Coyne Instagrammed the photo Monday from Aspen, where the band was playing consecutive New Year’s shows at the intimate rock club the Belly Up. Coyne tagged the photo: “Yesss!! Hangin with Govornor Hickenlooper!!! @bellyupaspen fuck yeah!!!!! #flaminglips #legalizedit”
Coyne has talked candidly about his penchant for marijuana before. Hickenlooper, however, opposed Amendment 64, which legalized recreational weed — and he wasn’t planning on going out to pot shops on opening day to support the newly legalized drug.
But still, #legalizedit.
Other local gems from Coyne’s Instagram account via his three-night Colorado stint (including a Dec. 29 date opening for String Cheese Incident at the 1stBank Center in Broomfield):
“Goin through Okie From Muskogee with The Cheeeeeeese!!!!” — Backstage video of the Lips jamming with String Cheese on Merle Haggard’s most lasting tune.
“A Day In The Life!!!!! @bellyupaspen #flaminglips” — New Year’s Eve video of the Lips covering the Beatles (in true, psych-rock fashion) in Aspen.
“Goin through tunnels goin through mountains… Cool!!!” — The Lips getting transported back to Denver via the Eisenhower Tunnel.
Sounds like Coyne & Co. enjoyed their Colorado retreat.