The Flaming Lips in Toronto.

The Flaming Lips – Rebel - Toronto – March 13, 2017

Review and Photos by: Darren Eagles

http://www.flaminglips.com/

Toronto has a big shiny and newly renovated nightclub that might be the best

venue to see a band in the city, period. A few bands have rolled through the

doors at Rebel since the grand reopening. But nothing comes close to the

spectactle that landed this week. Nearly 35 years ago Wayne Coyne and The

Flaming Lips started on their crazy hike through almost every musical genre

with joyful abandon. And TFL brought their “There SHOULD Be Unicorns

Tour” into town complete with all the visual and aural treats that they are

known for.

Right out of the gate, they tore into the soaring string synth sounds of “Race

for the Prize” from their 1999 album, “The Soft Bulletin”. And while most

bands leave the big show elements till later in the set, TFL wasted no time in

hitting the switch on their banks of streamer and confetti cannons as well as

unleashing an armada of giant balloons filled with just enough helium to keep

them barely floating, the air was was filled with them. Their new album “Oczy

Mlody” was released on January 13, 2017 and the 2 hour set featured 3 of the

tracks from it. Notably, the tour’s namesake “There Should Be Unicorns” saw

Coyne parading around the floor of the venue through the crowd on a stylized

and completely lit up cartoon unicorn, interacting with the fans as he went,

and spreading confetti about.

A TFL show is as much about the visual experience as it is about the other

worldly music and lyrics. A monsterous video wall extended behind the band

and long LED streamers hung from the rigging in “curtains” across the front of

the stage and in a few rows toward the back. The strips were programmed

with the visual capabilities of a video wall, but allowed Coyne and other band

members to push them aside and walk through and around them them like a

bead curtain. It was an interesting effect, much in the way Pink Floyd made

their show more about the lights and music, and less about seeing the band.

A TFL show wouldn’t be complete unless Coyne entered his giant transparent

plastic sphere and rolled over the outstretched hands of the crowd for a

striking version of David Bowie’s “Space Oddity” The people in the building

got it. Anyone who hasn’t seen them live should experiece the party. The

show was bright, loud and unique. Sort of like Rebel.

 

Setlist:

Race for the Prize

Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots, Pt. 1

There Should Be Unicorns

Pompeii Am Götterdämmerung

What Is the Light?

The Observer

How??

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The Flaming Lips

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Photographer for Rockthepit Magazine.