ORGAN THING: The Flaming Lips have staged a unique pair of gigs in Oklahoma, with both the band and their audience inside individual inflatable balls…

Organ Thing of The Day: You kind of imagine Those Flaming Lips would have done this anyway, covid or no covid. Way way too busy today so here’s a stolen news story that made us smile – The Flaming Lips have staged a unique pair of gigs in Oklahoma, with both the band and their audience inside individual inflatable balls. Each show accommodated 100 bubbles, holding up to three people each, with the band inside their own capsules. The concept came from frontman Wayne Coyne, who often rolls over the crowd in a Zorb ball during the band’s gigs. Speaking ahead of the concerts, Coyne said they would be “safer than going to the grocery store”. Inside each bubble was a high frequency supplemental speaker – which helped prevent the sound being muffled – as well as a water bottle, a battery-operated fan, a towel and a “I gotta go pee/hot in here” sign. If it got too hot, the bubble was refilled with cool air using a leaf blower, and fans who needed the bathroom were escorted by venue staff once they had put on a mask and stepped outside their cocoon.

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