© David Turcotte Photography
Photos by David Turcotte
The Flaming Lips hit the floor running with their extraordinary display of light and psychedelic on May 16 at The Wellmont Theatre in Montclair, NJ and these are the great shots from David Turcotte.
The tour is in support of their thirteenth full length album, The Terror, which has been released on April 2 via Warner Brothers. The Terror is a depressingly existential concept album about the relationship (or lack thereof) of life and love. “We want, or wanted to believe that without love we would disappear,” explains Wayne Coyne in a press release, “The Terror is we know now, that even without love, life goes on… we just go on… there is no mercy killing.” It’s the kind of concept that we can imagine being taken on by a band 30 years into their career, and impressive to see the Lips doing something like this rather than copying their old sounds or fading away.
The Flaming Lips are an American rock band, formed in Norman, Oklahoma in 1983.
Melodically, their sound contains lush, multi-layered, psychedelic rock arrangements, but lyrically their compositions show elements of space rock, including unusual song and album titles—such as “Psychiatric Explorations of the Fetus with Needles”, “Free Radicals (A Hallucination of the Christmas Skeleton Pleading with a Suicide Bomber)” and “Yeah, I Know It’s a Drag… But Wastin’ Pigs Is Still Radical”. They are also acclaimed for their elaborate live shows, which feature costumes, balloons, puppets, video projections, complex stage light configurations, giant hands, large amounts of confetti, and frontman Wayne Coyne’s signature man-sized plastic bubble, in which he traverses the audience. In 2002, Q magazine named The Flaming Lips one of the “50 Bands to See Before You Die”.
The group recorded several albums and EPs on an indie label, Restless, in the 1980s and early 1990s. After signing to Warner Brothers, they scored a hit in 1993 with “She Don’t Use Jelly”. Although it has been their only hit single in the U.S., the band has maintained critical respect and, to a lesser extent, commercial viability through albums such as 1999’s The Soft Bulletin (which was NME magazine’s Album of the Year) and 2002’s Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots. They have had more hit singles in the UK and Europe than in the U.S. In February 2007, they were nominated for a 2007 BRIT Award in the “Best International Act” category. By 2007, the group garnered three Grammy Awards, including two for Best Rock Instrumental Performance.
On October 13, 2009 the group released their latest studio album, titled Embryonic. On December 22, 2009, the Flaming Lips released a remake of the 1973 Pink Floyd album The Dark Side Of The Moon. In 2011, the band announced plans to release new songs in every month of the year, with the entire process filmed.
© David Turcotte Photography
The Flaming Lips
The Flaming Lips — 2013 Tour Dates
3-14-2013 Austin, TX, USA The Warner Sound, The Belmont
3-15-2013 Austin, TX, USA SXSW, Auditorium Shores
3-29-2013 Sao Paulo, Brazil Lollapalooza Brazil
4-28-2013 Kansas City, MO, USA Sprint Center*
4-29-2013 Indianapolis, IN, USA Egyptian Room at Old National Centre*
4-30-2013 Pittsburgh, PA, USA CONSOL Energy Center*
5-2-2013 Atlanta, GA, USA Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood*
5-3-2013 Nashville, TN, USA Bridgestone Arena*
5-4-2013 Chattanooga, TN, USA Track 29
5-5-2013 Memphis, TN, USA Beale St. Music Festival
5-10-2013 Napa, CA, USA Bottle Rock Festival
5-16-2013 Montclair, NJ Wellmont Theatre
5-20-2013 London, England, UK Roundhouse
5-21-2013 London, England, UK Roundhouse
5-22-2013 Brighton, England, UK Brighton Festival, Brighton Dome Concert Hall
5-24-2013 Paris, France Villette Sonique
6-14-2013 Hultsfred, Sweden Hultsfred Festival
6-15-2013 Aarhus, Denmark Northside Festival
7-11-2013 Raleigh, NC, USA Time Warner Cable Pavilion*
7-12-2013 Simpsonville, SC, USA Charter Amphitheatre at Heritage Park*
9-6-2013 Isle of Wight, England, UK Bestival
* – w/ The Black Keys