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The Flaming Lips' Wayne Coyne is going on a wacky tour of record stores, slowly turning into Willy Wonka

Wayne Coyne is taking his wacky self on tour this holiday season. The Flaming Lips frontman will be making stops at a number of record stores December 19-22, including Permanent Records in Chicago and Grimey’s in Nashville. Coyne will be signing copies of the Lips’ first-ever EP, 1984’s The Flaming Lips 1st EP and 1983’s The Flaming Lips 2nd Cassette Demo, both of which are being reissued on vinyl this month.

While on tour, Coyne will also be slinging a super-limited-edition version of the EP, which—true to outlandish Lips form—will come packaged in an “anatomically correct and life-sized… hand-crafted, custom-made solid chocolate skull.” As if that weren’t incentive enough for nerdy record collectors, every chocolate skull comes packaged with a gold coin that can be used for admission at any Flaming Lips headlining show in the world. It’s an inventive idea, if not also a sign that Coyne is officially off the deep end in his slow transformation into rock’s Willy Wonka. Next thing you know, he'll turn some fan into a blueberry.

Dates for both Coyne’s record store tour and all upcoming Lips shows are below.

Wayne Coyne record store tour 2013
Dec. 19—Grimey’s—Nashville, Tennessee
Dec. 20—Guestroom Records—Louisville, Kentucky
Dec. 20—Permanent Records—Chicago, Illinois
Dec. 21—Vintage Vinyl—St. Louis, Missouri
Dec. 22—Love Garden Sounds—Lawrence, Kansas

The Flaming Lips tour 2013-4
Dec. 29—1st Bank Center—Broomfield, Colorado
Dec. 30-31—Belly Up—Aspen, Colorado
Jan. 10—The Last Chair Festival—Squaw Valley, California
Jan. 26-30—My Morning Jacket One Big Holiday—Riviera Maya, Mexico
March 8—Gasparilla Music Festival—Tampa, Florida
March 21-22—BUKU Music + Art Project—New Orleans, Louisiana 

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