You have the most beautiful face:  The “Electric Madman” himself, Wayne Coyne and his Flaming Lips play Centennial Park in Atlanta Georgia for the “Party in the Park” on May 19th with ten thousand in attendance.

Story and Photos: Michael Plumides

The Flaming Lips:  Wayne Coyne, Mike Ivins, Steve Drozd and Kliph Scurlock brought their frequency-filled freak out festivities once again to Centennial Park on May 19th, a repeat act I was fortunate enough to witness during the 2006 At War with Mystics tour.

A brilliantly lit stage, donning dancing bears and Dorothy Gayles, the giant disco ball, streamers, smoke machines, and psychedelic nudie movies as the piece de résistance to the elaborate projection and laser show – all the more provocative and tantalizing for newbies and seasoned vets alike.

The band opened  with Black Sabbath’s “Sweet Leaf” as the beloved Mr. Coyne made his cosmic bubble jaunt as an Embryonic polyurethane power ball emerging from a sparkling, pulsating, video vagina – then Coyne surfed the crowd in his porta-pod with the finesse of a cosmic orchid thief.

The Flaming Lips land somewhere between heaviosity and melody with experimental facades that drone and crescendo in a way like no other band.  They’re really a psychedelic punk metal throwback that waivers between MC5 and Tiny Tim – but with all the spectacular stage antics that rival KISS or dare I say, GWAR, without the gross factor.  I’ve been going to Lips shows since 1986. You could say, I’ve been to the Dark Side of the Moon and back with the band.

There was no surprise visit from Mastodon (the Atlanta metal maestros cover The Soft Bulletin’s -“A Spoonful Weighs a Ton” on Pink Vinyl) but the show was thoroughly enjoyable all the same. I happened to catch the set in its inception and it gets better with age – like a bottle of bombastic bubbly. Go here for my coverage of the 2011 show at the Fillmore, Charlotte:

The set also included;  “See the Leaves”, “Is David Bowie Dying?”, “Worm Mountain”, “She Don’t use Jelly” “Do You Realize”,  Pink Floyd’s “Eclipse” & “Brain Damage”  (with special guests Phantogram), “Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots – Part 1”, “The Yeah Yeah Yeah Song”,  “Pompeii AM Gotterdammerung”, and “The Observer”.

Also appearing on the bill were Young the Giant, Awolnation, Dawes, and Ponderosa.

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