Flaming Lips Schedule
Since their very first gig playing at a transvestite bar three decades ago, the Flaming Lips
have come a long way and have certainly maintained their presence on the music scene.
To catch them on their latest
tour, make sure you get your tickets in advance for the Salt River Fields at Talking Stick in Scottsdale, Arizona; or the
Belly Up in Aspen, Colorado. Why wait? Grab your tickets for the legendary Flaming Lips today!
Flaming Lips Background
in 1983 in Oklahoma, the Flaming Lips have always prided themselves on being deliciously weird and authentic. From their humble
beginnings as Oklahoma oddballs to their mid-'90s pop culture eclipse to their place as one of the most renowned bands of
the 2000s, the Flaming Lips took some of the most surreal and bizarre paths in pop music.
Their story began when originator
and guitarist Wayne Coyne supposedly swiped some musical instruments from a church hall in the area and recruited his vocalist
brother Mark and bassist Michael Ivins to form a band. They gave themselves the unusual moniker of the Flaming Lips, which
seemed to fit their persona perfectly.
The newly formed band made their live premiere at an area transvestite club.
The band went through a number of drummers before enlisting Richard English. They then recorded their first album in 1985
on their label, Lovely Sorts of Death label.
Eventually, Mark Coyne left the band, and Wayne Coyne took over the group,
assuming the role as frontman and main songwriter. Soldiering on as a trio, the Flaming Lips put out Hear It Is in 1986, which
was followed up with Oh My Gawd!!!....The Flaming Lips.
They were introduced to Jonathan Donahue, a concert promoter,
while supporting the tour of the Butthole Surfers. The Flaming Lips members soon became close friends with Donahue, who later
became the band's sound technician.
Telepathic Surgery was recorded in 1988, after which English chose to leave the
band. Flaming Lips found themselves down to a duo. Nathan Roberts eventually took the place of English as the new drummer,
and Donahue took the name of Dingus and enrolled in the band full time. With all players on board, the Flaming Lips cut the
album, In a Priest Driven Ambulance in 1990, while working on Yerself is Steam at the same time.
Hit to Death in the
Future Head came out in 1992, which came out with little commercial success. Both Donahue and Roberts exited the band shortly
after that release.
Not to be discouraged, drummer Steven Drozd and guitarist Ronald Jones were added to the band, and
the Flaming Lips cut Transmissions from the Satellite Heart in 1993. They supported the album at Lollapalooza, criss-crossing
the country in a Ryder truck.
Nearly a year after the release, the Flaming Lips unexpectedly found themselves on the
Top 40 charts with their grassroots single, She Don't Use Jelly. Leveraging their 15 minutes of fame, the band played on MTV's
annual Spring Break and did an arena tour in support of Candlebox. They even made an appearance on the cult classic soap,
Beverly Hills 90210.
The years following brought the Flaming Lips more albums and even more unusual occurrences.
despite the ups and downs, they managed to hold the attention of fans throughout the '90s and into the 2000s. In fact, in
2007, the Flaming Lips were nominated for a Grammy for Best Alternative Album for Mystics and claimed a Grammy for Best Engineered
Today, the Flaming Lips continue to tour and collaborate with some well-known talents like Bon Iver, Ke$ha and
Erykah Badu. And their originality continues to shine on!
Flaming Lips Hit Albums
From albums like Clouds
Taste Metallic (1995) to Christmas on Mars (2008) to The Flaming Lips and Heady Fwends (2012), the Flaming Lips have made
cutting albums and performing music an art form.
With smash hits like Do You Realize?? and She Don't Use Jelly, the
Flaming Lips are a band to experience live!
Flaming Lips Trivia
Did you know that the origin of the Flaming
Lips moniker has various stories attached to it? It's true! Some of the stories range from being named after a porn flick
to an ambiguous drug reference.
But it's not just their name that is weird. In 1996, the Flaming Lips' world turned
upside down. For starters, their guitarist at the time, Ronald Jones, left unexpectedly to venture out on a spiritual odyssey
from which he never returned. Then drummer Steven Drozd's hand was amputated after a spider bit him. And to top it off, bassist
Michael Ivins was a victim of a hit-and-run accident after a tire fell off another car and smashed into his vehicle, leaving
him trapped inside.
Flaming Lips Concert Experience
Coined as one of the "50 Bands to See Before You Die,"
the Flaming Lips concerts are a fine example of showmanship, featuring a spectacle of lights, costumes, lighting, confetti
and much, much more. Get your tickets at StubHub today and get ready for a life-changing live performance!