A Flaming Lips live show is a glorious thing. Even if you think you’ll be immune to all the billowing confetti and costumed dancers and giant-bubble crowd-walks, it’s pretty overwhelming to actually stand there and let this massive spectacle swallow you up. And this spring and summer, the band will give audiences a few more chances to get swept up in all of it. They’ve announced North American and European live shows, including sets at festivals like Primavera and Sasquatch. At a few of those shows, they’ll play their 1999 masterpiece The Soft Bulletin in full. We’ve got their dates below.
Last month, we reported that the band planed to release a vinyl box set called Heady Nuggs: The First 5 Warner Bros. Records, 1992-2002, which they were hoping to release on Record Store Day. Well, they made the deadline; the limited-edition Heady Nuggs will drop on the April 16 retail holiday. The set will include the following albums: 1992’s Hit to Death in the Future Head, 1993’s Transmissions From the Satellite Heart, 1995’s Clouds Taste Metallic, 1999’s The Soft Bulletin, and 2002’s Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots. At independent record retailers, the set will be available on 140-gram vinyl. And there will also be a special edition of the set, with all five discs pressed on five different colors of vinyl, only available from the band’s website.
Back in January, we also reported that the band was planning a collaboration with chillwaver Neon Indian. The joint recording session went down at the end of January, and Neon Indian, as well as the Lips’ Wayne Coyne and Steven Drozd, Tweeted videos of their work in the studio. From what those videos show, the final product should be heavy on vintage synth blares.
The Flaming Lips:
03-03 New York, NY – Carnegie Hall (Tibert House U.S. Benefit)
03-06 Avon, CO – Snow Ball Fest
05-13 Detroit, MI – The Fillmore
05-14 Nelsonville, OH – Nelsonville Music Festival
05-15 Richmond, VA – The National
05-20 Atlanta, GA – Tabernacle *
05-21 Gulf Shores, AL – Hangout Festival
05-26 Barcelona, Spain – Primavera Sound Festival
05-29 George, WA – Sasquatch Festival *
07-01 London, England – ATP *
07-07 Chicago, IL – Aragon Ballroom *
* performing The Soft Bulletin