After giving an overview of the Flaming Lips’ “prolific and delightfully weird” career, the morning show took viewers backstage and in preproduction of the concerts, held in March 2021 — the second in a series of the unique shows, after January 2021’s debut performances — at Oklahoma City’s Criterion venue.
As Coyne revealed to CBS Sunday Morning’s Luke Burbank, the idea first came to him — in 2019, prior to the pandemic — while sitting in traffic, and he sketched what a bubble concert would look like on a sheet of paper. He then developed the idea during the lockdown,
Of the logistics involved in holding a “space bubble concert,” Coyne admitted, “It’s worse than I even thought.”
“It sounds hokey but I say you have to do this stuff with love,” he added. “You can’t do it with the ego reasons or the money reasons; you have to do everything with love.”
In December 2020, after the initial run of “space bubble concerts” were postponed due to a spike in Covid-19 cases, Coyne told Rolling Stone, “I don’t want anybody to think this is some kind of fucking freak party. It’s a very restricted, weird event. But the weirdness is so we can enjoy a concert before putting our families and everybody at risk. And I think it can actually work, but just not when it’s this serious here. I think it’s a bit of a new normal — you might go to a show, you might not, but I think we’re going to be able to work it out.”