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- Posted on Jun 17th 2007 11:00AM by Benjy Eisen and Jeff Miller
The Flaming Lips didn't start this year's Bonnaroo experience quite as planned. The band suffered a slight schedule delay after problems with the building of their spacecraft arised. Frontman Wayne Coyne stayed up from 1 am until 8 am restoring the contraption -- just in time for some extraterrestrial Day Three rocking. And that they did.
After emerging from his now famous space bubble, Coyne and his fellow Lips launched into 'Race for the Prize.' The frontman said that the band's last Bonnaroo was one of the best shows they've ever played, but that this year had only now officially begun and folks should stay "because we have some cool s*** planned." They then ripped into 'Fight Plan.'
Earlier, Coyne, enjoying a free ice cream backstage, told Spinner that he thought Bonnaroo was "the most progressive festival because of its eclectic lineup." No doubt the Lips were in a category all their own on Day Three. Coyne offered up more stage banter, saying that he heard John Paul Jones had his original Led Zeppelin bass guitar stolen before the festival and Coyne joked that Sting took it. The singer then pleaded for the Police frontman to lend it to the Lips for the next song, 'Free Radicals,' which they dedicated to Jones.
As if the band's animated performance weren't enough, the Lips gave the people of Bonnaroo something even more special by playing 'Mountainside,' a song Coyne introduced by saying that the band hadn't played in more than 10 years. They also pulled out rarities like 'The Observer' and 'What Is the Light,' with the stage awashed in green fog. The band put a little cherry on top by closing with the Rolling Stones' 'Moonlight Mile,' which Coyne said they learned just for Bonnaroo.