Major bummer. From the promoters:
We have a correction regarding the Flaming Lips' performance at the 2009 Pitchfork Music Festival. The "Write the Night" series, in which tickets holders get to vote on the songs that they want to hear, is happening on Friday, with Built to Spill, the Jesus Lizard, Tortoise, and Yo la Tengo. The Flaming Lips will be closing out the Festival on Sunday, July 19th, but they will not be part of the "Write the Night" series, as was previously indicated. We apologize for any confusion. Any problems regarding tickets purchased due to what was previously reported can be addressed with TicketWeb for reimbursement at email@example.com. Thanks, and we hope to see you in July.
Neither Pitchfork promoter Mike Reed nor Lips manager Scott Booker could be reached for comment (yet), so it's not clear what happened. But with all things Flaming Lips, the buck stops with bandleader Wayne Coyne, so let me direct this to him:
Hey, Wayne: You guys have been playing more or less the same set for almost a decade now; a few new songs get added, one older song gets dropped in per night, and maybe a cover, but mostly we get a lot of eye candy, with very few if any real musical surprises. How is this major Chicago festival appearance going to be any different than the Lollapalooza show a few years ago, or any of a dozen recent Lips shows your fans may have caught in these parts? What's the matter, buddy: Afraid to deviate from the standard set list, stretch out as in the old days, and either succeed brilliantly or fail nobly? Don't you think the fans at an eclectic, diverse and independent festival in one of the cities that has always been among the band's strongest bases of support deserve and would accept something a little left of center--something different and special? Or is this just another paycheck like all the other big corporate festivals and the Kraft salad dressing commercials?
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah... um, no, no, no, no, no, no.