THE FLAMING LIPS continue to confirm additional concert dates to their current summer itinerary. All dates are listed below. The LIPS are fresh off their very special two-night engagement in Los Angeles at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery where they played to ecstatic capacity crowds, The band performed THE SOFT BULLETIN in its entirety the first night and their version of Pink Floyd's THE DARK SIDE OF THE MOON (including spectacular vocal assistance from Peaches on a pair of Dark Side songs) on the second night. In addition, the LIPS added a brief, stripped-down sunrise performance on the cemetery's front lawn with assistance from Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros on the morning of June 15th. Each of these events has been heavily documented in the media so check out YouTube for highlights.
An exclusive Flaming Lips (life-size) Gummy Skull, with USB drive featuring "The Soft Bulletin: Live La Fantastique de Institution 2011," was available for this event. It's very possible that some of these special Skulls may remain in stock so double check the LIPS Official Store and grab it up before it's gone...forever.
Possibly the most exciting news of the summer is the confirmation of a pair of NY area co-headline shows with Weezer July 28, at PNC Bank Arts Center and July 29, at Nikon at Jones Beach Theater. This will be a first for both bands as they will take the stage together and trade off songs. Naturally, these will be very special events and most likely will never happen again. The only thing that can be predicted is to expect the unpredictable. Yeasayer will provide support.
Commenting on these shows Wayne Coyne remarked: "The Flaming Lips and Weezer are playing a show together...where they are actually playing together." "I asked Wayne if he has an extra bubble I could ride in," dared Weezer's Rivers Cuomo. Needless to say don't miss these unprecedented, monumental happenings.
Complete list of confirmed dates are as follows:
Wed July 27 Bank Of America Pavilion Boston, MA
Thur July 28 PNC Bank Arts Center Holmdel, NJ
(w/ LipsWeezer/WeezerLips Extravaganza & Yeasayer)
Fri July 29 Nikon and Jones Beach Wantagh, NY
(w/ LipsWeezer/WeezerLips Extravaganza & Yeasayer)
Sun July 31 Osheaga Festival Montreal, Canada
(Featuring a special performance of "The Soft Bulletin" and more)
Wed Aug 3 Red Rocks Amphitheater Morrison, CO
(w/ Primus - Special performance of "Dark Side Of The Moon" and more)
Thur Aug 4 Harrah's Council Bluffs Council Bluffs, IA
Fri Aug 5 Kanrocksas - Kansas Speedway Kansas City, KS
Sat Aug 6 Brady District Block Party Tulsa, OK
(w/ Primus, MuteMath and more)
Sat Aug 20 Sound Town Fest/Somerset Amphit Somerset, WI
Sat Sep 3 Metamorphose Izu City, Japan
Fri Sep 9 Long Beach Long Island, NY
Sat Sep 10 Hopscotch festival Raleigh, NC
Fri Sep 16 Telluride Blues & Brews Festival Telluride, CO
Sat Sep 17 The Great Saltair Magna, UT
Mon Sep 19 Eagle River Pavilion Eagle, ID
Tue Sep 20 Keller Auditorium Portland, OR
Wed Sep 21 Western Washington Fair Puyallup, WA
Sat Sep 24 Blackwater Music Festival Live Oak, FL
Tue Oct 25 Main Street Armory Rochester, NY
Thur Oct 27 Norva Norfolk, VA
Sat Oct 29 Moogfest Asheville, NC
As previously reported the LIPS have been busy recording post-EMBRYONIC new material on their own as well as indulging in some unique collaborations. Some of these amazing recordings have manifested themselves into and onto the resoundingly popular 12" round vinyl "record" format and pressed in vivid multi-hues of Mr. Coyne's own choosing. These lovely limited-edition artifacts have been sparsely distributed to independent record stores around the country and though most have been grabbed up, search carefully and you shall be rewarded. No two are exactly alike but some are still out there in the bins so happy hunting. Other recordings have found their way onto Flash Drives embedded into the flavorful brains of juicy edible Gummy Skulls randomly distributed to various music emporiums or sold at the Hollywood Forever L.A. shows. Again, these too, may be findable. To recap, here is a list of all the new LIPS music released to date this year:
"TWO BLOBS F**KING," released on Valentine's Day, Feb 14th, and available on YouTube now in 12 musical and visual parts designed to be played back on iPhone mobile devices simultaneously to create a lo-fi symphonic effect.
A very limited edition, self-released four-song 12" color vinyl single followed in March and new songs with THE LIPS collaborating with Neon Indian and featuring the tracks:
"Is David Bowie Dying?," "Alan's Theremin," "You Don't Respond" and "Do You Want New Wave or Do You Want the Truth Part 2."
April saw the release of "HEADY NUGGS: THE FIRST 5 WARNER BROS. RECORDS 1992 - 2002" for Record Store Day comprised of the complete recordings of: Hit To Death In The Future Head (1992), Transmissions From The Satellite Heart (1993), Clouds Taste Metallic (1995), The Soft Bulletin (1999), and the Grammy Award-winning, Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots (2002). Standard issue pressed on 120-gram black vinyl for Record Store Day internationally. A "Special Limited Edition" was also available with each album pressed on colored vinyl (five different colors), sold through the LIPS' webstore.
Also in April was the first-ever Gummy Skull with different flavored Gummy brain inside the skull (life-sized, completely edible and weighing in at over seven lbs. of chewy goodness), which houses a USB drive inside the brain - of a different flavor and color - with four new and exclusive songs: "Drug Chart," "In Our Bodies, Out Of Our Heads," "Walk With Me," and "Hillary's Time Machine Machine." These are now rare but check www.flaminglips,com for details.
In May, another varied colored vinyl limited-edition 12" four-song EP was released, this time featuring the LIPS collaborating with Prefuse 73 (Guillermo Scott Herren). Tracklist: "The Super Moon Made Me Want to Pee," "Heavy Star Moving," "Be Like That...That...That," and "Guillermo's Bolero." Search and you shall find!
In June, a limited edition marijuana-flavored Gummy Skull with a USB drive featuring "The Soft Bulletin: Live La Fantastique de Institution 2011" was available at the Hollywood Forever Los Angeles shows.
Just in time for July, the LIPS have introduced the Gummy Song Fetus in limited quantities to fans in tour markets. Naturally, the prenatal confection contains a USB Drive embedded into its cranial core with three brand-new recordings exclusive to this release: "Enthusiasm for Life Defeats Existential Fear Part 2," "Steven's Moonbow," and "Squishy Glass." These will be very limited so don't hesitate.
Future releases include such exotic formats as...well, you'll just have to keep an eye on www.flaminglips.com or look for Wayne Infamous tweets for clues. Until then, don't miss the LIPS live this summer. Check the LIPS official Store for brand new merch available now.