Originally scheduled for Dec. 10-11 at The Criterion in Oklahoma City, The Flaming Lips’ highly anticipated bubble concert – wherein both the band and their fans would be encased in their own socially-distant orbs – has been postponed due to COVID-19 concerns.

The shows will now take place from Jan. 21-22, 2021.

“It’s worse here than it’s ever been,” frontman Wayne Coyne told Rolling Stone, referring to Oklahoma’s COVID-19 outbreak. “We know of an emergency room worker just a couple of nights ago who said someone came in, and they didn’t have any place for them, and they died, and they shouldn’t have died. They were a young person. The mayor is advising us, ‘Let’s not get together in big groups’ … I think we’re just feeling like this is going against what our concerts are really about.”

Additonally, in a band statement, the group acknowledges, “If you cannot make it to the new concert dates or have changed your mind about coming to the show(s) the Flaming Lips are happy to refund your ticket.”

The Flaming Lips were recently featured in the September issue of RelixRead that article here.

Watch Coyne chat about the bubble concerts this past November below: