Originally when it was announced that the Flaming Lips were playing this year’s Pitchfork Music Festival in Chicago, the Lips were included in a special feature new to the festival this year, “Write the Night,” in which fans would decide the Flaming Lips’ setlist by voting on what songs they wanted to hear. Then, the Flaming Lips weren’t included. A number of people, including Chicago music critic Jim DeRogatis, then promptly called the band out for playing the same spectacular, yet predictable set for the past several years.
That was more than a month ago, so it can’t definitively be said that this change is the result of public pressure, but all those whiners got what they wanted; when the Flaming Lips plays Pitchfork Festival on July 19, their set will be decided by fans.
Accoding to frontman Wayne Coyne, “The Lips are more than glad to be part of ‘Write the Night.’ They will do their best to accommodate the wildest and most obscure of request- covers included.”
That’s more like it.