Miley Cyrus has long been a fan of the Flaming Lips. She’s been tweeting their lyrics for years and has called Wayne Coyne one of her favorite artists of all time. For his part, the OKC psych-rock band’s leader has tweeted at Cyrus, too and gave her props in a recent interview. So last night’s live collaboration at the Staples Center does not come as a huge surprise. With all its furries, props, and confetti, the Bangerz tour actually has a lot in common with a Lips concert. Still, it is sort of strange to behold.
“I hope I could inspire you guys as much as the Flaming Lips have inspired me and encouraged me to always be myself and to make music because I love it,” Cyrus said before introducing Coyne and Steven Drozd. Coyne wore an orange suit with a pink tail and carried a giant, silver FUCK YEAH ballon. The group performed the Lips’ “Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots Pt. 1″ with her band. After, Coyne joked that he fucked it up and was still drunk from hanging out with 2 Chainz (and Peaking Lights) at the previous night’s show.
Watch the performance of “Yoshimi” below.
It was the 31st anniversary of the Lips’ first show.
Earlier in the concert, Cyrus climbed into the front row to plant a kiss on Katy Perry.
She also turned OutKast’s “Hey Ya!” into a country ballad…
The Bangerz tour opening acts are Sky Ferreira and Icona Pop. On Thursday night, Ferreira fell one song into her set and needed 60 stitches.
— DIIV (@DIIV) February 22, 2014
It’s only four nights into a four month tour, so this is probably not the last time we’ll be hearing about it.