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Published: 2012/05/23

The Flaming Lips to Compete for Most Shows in a Day Record

The Flaming Lips will attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the most live shows in 24 hours on June 27. The group will travel by bus to eight shows in six cities over the 24 hour period, all of which will be streamed live in conjunction with the O Music Awards. The action will begin in Memphis, Tennessee and conclude 24 hours later in New Orleans.

The record for more live shows in 24 hours is currently held by Jay-Z, who set the record with seven shows in seven cities back in 2006 as part of “The Hangar Tour”.

Lips frontman Wayne Coyne recently discussed the feat in the following statement:

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…

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