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Photos: The Flaming Lips ignite the night at Boulevard Pool
By Don Chareunsy
It was a rock show with Friday night lights, balloons, confetti, a costume grizzly bear and a unique frontman in Wayne Coyne -- donning a (faux?) fur scarf in the 90-degree heat -- as The Flaming Lips ignited the night at a jam-packed Boulevard Pool at the Cosmopolitan last night, and photographer Erik Kabik was onsite for a super fun photo gallery for Vegas DeLuxe.
The alternative band from Oklahoma City formed 28 years ago and found mainstream success in 1994’s “She Don’t Use Jelly” from Transmissions From the Satellite Heart. Their avant-garde song titles and sonic compositions have brought comparisons to Pink Floyd, and All Music Guide has described their sound as “acid bubblegum.”
Lead singer Coyne’s band mates are bassist/keyboardist and co-founder Michael Ivins; multi-instrumentalist Steven Drozd; and drummer/percussionist Kliph Scurlock. Showman Coyne, who also performs on guitar, keyboards and other instruments, is known for his weird and entertaining theatrics, such as floating in a bubble over the crowd and sharing the stage with animal-costumed characters.
Among The Flaming Lips’ album and song titles: “Psychiatric Explorations of the Fetus With Needles,” “Free Radicals (A Hallucination of the Christmas Skeleton Pleading With a Suicide Bomber),” The Soft Bulletin and Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots.
You never know what The Flaming Lips will do next, but that’s what makes them so interesting and always entertaining.
Don Chareunsy is editor of VegasDeLuxe.com and arts and entertainment editor of LasVegasSun.com.
Robin Leach has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past decade giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.
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