Early Reports from Flaming Lips at Henry Miller in Big Sur Are...Positive
September 12, 2012
The first words from a cell-phone-adverse Big Sur, where the Flaming Lips just played the first show of its kind - complete with unprecedented stagework and well-precedented rocking - were this:
"Do you realize you have the most beautiful face...
"Do you realize everyone you know will someday die...
"Do you realize..."
That's number one message from Highway 1.
"Wayne says we should embrace all our frailty. Newspapers are important like art is important, like rock 'n' roll is important."
"Best show ever."
Seemingly predictable - The Lips rocked? What?! - but this comes from a Pagrovian who used to book shows with the regularity that results in a basement full of vinyl verification, one of which says, "to the best guy in Montana." The album, Oh My Gawd!!!, is signed by each member of the Flaming Lips.
Safe to say dude's seen some flames lick the sky before tonight.
Then again, now they were licking both redwoods and atmosphere at Henry Miller Library.
Ten minutes later Weekly music writer Adam Joseph registered this: "No show in Big Sur will come close to tonight's."