What to do in Oklahoma on Oct. 26, 2012: Dress up for the free Flaming Lips Freak Night at Oklahoma City’s Zoo Amphitheatre
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Get into the Halloween spirit when you hear Oklahoma City-based psychedelic rockers The Flaming Lips play Freak Night, a free show at 7:30 tonight at the Oklahoma City Zoo Amphitheatre, 2101 NE 50. Gates open at 5:30 p.m.
The event is touted as “the largest costume party in the Midwest.”
“We wanna do a big crazy party up there,” Lips frontman Wayne Coyne told The Oklahoman’s Gene Triplett. “We’re gonna have Stardeath and White Dwarfs and our friends New Fumes play. Everybody’ll dress up. Someone’ll pass out some drugs — it won’t be me — but there’ll be some drug fun goin’ on, and it’ll be another crazy evening with the Flaming Lips and their friends, you know?”
Coyne encouraged hometown fans to catch the show since it will be the Lips last here this year: There’ll be no Lips-led “March of 1,000 Flaming Skeletons” this year and no Oklahoma City New Year’s Eve Freakout, either.
“You know, we’d been lookin’ to do something at the Zoo, but since we’d been doing the New Year’s Eve thing we felt like we can’t really do both,” Coyne told Gene. “… Everybody’s like, ‘Well, I just saw them.’
“And sometimes I think the parade and the New Year’s Eve shows, you know, it’s a lot to do every year (at home).”
Plus, it’s the last Zoo show under the auspices of Innervisions and Facilities Management Group, which have operated the outdoor venue and booked its shows for the last decade.
“You get this feeling that the Zoo — this time that the Zoo has had where you go out there every summer until the middle of October and see a lot of cool shows — that could be over,” Coyne told Gene.
In June, the Oklahoma City Zoo Trust unanimously approved negotiating a contract with another company, 3Horse Productions, to take over operations of the amphitheater. It’s uncertain what kinds of shows the new management will be bringing in.
Plus, read what Coyne has to say about the band’s 2013 album by clicking here to read Gene’s excellent interview.
For more information on Freak Night, call 364-3700 or go to www.zooamp.com.
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