The big features of a Flaming Lips show are the human-sized hamster ball for Wayne Coynes “audience walk” and confetti… insane amounts of confetti. When I walked into the photo pit last night small colorful pieces of tissue paper littered the floor, but only in small patches. Then I walked passed the boxes. Container after container filled with pastel shapes both related to Coldplay‘s new album title Mylo Xyloto (rounded Ms and Xs) and others just fun little cutouts like butterflies and flowers. The confetti cannons were strategically placed and I honestly couldn’t wait till they were put to use.
The Pierces, a gorgeous sister duo, were first up on stage. We’ll have an interview as well as a gallery of their performance up a little later this week. Following up and adding a little digi-dance music to the evening was Metronomy. They had some fun lighting displays and the music had me groovin’ but honestly the show itself wasn’t much to look at. It’s always hard to make electronica music fun to watch when most (if not all as was in Metronomy’s case) of the musicians are glued to their soundboards or instruments.
The crowd was pulsing with excitement as the half-hour between Metronomy and Coldplay was nearing its end. The London-based band entered the stage to a nearly dark ambiance with only a few black lights to set the stage aglow with grafitti-styled designs. Light-up bracelets adorned by most audience members started the concert with a dark but colorful lightshow. Lead singer Chris Martin bounded up and down a somewhat narrow stage that sliced through the center of Key Arena. The confetti flew throughout the arena creating an air of whimsy found in their more recent videos and some killer shots.
I will say one last thing: Coldplay knows how to throw a party… I mean show.