The Flaming Lips at Riot Fest, Toronto – Photos

September 7, 2014

The Flaming Lips, Wayne Coyne at Riot Fest Toronto - photo by Brian BanksWayne Coyne – photo Brian Banks

Wayne Coyne and his band of merry men and women — mushrooms, butterflies and a glowing sun… — known as The Flaming Lips are one of the most fantastically fun bands you could ever see. Maybe it was the homemade acid candy that the band had shared pre-show, or perhaps some mushroom power, but there was definitely some kind of magic in the air tonight. Wayne Coyne always has a spring in his step, but he seemed even more up for it tonight than usual. The enthusiasm was evident when the Flaming Lips started sprightly at 8:00pm sharp, as soon as the last fuzz and cymbal crash of Death From Above 1979 petered out on the neighbouring Riot stage.

The Flaming Lips are one of the funnest, most whacked-out music experiences of our time. It is fitting to see them pay tribute to Pink Floyd and The Beatles, as they channel a similar sense of fun, love and ridiculessness that these bands gave to the world. It was a total contrast to see The Cure just moments later – a dark, brooding, broken-hearted place at the end of the ‘Lips techincolour rainbow. 95% dark chocolate, after eating a bag of skittles.

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