Wayne Coyne opened by shouting “this night is fucking perfect!” And, even though he was talking about the uncommonly gorgeous weather (and not the music) he would turn out to be right on both accounts. Complete with moderate temperatures, cheerleaders, a bear costume, a torrential confetti drop, a frontman in a hamster ball and – oh yeah – some amazing music, the Flaming Lips took Central Park Summerstage 2010 by storm. Be sure to check out the lips on their September North American tour and my favorite photos from Rumsey Playfield after the break.
This was my first Flaming Lips show and I can confirm what many concert photographers already know – this is one of those shows where good technique and good awareness of one’s surroundings can be exceedingly rewarding. There are a number of things I would have done differently, such as not allow myself to be knocked off the barrier at the very moment of the proverbial money shot, but overall I was pleased with many of the photos I took during my short time in the pit.
If you’re shooting The Flaming Lips in September, I would encourage you to keep your cool in the pit. Just because the show is insane and they’re are too many photographers in the pit doesn’t mean you get to be dick or ruin someone’s evening when something doesn’t go your way. Be ready for the chaos and be prepared to embrace it.