Revention Music Center
September 29, 2017
The Flaming Lips put on one of the best shows you’ll ever see.
Assuming you’re into psychedelic rock, their music is quite good. But no matter your musical leanings, the Lips’ live performances are legendary. You could wear noise-canceling earmuffs to a show, and you’d still end up seeing one of the most entertaining live performances of any act in the business these days.
Friday night, at a packed Revention Music Center, Wayne Coyne and his band pulled out all the stops for their latest visit to the Bayou City, where they have become favorites at festivals and venue grand openings.
During “Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots,” a gigantic, inflatable robot took center stage as Coyne sang of a young girl fighting for her survival. He even slapped the robot’s groin to cheers from the crowd. Coyne later disappeared backstage before re-emerging in the crowd, sitting atop a plastic riding horse for “There Should Be Unicorns,” a track from the band’s latest release, Oczy Mlody.
With 14 albums to their name, the Lips are never at a loss when it comes to putting together a set list. Nonetheless, the Oklahoma rockers found space in Friday’s show to pay tribute to a recently deceased legend when they performed “Space Oddity” halfway through their show.
The Lips’ set was short, all things considered, spanning only 11 songs in roughly an hour. But it was so dense, jam-packed with lights and props, that when it was all over, no one leaving the venue thought anything of it.
Half the crowd cheered; the other half groaned. His personality notwithstanding, Demarco’s music was well-received overall, save for a man in the back who wouldn’t stop jeering.
Race for the Prize
Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots, Pt. 1
There Should Be Unicorns
Pompeii Am Götterdämmerung
The Yeah Yeah Yeah Song
Space Oddity (David Bowie cover)
Are You a Hypnotist??
A Spoonful Weighs a Ton
Do You Realize??