Flaming Lips Sprint Center Kansas City, Mo 4.28.13

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Kansas City, MO. (4.28.13)  The Sprint Center in Kansas City welcomed The Black Keys with special opening band Flaming Lips to a half GA and half seated 11,000 plus.  I shot the 1st 3 songs from the pit, memorized from the pulsating rhythms from the subs and the heavy psychedelic undertones. For the remainder of their 50+ minute set I sat stage right which provided clear sight to Wayne Coyne’s lighted podium taken from one of the “Alien” movies.[box_light] Timothy Finn  of  The Kansas City Star wrote, “Anyone who showed up expecting to see and hear the Lips reprise the circus they had taken on the road for a good six years was in for a surprise. They have moth-balled all of that — the so-called hamster ball, the confetti, the megaphone and the dancing critters on the sidelines — and birthed a new show.The band’s new album is called “The Terror,” and its music is bleak and nervous and urgent and minimalist, the color of malaise and the sound of unease — dark art-rock. Visually, the show is still bright and stimulating, thanks to a frenetic light show.For nearly the entire 45-minute set, lead singer Wayne Coyne nestled and nursed in the crook of his arm a baby doll. Whether it was just another madcap prop or a metaphor for the a newborn live show didn’t really matter. There were other signs that this wasn’t the old show and that a page had been turned. Among them: Steven Drozd’s “thank you” after most songs, which he now issues in a slower, deeper, more severe voice instead something quick and squeaky.Within the context of the band’s long, unpredictable and adventurous odyssey, it was another unique ride. From the visuals to the live music, the show was rewarding, although the sound could have been cleaner (and it was even worse up in the top levels, I was told). They broke up the set with a cover of David Bowie’s “Heroes” that sounded more urgent than the original. And they gave the faithful some dessert: “Do You Realize??” their fabled closing hymn from the previous tours. But even that one was played slower and more solemnly.”[/box_light]

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Setlist:
Look…The Sun Is Rising
“Heroes” David Bowie
The Terror
The W.A.N.D.
Silver Trembling Hands

Virgo Self-Esteem Broadcast First time ever played

Try to Explain
One More Robot
Sympathy 3000-21
Always There, In Our Hearts
Do You Realize??

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