Flaming Lips break Guinness record of most live shows in 24 hours
The Flaming Lips are taking a break after successfully completing eight shows across the Mississippi Delta in 24 hours, breaking the Guinness World Record previously held by Jay-Z.
The Oklahoma rock outfit boarded a tour bus and worked their way across the southern U.S. earlier this week (6/27-6/28), performing in clubs with the help of several other acts, including Jackson Browne, Grace Potter & The Nocturnals, GIVERS, Neon Trees, Gary Clark Jr., Karmin, Hunter Hayes, MNDR, Neon Indian and others.
The entire record-breaking outing, which was streaming online the entire time and took place during the O Music Awards, is currently available via the event's website for those who missed it the first time around.
"To be able to pick up this silly drinking book -- after all, Guinness is a beer -- this funny book that when I was growing up was a curiosity," The Flaming Lips frontman Wayne Coyne said in a press release. "To be published alongside the man who ate 22 pounds of his own boogers, beside the woman with the longest toenails or perhaps even to be published beside an individual who has had maybe 1000 cockroaches stuffed into their ears... that, to me, would be one of life's absurd joys."
The Flaming Lips will return to the road early next month with a European trek, followed by a handful of North American shows beginning in August. The eclectic rock band is finishing up a new studio album due out later this year, according to a press release.
Earlier this week, the group released "The Flaming Lips and Heady Friends," on CD, a collection which was previously available exclusively on vinyl for Record Store Day (4/21). The set contains collaborations with an array of musicians, including Ke$ha, Bon Iver, Nick Cave, Ghostland Observatory and Yoko Ono, among others.
7 - Kongsberg, Norway - Kongsberg Jazz Festival
10 - Padua, Italy - Sherwood Festival
11 - Turin, Italy - Le Gru
13 - Ostrava, Czech Republic - Colours of Ostrava
15 - Dour, Belgium - Dour Festival
20 - Thornville, OH - All Good Festival
22 - Dover, DE - Firefly Music Festival
27 - Schonwalde-Glien, Germany - Greenville Festival
9 - Madison, WI - Pondamonium
16 - St. Louis, MO - LouFest
9 - Dana Point, CA - Dohney Days Music Festival
14 - Victoria, British Columbia - Rifflandia Festival