I'd seen the Lips in 2006 in college. a lot of the same stuff going on... the space ball, the confetti and balloons and so on. New touches were Wayne riding on a "psychedelic horse" through the crowd and a big inflatable rainbow. I purposely took my GF to this (she only knows the most obvious Lips songs) because I figured it would be enjoyable just for how much of a spectacle it is. it really is a good time... and Wayne Coyne is the perfect ringleader for such an occasion.
musically, they were on point. they have two drummers and two anonymous young guys playing keys/guitar/backing vocals. Michael Ivins was there, in the back-right of the stage rocking a Boston Bruins jersey.
Steven Drozd is the best. It's a lot of fun watching him. He drummed on two songs and switched between keys and guitar constantly, and also sang quite a bit. The highlight of the night was Feeling Yourself Disintegrate; the solo at the end of that has always been one of my favorite Lips moments, and Drozd kicked it up a good 2 or 3 notches. very cool.
As for what they played, nothing earlier than Soft Bulletin, from which they played something like 5 songs (Race for the Prize, Spoonful, What Is The Light-->Observer). A handful of Yoshimi tracks (Do You Realize was, of course, the encore) and Mystic songs. Nothing from Embryonic or The Terror. I think 3 tunes from the new album, and one cover (Space Oddity, during which Wayne did his space ball thing).
Not sure if anyone's seen them before on here. it's easy to assume all of the extravagant props are a total gimmick, and I guess they are, but it really adds to the fun. definitely a good show to take someone who doesn't care or know much about the actual music.