Aug. 23, 2007

The Flaming Lips to Rock Aragon Ballroom

By Randy J. Klodz

Grammy Award-winning rock band The Flaming Lips has been wowing fans with its mesmerizing and spectacular stage show as part of its critically acclaimed and revered live concerts. The Oklahoma City-native band is ready to perform at Chicago’s Aragon Ballroom on Sept. 7.

The Flaming Lips—which includes Wayne Coyne (vocals, guitar), Michael Ivins (bass) and Steven Drozd (drums)—is on tour in support of the recent DVD release “U.F.O.s at the Zoo: The Legendary Concert in Oklahoma City,” which hit stores Aug. 21.

Fans can expect the DVD, which plays as a concert DVD complete with a full live concert, backstage footage and access to special Flaming Lips ringtones and other extras sure to thrill any Flaming Lips fan.

Many fans worldwide first got a taste of The Flaming Lips with the goofy, yet catchy 1993 commercial hit “She Don’t Use Jelly.”

The Flaming Lips, as a unit, while often maintaining a fan base which enjoys the band’s somewhat underground, somewhat mainstream following, has also found commercial success with songs like “Do You Realize??” and “Fight Test” among others.

The band’s stage show which usually features some form of animal costume and impressive, yet psychedelic imagery has become legendary, and Coyne’s now infamous life-sized bubble is sure to put an exclamation point on one of the best performances in rock today.

Aragon Ballroom is at 1106 W. Lawrence Ave. Tickets for this all-ages show are listed for $35 each with showtime slated for 7:30 p.m. For more on The Flaming Lips log on to www.flaminglips.com.

The Flaming Lips Photo: J. Michelle Martin