connection to. They take me back to so many different times in my life that have held so much influence over who I am now. Moved to tears, moved by the intensity they bring to their music and the audience - Pure awesomeness that I will hold onto dearly for a very long time. This was something very special. Very, very special. Love you Lea!

Stoneweaver said...

I haven't heard of them - but the show sounds amazing. I love the pic of the transparent ball - puts a whole new spin on crowd surfing!! Glad you had an awesome time! :0)

katherynei said...

I was there too and as it was our first Flaming Lips I have little to compare it to. But I can say that we were impressed in every way. What a great night. I'm glad you had a wonderful time too!

Kathryn Usher said...

I've not seen them in concert but I bet they are amazing! I just saw their movie "Christmas on Mars." It was a hoot. By the way I found you on youtube when I was looking for art cards. Your card with the red haired girl swimming in the cool water is very lovely.