By Nikki M. Mascali

NEW YORK — To sit in a seat and see the Flaming Lips as I did in May at the Wellmont Theatre in New Jersey was enough to blow my mind with the sensory overload that is a Flaming Lips show.  But to see them last night at Terminal 5 in New York as part of the general admission crowd was to actually be a part of the sensory overload.  Lights flashed and flowed from singer Wayne Coyne’s mic as he towered over the crowd from atop silver half domes.  The band delivered a solid, trippy set that included songs from “The Terror” as well as a fantastic and ethereal version of “Do You Realize?,” arguably the band’s most well-known song.

The Flaming Lips were preceded by an amazing set from show opener — and Sean Lennon vehicle — The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger and more than an hour of the well-received psychedelic sounds of co-headliner Tame Impala.

I’ve been to a lot of great shows this year, including that other Flaming Lips show, but last night at Terminal 5 has been etched in stone as my Best Show of the Year.  Hands down.

Later this week, Highway 81 Revisited will have a full review and photos from Thursday’s Flaming Lips, Ghost Of A Saber Tooth Tiger and Tame Impala show at the Festival Landing at Penn’s Landing in Philadelphia.


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