As always, the Flaming Lips delivered on both performance and stage presence. The stage backdrop was large and featured images that seemed inspired by the Kool Aid Acid Tests. The whole performance from lights, stage design and song was heavily psychedelic. The Breathe performance was particularly spacey with almost grungy undertones. Time was absolutely mesmerizing and intense, while Brain Damage was very passionately performed. Finally, Wayne Coyne’s vocals gave Eclipse the hauntingly beautiful tones it deserved. Ironically, the whole performance reminded me of more A Saucerful of Secrets-era Floyd than it did DSTOM because it was so intense, yet spacier than that of the original.
Following the Flaming Lips was LCD Soundsystem’s performance. James Murphy and company did not disappoint at Bonnaroo. The set my have started a little late but the band more than made up for it. The first single of the group’s new album, Drunk Girls, got the crowd involved and they seemed to never stop dancing.
Pow Pow was impeccably performed; while Daft Punk is Playing at My House and Tribulations seemed to keep the crowd energized. The show started to wind down with a version of Losing My Edge that brought out the spirit of David Byrne from the Remain In Light era only perhaps a little more edgier. I simply never stopped dancing at this show and I couldn’t have imagined a better way to end the night.
The best way I can sum up the Friday late nights are by borrowing lyrics from Lady Gaga. Each performance easily “left my head and my heart on the dance floor” and by the end of the night I was completely spent but it was worth every single minute.
Stay tuned for more coverage from Saturday and Sunday at Bonnaroo…