The Flaming Lips long-awaited theatrical re-imagination of their ‘classic’ album Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots actually appears to be happening, after the Los Angeles Times reported an update on its progress.
Never one to let such things as money or practicality get in the way of grand ambition, frontman Wayne Coyne revealed the plan to billboard.com last year, saying, “It’ll be a big chunk of Flaming Lips music, probably about 30 songs. It’s a big deal. It’s hokey and wonderful and poignant and powerful. It’s really become a perfect combination of my fantastical robot-world vision and [director Des McAnuff’s] little, internal, humanistic version of what that music is. I really believe it could work – and luckily I don’t have to do much!”
The album show is set for this November or December, and will now not just feature music from their 2002 album, but also have music from The Soft Bulletin and At War with the Mystics.
The musical’s story will follow a Japanese artist, who, not surprisingly, will travel to the robot world and battle evil robots.