The last minute stuff!
Last minute stuff is the best kind of stuff. Had I not spotted the poster on the wall in Brussels on Friday, I wouldn't have known about The Flaming Lips gig in Ghent on Sunday. So me and Sara the missus got on a train and booked into a medieval b&b...
The gig was amazing. Totally, unapologetically amazing. I'd seen them a while back in Cardiff, and once in Bristol, but this was unbelievable. Huge bouncing balloons came crashing down on our heads and I've still got bits of glitter and multi coloured tissue in my pockets and hair. The visuals, the costumes, the speeches in between songs. I've loved the Lips since I first heard She Don't Use Jelly, and still they come with the hits - Yeah Yeah Yeah Song, Do You Realize, Yoshimi, Race For The Prize, everything from the new album At War With the Mystics! Their music has depth and is innovative, with melodies throughout - even their instrumental wig outs are deep!
These are the tunes. The stage theatrics make their gigs unlike any other band in the world, and the sense of fun, optimism and general madness is just brilliant. When Wayne Coyne invited people onstage to propose to each other, and two got up to do it to a posistive result, I was quite tempted to do it myself. Kelly Jones from the Stereophonics wouldn't do this.
And even though the gig filled everyone in the room with hapiness, love and kindness, Sara told me she'd have killed me if I had done.