The Flaming Lips Attempt To Break Jay-Z’s Record
If you’re a superfan of The Flaming Lips, then you need to head over to the southern states of America where – on 27-28 June – the band are due to play eight concerts in 24 hours in a bid to break Jay-Z’s record for the most live concerts in 24 hours in multiple cities.
The Lips will kick off the tour in Memphis, stopping at Clarksdale, Oxford, Hattiesburg, Biloxi, Baton Rouge, ending up finally in New Orleans. New Fumes, Gary Clark Jr., Grace Potter & the Nocturnals, Neon Indian, Hunter Hayes, GIVERS and Grimes have been announced as opening acts for the shows.
The Guiness World Record for the most live concerts performed in 24 hours in different locations is seven events. This was set by Jay-Z in 2006, who performed in seven different cities to promote the release of his album ‘Kingdom Come’. Jay-Z began his musical odyssey at 7am on 18 November, and finished at 1:15 am on 19 November 2006, with concerts performed in Atlanta, Philadelphia, Washington DC, New York, Chicago, Los Angeles and Las Vegas. And although Jay-Z pulled off his World Record by flying between venues, The Flaming Lips have ditched the executive jet in favour of a tour bus taking them through the American south.
“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,” said lead singer Wayne Coyne in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter.
The Flaming Lips attempt will be streamed live at the O Music Awards (www.omusicawards.com). The O Awards is a digitally-driven event that celebrating artists, fans and innovators that have impacted digital music culture, and 24 awards will be presented during the 24-hour live stream of the show (head to www.omusicawards.com now to place your vote).