Strange Partnership: The Flaming Lips And Weezer Will Play Two Shows Together
By Joseph Giannone 2011-07-22 17:58:02
Do you know if there's anything in common with bands The Flaming Lips or Weezer? Nope, me neither, but the only thing I can think of is that they are both playing a show together. Ok, so what’s weird about that? Lots of bands from completely different genres play together, or open, like MGMT did for Paul McCartney. Well that’s not the case with this. As RTT News announces, the two groups with complete opposite styles of music will be joining forces and sharing the stage on July 28 at the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, New Jersey and on July 29 at the Jones Beach Theater in Wantagh, New York. These two antagonistic acts, with existences so far apart on the spectrum of sound, will both be trading off playing their own songs during their extended set. That’s Awesome…But weird.
What other groups are you familiar with that have done this? I can’t think of any. Maybe in 1969 when Frank Zappa infamously played with Pink Floyd, but at least they were both under the “progressive rock” umbrella. The differences between Flaming Lips and Weezer are extreme, so this should be a fascinating show. For further example, check out these songs:
The Flaming Lips “Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots Part 1”
Weezer “Buddy Holly”
Even though it's strange to think these two polar opposite outfits will be playing shows together, it’s still a great pairing. To see Weezer, a power pop punk group, cover the spacey neo-psychedelia created by The Flaming Lips and vice versa, is going to be a show to remember. Lead singer of the Lips, Wayne Coyne recently said, “The Flaming Lips and Weezer are playing a show together . . . where they are actually playing together.” Even Rivers Cuomo of Weezer chimed in, stating: “I asked Wayne if he has an extra bubble I could ride in.” This is way too awesome for words to even describe.
Yeasayer is the opening act of this extravaganza, and that’s a more understandable pairing with The Flaming Lips. I’m sure most of you out there are curious to see how this plays out, and so are we. If you aren’t familiar with Yeasayer here’s a song that describes their association with the "Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots":
What do you think? Will this be an epic fail, or will it go down in history as one of the coolest collaborations to take place?