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Published: 2012/01/03

The Flaming Lips Beatles Wilco Freakout

Nels Cline with The Flaming Lips, photo via Nels Cline’s Facebook page

The Flaming Lips hosted their New Year’s Freakout #5 at Oklahoma City, OK’s Coca-Cola Bricktown Events Center on December 31 and January 1. The psych-rock band’s New Year’s Eve gig had something of a John Lennon/Beatles theme, thanks to opening act Yoko Plastic Ono Band featuring Wilco guitarist else Cline. At midnight, the members of Yoko Plastic Ono Band emerged during The Flaming Lips’ set to sing on the Lennon classics “Give Peace a Chance” and “Happy Xmas (War Is Over).”

The Flaming Lips also devoted their entire first encore to Lennon/Paul McCartney Beatles favorites, running through “Strawberry Fields Forever,” “A Day in the Life,” “I Am The Walrus” and “I Want You (She’s So Heavy).” The latter song also featured some bonus guitar work by Cline. In addition, at the start of their set, The Flaming Lips nodded to another British band, Black Sabbath with a cover of “Sweet Leaf.”

Here’s a look at Saturday’s setlist via The Flaming Lips’ page

Sweet Leaf
Worm Mountain
She Don’t Use Jelly
The Yeah Yeah Yeah Song
Give Peace a Chance (with Yoko Ono Plastic Ono Band)
Happy Xmas (War Is Over) (with Yoko Ono Plastic Ono Band)
The Process
See the Leaves
Laser Hands
Drug Chart
Pompeii Am Götterdämmerung
What is the Light?
The Observer

Strawberry Fields Forever
A Day in the Life
I Am The Walrus
I Want You (She’s So Heavy) (with Nels Cline)

Encore 2:
Do You Realize??


There are 5 comments associated with this post

HellBuoy January 3, 2012, 15:29:12

“fellow Brits”? Since when are the Flaming Lips British???

me January 3, 2012, 15:39:18

Pretty sure the article was referencing The Beatles… when they said “fellow Brits…”

luke January 3, 2012, 17:18:09

This show was epic!!!! Flaming Lips rocked it out tell 1:45 in the morning. And, it wasn’t just sign alongs, it was rock and roll.
Yoko’s band rocked hard and she added her own unique scream and peace attitute and it blended well.
I doubt anyone there will ever forget their War is over Christmas song and far out she’s so heavy jam.
Wayne sounded good, there was lots of room for everyone. It was killer

Black Sabbath January 4, 2012, 09:09:09

Black Sabbath*

Michelle January 10, 2012, 15:08:46

Hey check out (and like) an awesome video interview with the talented singer of The Flaming Lips Wayne Coyne at:

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