American rocker Wayne Coyne is bemused by the notion of celebrity, after
experiencing it first-hand while touring with Beck.
The frontman of psychedelic indie legends THE Flaming Lips co-headlined a
year-long tour across America with the LOSER musician and his band. And while
Coyne admires Beck, he found his removal from normalcy difficult to deal
Coyne says, "Being around Beck, I did get the feeling that he's just
removed from everyday existence.
"There would be times when he felt like he was just a normal guy, and then
other things seemed too weird for him. How does that happen? How do you get to
the point where you're not going to the store, buying a DIET COKE and driving
"Beck didn't treat people badly, he was just so oblivious to other
people's lives. None of it's horrible. He's not a Nazi or anything. He's just a
little inconsiderate. To be considerate you have to have some idea of what's
going on. I mean,
we'd be set to rehearse from noon till midnight every day. And there'd be days
when he wouldn't show up at all, and he doesn't call. I mean, we have
"I still love his music and I still admire him, but there were days when
you'd be like, If he does it one more time, we're all going home."