Flaming Lips' Wayne Coyne rocks Guitar Hero double neck

Wayne Coyne, 47.
Wayne Coyne, 47.

The Flaming Lips have always done things a little differently. Whether that's involved releasing an album on four separate discs intended to be played at the same time, or crowdsurfing inside a massive bubble, Wayne Coyne and co have given it a bash.

Famed for their kaleidoscopic live shows, the band's latest piece of crazy gear has been revealed to be a double-neck Epiphone G-1275 customised to include, amongst other things, a Guitar Hero controller.

Speaking while filming a jingle for US TV network NBC, Coyne explained: "I've constructed this great looking Guitar Hero double-neck guitar thing here because there's a lot of kids out there that actually think this is how you play guitar now. You just press a series of four or five buttons and it makes every sound the guitar can make."

"There's a lot of kids out there that actually think this is how you play guitar now."

Coyne's pimped double neck consists of one regular guitar neck, and a neck with a Guitar Hero controller hooked up to a Korg Kaossilator. Check out the video here via EW.com for weird noises galore.

In other Guitar Hero news, KFC has teamed up with Activision to launch a Guitar Hero-themed fast food deal packing in a whopping 59 grams of fat and 1210 calories. And that's before you factor a vat of cola into the equation. MusicRadar attempted to contact Buckethead but he was unavailable for comment.

Finally, if that's too much for your taste buds, tongue-waggling KISS legend Gene Simmons has put his name to the Guitar Hero controller that taste forgot, due out on Halloween:

Chris Vinnicombe worked with us here on the MusicRadar team from the site's initial launch way back in 2007, and also contributed to Guitarist magazine as Features Editor until 2014, as well as Total Guitar magazine, amongst others. These days he can be found at Gibson Guitars, where he is editor-in-chief.