When Rock Daily caught up with Wayne Coyne backstage at the taping of VH1 Rock Honors: The Who (airing tonight), the Flaming Lips frontman told a story about riding to a Who show on the back of his older brother’s motorcycle and being utterly blown away. “I already believed in rock & roll,” he explains, “but seeing the Who really made me feel it. I knew I had to become a musician after that. What the Who did was they gave me no choice — which is what you want. It’s like falling in love, and it’s not up to me anymore.” Eddie Vedder expressed a similar sentiment when RS chatted with him at Saturday’s big Who tribute show: “These guys changed my whole world. It’s a big part of why I get to do what I do.”
For complete coverage of VH1 Rock Honors, check out rocknrolldiary.com. Also look for Rolling Stone correspondent Jenny Eliscu on VH1’s broadcast 9 PM ET tonight.