At the VH1 Who Rock Honors charity concert extravaganza, which airs on VH1 this Thursday night, the Foo Fighters (awesomely and unexpectedly joined by token Brit Gaz Coombs of Supergrass), Incubus, Tenacious D, and Pearl Jam all performed Who hits, followed by a sensational show by the Who themselves.
Who, you ask (heh heh)? Oh, just that wacky pack of gong-banging, puppet-wielding, fake-blood-spraying Oklahoman oddballs, the Flaming Lips.
And you know any band that attracts kooky comedienne Margaret Cho and her sidekick/upcoming The Cho Show reality co-star Selene Luna is a band that puts on a show of truly Tommy-esque proportions. Here's Margaret and Selene on the preshow red carpet, giving the Lips some much-deserved lip service:
VH1 Who Rock Honors dress rehearsal. (Highlights from this practice run included a bunch of stand-in UCLA students attempting not to drop Wayne to the ground as he rolled atop their outstretched arms in his famous plastic bubble, and The Office's Rain "Dwight" Wilson sitting in the audience dressed like another Dwight--Reginald Dwight, aka Elton John--in full silver lamé Pinball Wizard attire.)
Wayne is always a big talker, so our trailer conversation naturally covered everything from an unrealized pipedream involving Amy Winehouse duetting with the Lips on "Acid Queen," to the many reasons why the did Lips chose not to recreate Ann-Margret's Tommy "baked beans" scene onstage, to the special surprises the Lips did whip up for their weird and wonderful Who tribute, to how Wayne expected more staid spectators to react to his group's Flaming spectacle.Rock Honors show (spoiler alert: you will really enjoy seeing them, hearing them, and feeling them on Thursday night). Then click on the links below for parts 2-5, as well as pics from this Who's-who event!
- Wayne Coyne