10/26/2009 5:35 AM
I have mad respect for EQ's November cover artists, The Flaming Lips. Not only to they make awesomely weird music, but they take a lot of risks and don't stick to the pop-music status quo. You can read all about the fun and bizarre experiments they tackled for their latest album, Embryonic, in the latest issue of EQ, on newsstands now.
I saw The Flaming Lips play at Coachella a few years ago. They really pull out all the stops to entertain while they play, from fake blood and smoke guns to animal costumes and that giant clear bubble that Wayne somehow gets into (do they blow it up with him inside?) and rolls around in on top of the crowd. Wayne is a man who takes chances. I didn't get to see him perform at the second day of Treasure Island Festival this year, but I was there on Saturday, and a friend of mine said something so true: "There's no comfort in the growth zone and no growth in the comfort zone." I wonder if Wayne got comfortable with avoiding the comfort zone? I think he represents true artists out there, the ones who are not afraid to take risks.
Speaking of risks, here's Wayne—afraid of heights—riding a Ferris wheel while being interviewed for San Francisco's Live 105 radio station. I love how nervous he seems about the ride and how self-deprecating he is.
Also, check out some photos from both Saturday and Sunday lineups of Treasure Island: