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The Flaming Lips’ Wayne Coyne tells story of Jack White giving him a fibre-optic Jesus at a Beck show

“And so, he gave us the fiber-optic Jesus,” the singer added. “I took it home and then we were doing some session where we needed some extra songs. We didn’t have any extra songs, so we would sometimes just make a song up right there. And I made up that song.”

He added: “So, he gave me the fiber-optic Jesus, and I remember plugging in thinking, “Man, this is cool.” I mean, it’s not that cool if it doesn’t come from Jack White, but it’s cool that it came from Jack White. I think people think that’s something that I would have. It’s not really something I would have. I wouldn’t collect stuff like that. But if Jack White gives you one, then you keep it.

“I took it home and I plugged it in the front of my house on the mantle. It was plugged in for about a year, and then it stopped working. I never turned it off. And when I went to see it, I was like, “Hey, I guess the light burned out or something.” Then I saw there was a sticker that said, “Don’t leave this on for more than eight hours at a time.” And I left it on for like a year.”

Admitting he “[doesn’t] know where it is now” but is “sure I still have it,” Coyne said: “You just don’t have room for everything in your house, so I’m sure I still have it. I wouldn’t throw it away.”

Elsewhere, Coyne has spoken about a lost Flaming Lips musical which he said screenwriter Aaron Sorkin wanted to be about 9/11.

The band are set to head out on a 2023 tour, where they will play ‘Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots’ in full to celebrate its 20th anniversary.