The Flaming Lips performed their 1999 song ‘Race for the Prize’ on last night’s remote episode of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. But unlike most performances taking place during the coronavirus pandemic, where band members appear in multiple screens, The Flaming Lips broke the mould, performing inside giant bubbles – to a live audience, also housed inside bubbles, all in the same room. The band members, apart from frontman and singer, Wayne Coyne, also wore masks and gloves. Check out a clip from the show below.
Bubbles have been an iconic live staple of the band for years, with Coyne often crowd-surfing inside one. Last month, the band released a new single titled ‘Flowers of Neptune 6’, featuring vocals from Kacey Musgraves, whose video also saw Coyne wandering around a burning prairie in a bubble.
No new album announcement has been made, but the band recently changed their Facebook profile picture to one where they are all wearing masks. Their last album was 2019’s King’s Mouth.
Giant bubbles keep @theflaminglips at a safe social distance for this performance of “Race For the Prize” #PlayAtHome pic.twitter.com/kJfZch8uQz
— A Late Show (@colbertlateshow) June 11, 2020