The Flaming Lips’ Wayne Coyne Shuts Down OKC Airport With Grenade Scare

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Wayne Coyne, the notoriously eccentric lead singer of Oklahoma psychedelic rock band Flaming Lips, shut down the Will Rogers Airport in Oklahoma City earlier this month when he inadvertently tried to carry a hand grenade onto a flight to Los Angeles.

The incident was originally reported by Oklahoma social blog TheLostOgle.com, which noticed a very interesting tweet sent by Coyne on Saturday, November 10:

Coyne, who was en route to watch performances of his musical Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots (based on the 2002 Flaming Lips album of the same name), triggered an alarm when TSA agents discovered the grenade in his luggage. According to the police report, Coyne told officials that it was given to him at a party. Agents immediately shut down the entire airport and called in a bomb technician, who cleared the device after discovering it was disarmed and painted gold.

The blog also spoke with an anonymous air traveler who along with other fliers missed flights due to the bomb scare.

“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,” the source told The Lost Ogle. “Only option was to shell out $500 bucks for (two) literally last minute tickets on Southwest. I think Wayne Coyne should reimburse me, at a minimum I want to drop acid with him and Yoko Ono.”

The source also provided a blurry picture of Coyne and his wife waiting at the TSA scanner to the local blog, who harshly takes the Flaming Lips frontman to task for such incidents.

“His shtick has gotten old. Instead of seeing a creative genius at work, I feel like I’m watching an egotistical old man who’s obsessed with vaginas, open sores and bringing grenades to airports,” wrote the site’s editor-in-chief, known only as Patrick. “Sure, he’s still a great ambassador for our city and proof to the world that not all Oklahomans are right wing religious zealots, but I want the old Wayne Coyne back. Maybe someone can help Wayne find him.”

Among the Flaming Lips’ most recent projects include a track-by-track remake of King Crimson’s legendary 1969 debut album and prog-rock milestone, In the Court of the Crimson King.

–Scott T. Sterling, CBS Local


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