THE FLAMING LIPS + TAME IMPALA + WHITE DENIM @ THE GREEK THEATRE
Photos and words by Scott Sheff
Leave it to the creative mind of Wayne Coyne to take wearing a costume on stage to a whole new level. The Flaming Lips did just that during the band’s Halloween-themed “Blood Bath” performance at The Greek Theatre, making the costume the focal point of the show’s intro.
Like a butterfly hatching from a cocoon, Coyne made his entrance by emerging from under a plastic tarp amid a shroud of smoke and lights as the tormented teen Carrie. With the band playing an explosive cover of the theme song from Halloween, Coyne and crew opened the night with their interpretation of the famous prom scene, culminating with Coyne being bathed by a bucket of “pig’s blood” by a young lady dressed as Miley Cyrus riding atop a man in a gorilla suit. As Coyne stood before the crowd covered in blood and a bouquet of roses in his grasp, the audience was showered in a storm of confetti and over-sized balloons to add to the mayhem.
The eve before their own show at The Belasco, Aussie’s Tame Impala put a spell on the crowd with some psychedelic rock and a visually stunning kaleidoscope of lighting patterns to serve as a backdrop.
White Denim kicked off the night with a blend of music that combine elements of punk, psychedelic, jazz, soul and other genres for a unique twist to traditional American rock.
Halloween Theme (John Carpenter cover)
Virgo Self-Esteem Broadcast
Silver Trembling Hands
Look…The Sun Is Rising
Race For The Prize
Try to Explain
Butterfly, How Long It Takes to Die
A Spoonful Weighs a Ton
Do You Realize?