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. They found their footing in the music
business in the mid-90s with inventive songs with unique titles like "What is the Light? (An Untested Hypothesis Suggesting
That the Chemical [In Our Brains] by Which We are Able to Experience the Sensation of Being in Love is the Same Chemical That
Caused the 'Big Bang' That Was the Birth of the Accelerating Universe)." They continue to produce mind-boggling, foot-stomping
hits that will have you scratching your head and moving to the beat. Don't miss your chance to see this amazing band live,
To catch them on their latest tour, make sure you get your tickets in advance. They will be making stops
at the Austin360 Amphitheater in Austin, The Pageant in Saint Louis, The Fillmore Detroit and many other prestigious venues
around the country. Check StubHub for all of the latest tour dates and information about the Flaming Lips, and get your tickets
Flaming Lips Background
Established 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.
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.
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. But 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 Album.
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
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!