Flaming Lips announce 8 date 24hr USA tour…

We are all aware that the Flaming Lips don’t like limiting their creativity to just producing music ; they have done some fairly oddball things throughout their career, including releasing music encased within a fetus shaped jelly bean, and late last year releasing the longest single recorded track within a real human skull – this time they’ve set a challenge that will take a great deal of hard work to surpass; The Wayne Coyne fronted group is preparing to break the record for the most number concerts in one single day.

On June 27th 2012, the group has scheduled eight concerts in eight different cities in the southern USA. If successful, they will break the record currently held by Jay-Z who played in seven cities in one day back in 2006.

Wayne Coyne said in a press release:

“Like when the Sex Pistols did their one and only American tour, the weird mid-south (Memphis to New Orleans), has something very absurd about it when contrasted with radical visionary musicians. . Elvis and Jazz were at one time radical, but are now mainstream tourist attractions. . I don’t remember if I was asked or if I volunteered. . But, I’ve accepted the job of, not DRIVING, but commandeering the Magical Mystery Merry Prankster bus. . I’ve accepted the attempt at breaking the world record of performing 8 shows in 24 hours. And I’ve explained to the music freaks at MTV, VH1 and CMT that I am not a host. . But, I always liked the way Jerry Lewis would get all sweaty toward the end of his yearly telethon. . To play and sing Flaming Lips songs at 8:00 in the morning. Well. I’m open to new experiences.”

Clearly without unlimited funds and ideally a private jet fans are not going to be able to attend more than a couple of dates ”“ fear not as MTV are set to stream the shows live.

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Phil Newall is 47, from The Wirral - he earns his living not writing about music nor playing music...though sorely wishes he could. He was fortunate enough to see many of the first generation punk bands when they played the U18's matinee shows at Eric's, Liverpool. As an attendee at Eric's he was exposed to punk rock, dub reggae, art rock, and all manner of weirdness; as a customer at Probe Records he was variously served and scowled at by Pete Wylie and Pete Burns - he has written for Record Collector, Whisperin & Hollerin, and Spiral Scratch and wanted to write a book detailing the Liverpool punk scene; however with 'Head-On' Julian Cope beat him to it...and frankly did a much better job.


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