Some people may think the Flaming Lips are an odd addition to the VH1 Who Rock Honors bill. After all, the other tribute acts--Pearl Jam, Foo Fighters, Tenacious D, and Incubus--are more mainstream, VH1-friendly marquee names.
But anyone familiar with Pete Townshend's musical tastes knows he still has an appreciation for the avant-garde and under-the-radar (Gaz Coombes from Supergrass made a stupendous surprise appearance at Saturday night's Rock Honors taping, too). And anyone familiar with the Flaming Lips knows that there's no better band out there to recapture the freaky-deakiness of the Who's fabled theatrical period. (The Lips performed a Tommy medley on the show, which airs on VH1 this Thursday night.)
In part 3 of his one-on-one Yahoo! Music interview on the VH1 Who Rock Honors set, Wayne discussed just what the Flaming Lips' wacked-out pop & circumstance has in common with the Who's early career, how the Lips got involved with this awesome event, and what VH1 viewers can expect on Thursday. (SPOLIER ALERT: They can expect it to be amazing. Duh!)
See him wax and Wayne here: