The Flaming Lips have announced via their website that the band will be attempting to set a Guinness World Record for the most live shows performed in a 24-hour period. The official statement reads:
“The Flaming Lips will be attempting to break the Guinness World Record for the most live shows in 24 hours (multiple city) on June 27 (Jay-Z currently holds the record). You can vote and keep up with the show when it’s live at omusicawards.com/”
An article by Pitchfork elaborates on the record attempt, noting that Jay-Z became the record holder in 2006 when he played 7 shows over 7 cities travelling via plane in what was dubbed The Hangar Tour.
The Flaming Lips will attempt to break the record traveling by bus on June 27, with the shows being streamed live and scheduled to coincide with the O Music Awards.
In a press release, Flaming Lips’ frontman Wayne Coyne addressed the proposed record attempt:
“Like when the Sex Pistols did their one and only American tour, the weird mid-south (Memphis to New Orleans), has something very absurd about it when contrasted with radical visionary musicians. … Elvis and Jazz were at one time radical, but are now mainstream tourist attractions. … I don’t remember if I was asked or if I volunteered. … But, I’ve accepted the job of, not DRIVING, but commandeering the Magical Mystery Merry Prankster bus. … I’ve accepted the attempt at breaking the world record of performing 8 shows in 24 hours. And I’ve explained to the music freaks at MTV, VH1 and CMT that I am not a host. … But, I always liked the way Jerry Lewis would get all sweaty toward the end of his yearly telethon. … To play and sing Flaming Lips songs at 8:00 in the morning… Well… I’m open to new experiences…”
You can also watch Coyne speak about the Guinness World Record attempt right here, right now…
Watch: Wayne Coyne – Flaming Lips Guinness World Record Attempt