The Flaming Lips have been known to cover full albums on a whim, whether in concert or on record, but their next album is going to be a tough one. This year, the band are releasing a full-album cover of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, and they’re enlisting some musicians to give them a hand. The band’s all-star tribute, titled With A Little Help From My Fwendz, comes out on October 28th on Warner Bros.
The list of contributors was revealed by lead singer Wayne Coyne yesterday via a post on his Instagram account. Included on the list are My Morning Jacket, J Mascis, Dr. Dog, Tool lead singer Maynard James Keenan, Grace Potter, Foxygen, MGMT, Moby, Tegan & Sarah, and Miley Cyrus. That last one is probably most surprising, given that Miley Cyrus and The Flaming Lips don’t necessarily fit together on paper, but she has struck up a friendship with Coyne in recent months. (Their friendship may be one of the reasons why former Flaming Lips drummer Kliph Scurlock decided to jump ship.)
In the meantime, the band is set to be on the road for most of the year. Fans in Minneapolis can expect a treat, though: Coyne announced that the band will play their 1993 album Transmissions From The Satellite Heart in its entirety at First Avenue on September 14th.