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Published: 2012/06/29

The Flaming Lips Break Guinness World Record

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The Flaming Lips are the latest record-breakers to be published in The Guinness Book of World Records.

Yesterday, the Lips beat out Jay-Z for most concerts performed in multiple cities in a 24-hour period. Flaming Lips front-man Wayne Coyne described the event as “...one of life’s absurd joys.”

The band kicked off the 24-hour tour on July 27 in Memphis and traveled South along the Mississippi Delta ending last night in New Orleans. The Lips played in 8 different cities (Jay-Z previously held the record at 7) with a series of guests performing their own songs and joining the Lips onstage at each stop. Highlights from the tour include Grace Potter joining The Flaming Lips for a cover of Led Zeppelin’s “The Song Remains The Same” in Oxford, MS and The Flaming Lips backing up Jackson Browne on “These Days” in Hattiesburg, MS. The band’s 2002 song “Do You Realize” was a mainstay on the tour finding its way onto the setlist of 5 shows. Gary Clark Jr, GIVERS and Neon Indian also joined the Lips along the way.

The record-breaking tour was produced in conjunction with Viacom Music & Logo Group’s O Music Awards which traveled with The Flaming Lips in the band’s tour bus and gave out awards in categories such as Best Web-Born Artist and Most Innovative Solo Performer along the way.

Video of select performances from the The Flaming Lips whirlwind tour are available online..

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