The Flaming Lips Cover The Who

Well, they practice their cover. As we told you at the end of May with the help of a random Meaty Beaty Big And Bouncy reference, Pearl Jam, Foo Fighters, and the Flaming Lips are joining forces to pay tribute to the Who. The event takes this Saturday, where the aforementioned will be accompanied by Incubus (?) and Tenacious D (oh no), as part of “VH1 Rock Honors” concert at L.A.’s Pauley Pavilion. Before that, we have this amped practice footage of the Lips trying to see and feel their way through the material. Key ingredients: Loud guitars, explosive Moon-style drumming, an explosive gong, and Coyne’s, yes, explosive Daltrey-esque ‘fro.

Fun. Not this epic. But fun. In addition to the various Who covers, the Who will end the night with a 40-minute set. Rock Daily reports it might include the first ever live performance of The Who By Numbers’s “Slip Kid,” but it’s hard to say if it’ll show up on the VH1 broadcast:

“What they use on the TV will probably be the same old stuff,” laments Roger Daltrey. “They’ll probably just show ‘Won’t Get Fooled Again,’ ‘Baba O’Riley’ and ‘Who are You?'” Daltrey also revealed the Flaming Lips are working up a Tommy medley and Pearl Jam will likely play “Love Reign O’er Me.” “It’s gonna be weird having them play Who songs while we’re there,” says Daltrey.

The telecast premieres 7/17. You can read more about it at the official site.