Flaming Lips Hitting the Road
The Flaming Lips will hit the road this summer with a two-week tour featuring “Claypool Lennon Delirium”. The tour kicks off 23rd of July in Wichita, Kansas and features stops in locations like Indianapolis and Charlottesville before wrapping up in Raleigh, North Carolina on 07th of August. You can find the full list of dates and venues at the end of this article.
The tour is scheduled to begin after the release of the band’s 15th studio album called “King’s Mouth: Music and Songs”. The album has already been issued in a 4,000 copies vinyl limited edition and will be officially launched in digital format on 19th of July. Sean Lennon’s band will accompany Flaming Lips in all their shows, except the performance on 31st of July in New Haven. The show will also benefit from additional support from Micah Nelson’s Particle Kid.
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“King’s Mouth” is narrated by Mick Jones from “Clash” and is related to a book written and illustrated by the band’s frontman Wayne Coyne, called “King’s Mouth: Immerse Heap Trip Fantasy Experience”.
The album tells the story of a giant king that wants to protect his city against an avalanche and pays the ultimate price to achieve it. The citizens whose lives he has saved are honoring his spirit after his death by removing his head and turning it into a steel statue.
The album features songs that remind the mid-2000s, with bright tones and hearty lyrics.
“The Sparrow” uses acoustic strumming to suggest a warm trip back in time to the innocence of childhood. The track that gives the title of the album is one of the loveliest musical farewells from recent years, with Flaming Lips being able to capture and to inspire that universal feeling had by anyone who lost someone dear at some point.
“King’s Mouth” represents a return of the band to consistent form, filled with admiration and bitter-sweet grief. It deals with the paradoxical ideas of life and death and places a magnifying glass on the relationships between children and parents.
The Flaming Lips was founded in 1983 in Oklahoma City by guitarist Wayne Coyne, vocalist Mark Coyne, and bassist Michael Ivins. They made their debut at a local transvestite club and recorded their first self-titled debut in 1985. The album was issued on a green vinyl format by the three founders plus the percussionist Richard English on the band’s own label called “Lovely Sorts of Death”.
A year later, the group released the album “Hear It Is” as a trio, because Mark Coyne left the group to get married. In 1988, the band was reduced to a duo, with Wayne Coyne and Michael Ivins recording the album “Telephatic Surgery”. In 1992, the band released its debut album under a major label – “Hit to Death in the Future Head”. A year later, after guitarist Ronald Jones and drummer Steven Drozd joined the band, Flaming Lips hit the road an crossed the nation in a truck. They also performed at “Lollapalooza” festival but didn’t manage to make the album a successful one. A year later, however, the single “She Don’t Use Jelly” entered the band in Top 40 charts.
The group gained instant fame after Ian Ziering, the actor playing the character Steve Sanders in the huge success teen soap opera “Beverly Hills 90210”, mentioned their names: “You know, I’ve never been a big fan of alternative music, but these guys rocked the house!” Flaming Lips were everywhere: on MTV, in supporting tours, in charts. After the release of the album “Providing Needles for Your Balloons” in 1994, the band issued the collection “Clouds Taste Metallic”, powered by singles like “This Here Giraffe”, “Bad Days” (featured in the movie “Batman Forever”) and “Brainville”.
1996 was the year in which everything seemed to collapse: Ivins was trapped in his car after a bizarre accident, Jones quit the band to pursue a spiritual journey from which he didn’t return, Drozd almost lost his hand after he got bitten by a spider and Coyne’s father passed away. Despite all that, the following year Flaming Lips were back in the studio as a trio and recorded “Zaireeka”, four discs set that was created so they can be played at the same time.
The band’s next big success came in 1999, when they teamed up with producer David Fridmann and released “The Soft Bulletin”, an album dominated by extensive musical arrangements and hearty songs. The 2002 “Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots” brought the group even more fans and critical appraisal. The last track of the album – “Approaching Pavonis Mons by Balloon (Utopia Planitia)” won the Grammy Award in 2003 for “Best Rock Instrumental Performance”. The group spent the next two years touring and working on their movie called “Christmas on Mars”. The album “At War with the Mystics” won in 2006 a Grammy Award for “Best Rock Instrumental Performance” and another one for “Best Engineered Album” (shared with producer Dave Fridmann).
The band’s first album to debut in Billboard Albums chart’s “Top 10” was “Embryonic”, issued in October 2009. In the next years, Flaming Lips collaborated with various artists such as Erykah Badu, Kesha, Miley Cyrus and Bon Iver.
After the 2013 “The Terror” and several musical projects with other artists, Flaming Lips went touring in 2015 and released a CD/LP compilation called “Heady Nuggs 20 Years After Clouds Taste Metallic: 1994-1997”. The band continued to release various collections and this year will deliver the “King’s Mouth” album that they will support by touring.
Here is the full list of the last dates and venues:
July 23 – Wave, Wichita, Kansas
July 24 – Water Works Park Amphitheater, Des Moines, Iowa
July 26 – Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn at White River State Park, Indianapolis, Indiana
July 27 – Artpark Amphitheater, Lewiston, New York
July 28 – Stone Pony Summer Stage, Asbury Park, New Jersey
July 30 – Capitol Theatre, Port Chester, New York
July 31 – College Street Music Hall, New Haven, Connecticut
August 2 – Saranac Brewery, Utica, New York
August 3 – The Palladium Outdoors, Worcester, Massachusetts
August 5 – Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre, Charlotte, North Carolina
August 6 – Sprint Pavilion, Charlottesville, Virginia
August 7 – Red Hat Amphitheater, Raleigh, North Carolina