Since the Flaming Lips released The Soft Bulletin in 1999, the album has been hailed by some as the band’s masterpiece. But could it have been better if actual orchestral instruments had been used instead of layers of samples and synthesizers? The answer came nearly two decades later, in 2016, when the Flaming Lips teamed up with the Colorado Symphony to perform The Soft Bulletin live in its entirety at Red Rocks Amphitheatre. It was the first time the band played the album live with an orchestra. And, yes, the album took on an entirely new dimension.