Flaming Lips' Hollywood Forever Cemetery gigs go on sale Friday
Tickets for the Flamings Lips' two-night June stay at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery will go on sale Friday at 2 p.m. A two-night pass for the June 14 and 15 gigs will go for $80, not including any surcharges, and $40 single-day tickets will be released Saturday.
The first night will see the Lips tackling their 1999 album, "The Soft Bulletin," which essentially redefined the psychedelic rockers as a more orchestral-friendly band. The second night will see the Flaming Lips cover "The Dark Side of the Moon," which the band has regularly taken on the festival circuit of late (the group will also perform it at a three-day Chicago festival in May).
The Flaming Lips are billing the cemetery event as "Everyone You Know Someday Will Die," a lyric from the 2002 single "Do You Realize??" There will be a two-ticket limit per household, and there will be no overnight camping. Guests are welcome to bring blankets, pillows, food and drinks, but coolers, tents, chairs and pets of any sort are not allowed.
Tickets will be available via Ticketfly. Experimental guitarist-singer Marnie Stern will support.
Around the time of "The Soft Bulletin," the Flaming Lips were engaging in some of their most inventive live sets. Two years before its release, the act had issued the four-disc "Zaireeka," with each CD meant to be played simultaneously. The album was inspired by the band's "Parking Lot Experiments," in which about 40 car radios would play cassettes in synchronization.
During touring for "The Soft Bulletin," the band created what it called "The Headphone Concert." Audience members could pick up a small FM transmitter and hear, in theory, a clearer audio feed straight from the P.A. while watching the band in a small club.
-- Todd Martens
Image: A safe-for-work portion of the flier for "Everyone You Know Someday Will Die."