You just described my New Year’s Eve, 2007.
I’ve only seen the Flaming Lips once. I’m not into stagecraft, lighting, gimmicks, and props, so it was wasted on me. The music wasn’t special either and that made it seem like a double bummer. It’s depressing when there’s a big to-do going on and the music doesn’t seem to warrant it. Like a Garth Brooks show or something.