“CBS SUNDAY MORNING” GOES INSIDE THE PRODUCTION OF THE FLAMING LIPS’ FIRST PANDEMIC SPACE BUBBLE CONCERT
(L-R) Luke Burbank and Wayne Coyne.
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CBS SUNDAY MORNING correspondent Luke Burbank takes viewers inside the production of The Flaming Lips’ first pandemic space bubble concert as part of an interview with the band to be broadcast Sunday, May 2 (9:00 AM, ET) on the CBS Television Network.
To fill time during the pandemic and to promote the band’s latest album, “American Head,” leader Wayne Coyne came up with the ambitious concept to stage a concert at a time when most events were banned because of COVID-19. The first public bubble concert was held in March.
“I’m driving in the car and I think, oh yeah, that’d be fine. So, I just do the quickest 20-second sketch,” Coyne says, “and then you know, a half hour later I’m like, oh, I got it. All right.”
What he got was the idea to stage a concert where everyone stood in clear inflatable bubbles. Coyne agonized over every detail, including signs fans would hold indicating if they were too hot or had to go to the bathroom. The logistics were intense.
“It’s, it’s, it’s worse than I even thought,” Coyne says, giving Burbank a tour of the production.
Burbank visited with Coyne in Oklahoma City, where he lives and where the March concert was held.
“I call him the Energizer Bunny because he goes to sleep with more energy than me and he wakes up with more energy,” says Coyne’s wife, Katy. “He’s like, let’s go. We got to do it. So, he, like dreamed up the bubble shows and drew a little sketch. I’m like, yeah, that’s cool. And I really didn’t know for a long time that he was trying to make it happen. But if he’s trying to make something happen, he’s going to make it happen.”
Burbank talks with Coyne about the space bubble show, the band’s career and dealing with life moments in song.
“So, I think I’m kind of like that,” Coyne says. “If I’m not doing something, you know, I kinda go crazy.”
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