It's expected to see the Oklahoma City-based band raining a truckload of confetti on fans during every show.
Oklahoma weather had a different idea on Saturday evening.
A few hours before the Flaming Lips took stage, heavy winds and rain pushed through downtown Tulsa and ended the Brady District Block Party several hours early. The music festival hosted Primus, Mutemath, the Flaming Lips and several other acts. Around 6:30 p.m., crowds of concertgoers were replaced with Tulsa firefighters, ambulances and police.
The event became dangerous when the Flaming Lips’ lighting rig fell down and struck audio equipment and instruments. No one was injured in the accident.
Luckily, the stage crew anticipated problems with the lighting rig after the wind started blowing over food tents within the concert grounds. Minutes before the lighting rig collapsed, event coordinators were clearing the stage.
“What’s everybody’s 20?” one man shouted. “Get off of the stage now.”
After the lights fell, Flaming Lips frontman Wayne Coyne rushed onstage to secure equipment. When he wasn’t documenting the wreckage with his cellphone, he assisted his crew and helped lift soaked gear out of the way before the storm worsened.
“The Oklahoma wind and rain was a little bit more unpredictable than we had hoped, and we had a bad gust,” Coyne said. “The whole thing is shambolic and a bit dangerous and we’re working to get as much off of the stage before we get hit with the second wave.”
That isn’t much time considering the looming storm and the massive amount of equipment involved in a Flaming Lips concert, but bassist Michael Ivins wasn’t too worried about the gear.
“I was more concerned that I survived,” Ivins said.
He pointed a few feet away and said he was onstage when the light rig fell.
Flaming Lips multi-instrumentalist Steven Drozd wasn’t so lucky. His black Supro guitar had a shattered neck.
Matt Duckworth, a Flaming Lips roadie, estimated the stage incident affected about $800,000 worth of equipment.
Moments before the lighting rig fell, the crowd pleaded for the festival to continue. The 100-plus degree heat hadn’t stopped them, so they chanted “rain or shine” before the storm started to pick up.
Coyne walked onstage to reassure the crowd.
“We’ll play,” he said. "We'll play."
He will, but it’s going to have to wait for another weekend.