Wayne Coyne’s near-death experience has made him “less afraid” to take risks.
The 61-year-old star was robbed at gunpoint in a restaurant when he was just 17, and he admits the experience changed his outlook on music.
He shared, “I think it made me less afraid to do things in the name of art.
“I’m thinking now, ‘What harm is going to happen if I make a bad record?’ Once you stood there with a gun to your head and thought, “Well, I’m going to die,” the little things don’t bother you. It definitely shaped my fierceness – if it’s the right one. word. “”
Despite this, Wayne realized the incident wasn’t “normal” years later.
The Flaming Lips star told The Guardian newspaper: “There was a lot of robbery at that time.
“You assumed that if you got robbed you were also going to get shot, your body would be thrown in the cold room and your mom would find out on the news. That pizzeria was around the corner. I got the feeling that these guys had already robbed a few places, but all we saw was a brief police report.
“Aged 16, 17, I assumed, ‘Everyone must almost die two or three times growing up.’ It wasn’t until later in life that I realized this is not normal.”
Meanwhile, Wayne has previously admitted that making records “saved” him and his bandmates.
He said: “People forget: it’s about making records. It’s easy to think it’s about rock stars and all that kind of stuff, but it’s really about making records. What we really, really love is making albums and writing songs.
“If you don’t like doing that, you’ll end up stuck, because somebody has to make the records for you, or write the songs for you. That’s probably the thing that saved us in the end.”