The Flaming Lips will launch a short tour of the Midwest next month, beginning March 7 in Champaign-Urbana, Ill.
The psychedelic-pop act is working to add more dates and may follow the tour with trips to Europe and Japan, according to Warner Bros., the Lips' record label.
The group's most recent release, The Soft Bulletin (1999), received widespread critical acclaim. Songs such as "The Gash" (RealAudio excerpt) build layer upon layer of sound to create a lush, hallucinogenic feel.
Another single from the album, "Superman" (RealAudio excerpt), was re-released on Tuesday on an enhanced EP, with several remixed songs and CD-ROM videos of "Race for the Prize" and "Be My Head."
The Flaming Lips' lineup has changed since the group was formed in 1983, but singer Wayne Coyne and bassist Michael Ivins have been with the band for all 10 of their full-length releases. The group achieved sudden fame when the single "She Don't Use Jelly" (RealAudio excerpt) became a surprise radio hit, a year after its 1993 release on Transmissions From the Satellite Heart.
Flaming Lips tour dates:
March 7; Champaign-Urbana, Ill.; High Dive
March 8; Iowa City, Iowa; Union Bar
March 9; Madison, Wis.; TBA
March 11; Minneapolis, Minn.; First Avenue
March 15; Lawrence, Kan.; Granada Theater
March 16; St. Louis, Mo.; Fire House
March 17; Columbia, Mo.; The Blue Note
March 19; Boulder, Colo.; Fox Theater