'I can't speak for Yoko, but I would say yes, let's do that,' says singer after grenade incident at airport
The Flaming Lips‘ Wayne Coyne has accepted a fan’s request to take acid with him and Yoko Ono after he missed his flight due to the bomb-scare caused by the singer earlier this month.
Coyne was was stopped at Will Rogers airport in Oklahoma City on November 10, after a dead grenade in his hand luggage set off alarms at a TSA checkpoint. The frontman, who explained to the authorities that he had been given the explosive weapon as a joke, was released once the TNA had decided it was harmless, although several flights were cancelled as a result.
One passenger posted a lengthy blog on The Lost Ogle bemoaning the fact that he had lost $1,000 due to hold-ups at the airport. He wrote: “All we could see was Wayne standing by the security checkpoint with a bunch of agents around his bag. I was stuck near the food court, wasn’t able to cross the airport to get to my gate. Flight left without me, all because of Wayne Coyne.”
They then went on to add: “I think Wayne Coyne should reimburse me, at a minimum I want to drop acid with him and Yoko Ono.” Speaking to Pitchfork about the incident, Coyne quipped of the fan’s request:
That sounds like fun. I can’t speak for Yoko, but I would say yes, let’s do that.
Recalling the incident itself, meanwhile, Coyne said: “It was an actual grenade that was now missing its explosive parts and painted gold. I just threw this gold grenade in my bag and had not quite thought about it.”
“They all believed what I was saying; they all believed it was just a dumb accident,” he added. “The bomb squad guy came out, and once he comes out, there’s two weeks of paperwork that has to be filled out. Everybody could immediately tell what it was. But it’s too late – the merry-go-round had to go its whole way around before you could get off.”
Coyne recently revealed that The Flaming Lips’ new album was inspired by band member Steven Drozd when he was in the middle of a serious drug addiction, from which he has now recovered. Coyne added: “It was probably the worst time of his life. I knew he was really, really struggling. He was in a bad way.”