Thursday, June 7, 2012

Flaming Lips to Set Guinness World Record in New Orleans

[Updated] On June 28, the Flaming Lips will come to New Orleans to the House of Blues to break a Guinness World Record for the most live concerts in a 24-hour period in multiple cities. The eight-stop tour will begin in Memphis on June 27 and move through Clarksdale, Oxford, Jackson, Hattiesburg, Biloxi and Baton Rouge before concluding at a location yet to be determined in New Orleans. The official press release promises "a not-to-miss mini-set featuring many surprise collaborations and guests." Tickets for the shows go on sale tomorrow; here's the itinerary:

June 27 -- New Fumes  & the Flaming Lips  --  Memphis, TN @  Handy Park                                            
June 27 -- Gary Clark Jr & the Flaming Lips -- Clarksdale, MS @ Ground Zero Blues' Club            
June 27 -- Grace Potter & the Nocturnals & the Flaming Lips -- Oxford, MS @ The Lyric                                            
June 28 -- Neon Indian & the Flaming Lips -- Jackson, MS @ Duling Hall                                            
June 28 -- Hunter Hayes & the Flaming Lips --  Hattiesburg, MS @ Benny's Boom Boom Room      
June 28 -- TBD & the Flaming Lips -- Biloxi, MS @  Hard Rock Casino                
June 28 --  GIVERS & the Flaming Lips  --  Baton Rouge, LA @ Varsity                                              
June 28  -- Grimes & the Flaming Lips  -- New Orleans @ The House of Blues

 The shows coincide with the June 26 release of The Flaming Lips and Heady Fwends - an album that includes collaborations with Ke$ha, Bon Iver, Neon Indian, Yoko Ono, Jim James, Erykah Badu and more - and the O Music Awards, a 24-hour online celebration of web excellence. The O webcast will follow the Flaming Lips on their attempt to break the record onstage and off.

 The track listing for The Flaming Lips and Heady Fwends:
1.  "2012 (You Must Be Upgraded) "(w/ Ke$ha, Biz Markie & Hour Of The Time Majesty 12)
2. "Ashes In The Air" (Featuring Bon Iver)
3. "Helping The Retarded To Know God" (Featuring Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros)
4. "Supermoon Made Me Want To Pee" (Featuring Prefuse 73)
5. "Children Of The Moon" (Featuring Tame Impala)
6. "That Ain't My Trip" (Featuring Jim James of My Morning Jacket)
7. "You, Man? Human???" (Featuring Nick Cave)
8. "I'm Working At NASA On Acid" (Featuring Lightning Bolt)
9. "Do It!" (Featuring Yoko Ono/Plastic Ono Band)
10. "Is David Bowie Dying?" (Featuring Neon Indian)
11. "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" (Featuring Erykah Badu)
12. "Girl, You're So Weird" (Featuring New Fumes)
13. "Tasered And Maced" (Featuring Aaron Behrens of Ghostland Observatory)

My 2009 interview with the Flaming Lips' Wayne Coyne, and my 2006 interview with Michael Ivins.

Updated 12:27 p.m.
Since this story was first posted, the House of Blues has been announced as the New Orleans venue. The text has been updated to reflect this.

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