Hold the phones and the Vaseline. The Flaming Lips are playing Chattanooga.
Track 29 announced this morning that the psychedelic alternative rock band will stop in the Scenic City on May 4 at 9 p.m.
The Flaming Lips has been pushing the envelope for a variety of rock genres, including experimental, alternative, neo-psychedelic and space, since 1983, when the group formed in Norman, Okla., of all places.
The band cycled through members and kicked around on an indie label during the 1980s and the start of the 1990s, until signing to Warner Brothers and charting big with the single “She Don’t Use Jelly.”
The Flaming Lips may not move the same numbers of albums as those musicians on the Billboard charts, but the group has maintained a loyal and hugely international following for three decades, which remains entertained by the general weirdness, fantastical live shows and musical awesomeness.
Five things to know about the band’s live performances:
—The Flaming Lips’ first concert was in a transvestite club.
—The show typically includes balloons, confetti, a pair of giant hands and other puppets, video projections and intricately designed stage light displays.
—Lead guitarist Wayne Coyne, who also writes the majority of the band’s material, owns a man-sized plastic bubble that has been knows to make its way off the stage and around the audience with Coyne inside.
—Last June, The Flaming Lips became the titleholders for the Guinness World Record of the most live concerts in 24 hours, performing eight shows between June 27 and 28 from Memphis, Tenn., to New Orleans.
—Q Magazine ranked the group No. 14 on the 2002 list of the 50 Bands You Must See Before You Die.
The Flaming Lips is set to release its 13th studio album, “The Terror,” in April of this year.
Tickets for the Chattanooga show are $40 in advance and at the door and go on sale Friday, Feb. 22 at 10 a.m.
Track 29 will open for the 18 years old and older performance at 8 p.m. The band is set to take the stage at 9 p.m.
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