Tonawanda News

March 17, 2010

NIGHT & DAY: Flaming Lips bringing oddball antics to Artpark

By Tim Schmitt
Niagara Gazette

NIAGARA FALLS — Since Flaming Lips frontman Wayne Coyne, long considered one of the most eccentric and peculiar of rock stars, is looking for a lead for his second motion picture — the follow-up to 2008’s low-budget film “Christmas on Mars” — he’s putting a slow press on procuring the services of the talented Justin Timberlake to play the lead.

“I’m in the process of begging,” Coyne told Billboard magazine. “If I’m lucky, I’ll be able to wear him down in another year.”

It’s an interesting statement from a guy whose band has taken its sweet time carving a niche as a successful and highly acclaimed act. The Lips haven’t charted a U.S. hit in nearly two decades, and even that track, 1993’s “She Don’t Use Jelly,” is hardly representative of the Oklahoma City band’s style.

Timberlake might want to come to grips with the thought — persistence is clearly one of Coyne’s strengths.

The Lips will bring what’s sure to be an odd-looking playlist — among the band’s songs are “Free Radicals (A Hallucination of the Christmas Skeleton Pleading with a Suicide Bomber)” and “Psychiatric Explorations of the Fetus with Needles” — to Lewiston this summer for a dynamic and lavish stage show to Artpark on July 22. Tickets for the concert go on sale Friday at 10 a.m.

Q Magazine called the Lips one of “50 bands to see before you die,” and with good reason. Gandy often appears in a plastic bubble, floating about while balloons, puppets and confetti grab for fans’ attention.

And the band hasn’t slowed down in recent years. In October, the Lips released Embryonic, then just two months later, followed with a remake of Pink Floyd’s “The Dark Side of the Moon.”


Flaming Lips tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday and are $42.50 for prime seating, $37.50 for other indoor sections or $25 for general admission lawn. They are available through all outlets including Tops Markets or the Artpark box office. Go online at online at or by phone at 888-223-6000.