Bang a gong and get it on in Oklahoma City

By Gene Triplett Modified: December 29, 2008 at 10:56 am •  Published: December 29, 2008
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New Year’s Eve Freak-Out # 2!!!

2008 becomes 2009

"For the second year in a row, Oklahoma City will become the center of the known universe. For on this one magical night Oklahoma City is the center eye and life-giving, beating heart of all conscious bedazzlement. It will mark twice that this unequalled celestial occurrence has changed this normal Midwestern town into a cosmic holy land.”

So reads the flyer for The Flaming Lips’ second annual New Year’s Eve concert in downtown Oklahoma City, written by freaky Lips front man Wayne Coyne in his usual, wildly whimsical style.

And for a couple of hours Wednesday night, while the streets outside teem with Opening Night revelers, he’ll make good on his promise, turning the interior of the Cox Convention Center into a whacked-out wonderland of crossfire laser beams, booming confetti guns, great big bouncing balloons, strangely costumed dancers, a UFO light show, Wayne crowd-surfing in a giant space ball and — oh, yes — The Flaming Lips’ wondrous brand of richly melodic, lyrically visionary neo-psychedelic pop-rock.

"We’re trying to make this an annual thing, you know, like you could just think anytime you wanted, if it’s New Year’s Eve, The Flaming Lips are gonna play Oklahoma City,” Coyne said last week during a visit to The Oklahoman and the NewsOK.com video studios.

After years of being invited to play New Year’s shows everywhere else in the world, the Lips just decided staying home for the holidays was better — and more restful. After all, Wayne only lives a couple of miles from the Cox Center.

"We did that last year, and I think it was very successful,” he said. "We didn’t really know what was going to happen or even if people would want to come and see a concert.”

The show opener again this year will be Norman-based experimental rock band Stardeath and White Dwarfs, a band Coyne has taken a particular interest in for a couple of good reasons. He’s even helped them land a contract with Warner Bros. Records — the Lips’ home label.

"Well, they’re a great group and it just happens to be that my nephew is the singer in the group, Dennis Coyne,” Wayne laughed.



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