If you don’t believe that attending a concert is a participatory event involving the exchange of energy between performer and audience, you might not want to go see the Flaming Lips. No band puts more effort into creating a mesmerizing, unforgettable performance — The lights! The glitter cannons! The dancing eyeballs! — and lead singer/cheerleader Wayne Coyne won’t put up with crowds too cool or detached to get into the psychedelic-freakout spirit. You will be asked to sing along to songs like “Do You Realize??” You will be asked to provide karate-chop sound effects to “Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots Pt. 1.” Hell, you might be pulled on stage and asked to wear a costume or hold a spotlight. I suggest doing whatever the Flaming Lips ask, and you will be rewarded with one of the best shows of your life.
— Dan Nailen