June 6th, 2012
Staff Notes and Photos: Technical Difficulties
The Flaming Lips were pretty good at this past weekend’s Free Press Summer Fest 2012. With significant tech issues, they ended up playing bits of the encore (i.e. a couple of hits) up front, to keep the crowd mollified.
Their rendition of The Dark Side of the Moon itself—interesting. When experimenting with such a well known piece, the question inevitably arises, “Where’s the line in being faithful vs. putting your own stamp on it?” Obviously there’s a challenge there. The Flaming Lip’s “failure” was largely a function of not being cynical/angry enough and that’s hardly a fault.