Last night, Wayne Coyne emerged from a sea of plastic dressed as a blood soaked Carrie with the theme to Halloween blaring in the background. Coyne's bandmates sported Michael Myers masks and red and black confetti rained on the crowd.
Last night's show at the Greek was billed as the first stop on the Lips' Halloween Blood Bath tour, which includes two other California tour stops in San Francisco and Santa Barbara. There were gore-inspired posters and hoodies at the merch table, and Coyne to powered through a too short 75-minute set, all the while standing on a contraption that looked straight out of Beetlejuice.
See also: our gallery of the show.
"This thing I'm standing on is so slippery from this blood," the singer explained, "but I will get through it!"
While Coyne stuck to his promise, he did appear slightly uncomfortable over the course of the show. When he wasn't cracking jokes about Courtney Love or emphasizing his excitement about spending Halloween in Los Angeles, Coyne appeared to be fighting the cold weather in his bloody duds.It took a while for the Lips to get going after the theatrical opening. The band, only three days removed from playing in Taipei as the final date on a six-night, nine-day tour of Southeast Asia, seemed jetlagged. Indeed, something about the performance seemed slightly off.
Not a big deal though, as this has been a big year for the Flaming Lips. The band is in the midst of touring behind their latest album, The Terror, which thematically and structurally meshes with the band's biggest albums including The Soft Bulletin and Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots. On top of that, the Lips are celebrating their 30th year as a unit, which is quite an accomplishment for an alternative psych rock band from Oklahoma City.