Flaming Lips begin whirlwind 24-hour tour tonight, talk Twitter feud with Erykah Badu
Let the “Race for the Prize” begin!
Oklahoma City-based psychedelic rockers The Flaming Lips will launch an attempt at the Guinness World Records mark for most live shows in 24 hours, playing eight concerts between Memphis, Tenn., and New Orleans tonight and Thursday.
As previously reported, the Lips’ race to break Jay-Z’s record of seven shows in one day is part of the MTV’s third installment of its O Music Awards, which is a digitally driven event that recognizes artists, fans and innovators within the digital music culture. The band’s frenzied journey will be live-streamed at www.OMusicAwards.com as part of the awards, which are being billed as the world’s first 24-hour live-streamed awards show.
The O Music Awards III and the Lips’ tour will both kick off at 6:30 p.m. Oklahoma time/7:30 p.m. Eastern time.
In addition, 24 awards will be given out in the course of the 24-hour show. Country hitmaker Blake Shelton (@blakeshelton), who lives in Tishomingo, and indie rock singer/songwriter/guitarist St. Vincent (@st_vincent), a Tulsa native, are both nominated in the Must Follow Artist on Twitter category.In addition, the Lips are vying for two O Music Awards. The band is nominated for the Digital Genius Award, while frontman Wayne Coyne is nominated for Most Extreme Fan Outreach for welcoming Los Angeles band HOTT MT into his home and then filming a music video with them after they drove from L.A. to OKC to wish the singer a happy birthday and gift him a copy of their album
Along their rapid-fire trip through the Mississippi Delta, the Lips will meet up with a variety of opening acts, including Jackson Browne, Grace Potter & The Nocturnals, Gary Clarke Jr. and Hunter Hayes.
The Oklahoma rockers have been finalizing details and juggling schedules and logistics for what they hope will be their record-breaking trek.
“If you had to really consider all this in the beginning, you just simply wouldn’t want to do it,” Coyne told the Associated Press in a recent interview. “Luckily, it occurs to you when you get closer and closer. I think it’s a little bit like having a baby. At the beginning of it is a lot of fun, but by the time it’s here, really it’s too late to turn back.”
As the AP notes, that analogy isn’t too far off the mark when it comes to describing the Twitter feud between Coyne and Erykah Badu, who collaborated with the Lips on a cover of “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face” for their “Heady Fwends” Record Store Day album. (The album earned a wider release Tuesday.)
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