The Flaming Lips

From January 24th-26th, we’ll be featuring concert photography from our favorite music blogs as part of our SXSW 2012 Photo Competition. Starting Friday, visit our Facebook page to vote on your favorite submissions – the winner will receive a photo pass to cover SXSW 2012 in Austin, TX.

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Mike Bandow, in his own words:

“My first show was The Police back in 1982. That’s where it all started for me, a concert / music junkie. From that day forward I couldn’t get enough tapes, records, 8-tracks, yes 8-tracks! I’m getting old! Going to shows to see my favorite new bands was always such a cool thing. As the years went by I got into photography. A dear friend got me hooked up with a photo pass to shoot my favorite band the Scorpions back in 1990. I was totally hooked on shooting concerts from that day forward. It was much harder back in those days without the internet. Now there are much more opportunities if you want to be involved. I got hooked up with the gang in 2010 and couldn’t be happier! My camera, at a show…priceless…”


Mike sent us 3 shots from The Flaming Lips‘ set at the first-ever Kanrocksas festival, one blazing-hot summer weekend in August. View the complete gallery and read the review on YTC:

These shots of The Flaming Lips I took at the first annual Kanrocksas at the Kansas Speedway August 5th & 6th 2011. It was a brutally hot weekend. The temperature was hovering right about 99 degrees. There were people dropping like flies from heatstroke everywhere. I think something like 70,000 people attended that weekend. I had never seen The Flaming Lips before, but had heard about how outrageous their shows were. They were one of the 40 or so bands there. It was unbelievable! How often does a singer climb inside a giant beach ball and roll around the crowd? The had confetti explosions, a megaphone that spewed green smoke, massive balloon releases and more. Just plain wild! If you have never seen them you must.They were the most entertaining band there that weekend.