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Entertainment Editor Gene Triplett: Flaming Lips bring Yoko to 'Freakout 5'

Entertainment Editor Gene Triplett: The Flaming Lips play hosts to Yoko Ono at the fifth annual New Year's “Freakout” for two concerts.
BY GENE TRIPLETT Published: December 30, 2011

“And I don't want anybody to say it or to write about it, feeling like we're the entity of the John Lennons in the song with Yoko. To me it's just a song, especially a Christmas song with such an iconic entity who's always been about this message of tolerance and peace and love and all that. That's just in another realm. You just don't think that's gonna happen.”

The Christmas song, called “Atlas Eets Christmas,” is part of a four-song collaboration similar to the team-ups the Lips have already released in 2011 with Neon Indian, Prefuse 73 and Lightning Bolt.

The new recording will be on sale at the New Year's Eve and New Year's Day shows, which this year will be at the Coca-Cola Bricktown Events Center instead of the much larger Cox Convention Center, which has hosted the “Freakout” shows in years past. The admission price — $100 for a single show, $150 for both shows — is a new wrinkle as well, which has brought complaints from some Lips fans online.

“I would say, to some people that is gonna be a lot of money and they're not gonna be able to afford it,” Coyne said. “But I would also say that just because there are things in the world that you can't afford, that doesn't make them bad. We know that we're playing to a smaller audience by playing at the Coca-Cola Center, and it almost demands that you charge more money, but I think it's a better show. Everybody gets great, great seats, everybody gets to be there at these shows and at these parties.”

He was referring to the all-night after-parties that are planned at the Womb, the art gallery co-owned by Coyne at 25 NW 9, following each night's show.

“Sean and Yoko Ono and all of our friends, and all of Oklahoma City that deems music and getting together important, will be there,” Coyne said. “And it'll be wonderful. ... The Flaming Lips will play other shows, perhaps, but I don't know if they'll ever be able to play again with Yoko Ono and Sean. You know, to play Christmas songs together and stuff, it's a pretty special moment.”


The Flaming Lips

• With: Yoko Ono Plastic Ono Band.

• Special guests: Phantogram (New Year's Eve only), Neon Indian (New Year's Day only).

• When: 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

• Where: Coca-Cola Bricktown Events Center, 425 E California.

• Tickets: $100 per night or $150 for both nights.


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