B.C. TEEN EMBARKS ON UNLIKELY PANDEMIC COLLABORATION WITH THE FLAMING LIPS

Nell Smith, 13, cut nine tracks with the Grammy-award-winning band during the pandemic

Nell sits at a piano with Coyne before a show in Calgary. (Submitted by Jude Smith)

A 13-year-old who struck up an unlikely friendship with a famously flamboyant rock star before the pandemic found herself recording with him and his band during the past year.

The band — you might have heard of them — is called the Flaming Lips.

The incredible journey starts with a concert almost three years ago that Nell Smith of Fernie, B.C., begged her dad to take her to.

Flaming Lips concerts are notoriously raucous affairs: part rock show, part Broadway show, part ticker-tape parade.

Audiences are encouraged to dress in costume and participate wherever the band from Oklahoma city plays.

Nell first saw the Flaming Lips perform in Washington state when she was just 10 years old.

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