The Flaming Lips Break Jay-Z's 24-Hour Performance Record
Psych rockers perform eight shows in one day
It's official: The Flaming Lips are the music world's road warriors.
The psychedelic rockers from Oklahoma set a new Guinness World Record for most live shows in a 24-hour period, finishing off their feat of eight performances Thursday night in New Orleans.
Their journey started a day earlier in Memphis, Tenn., and they were joined on their trip south through the Mississippi Delta by several other acts and celebrities in celebration of MTV's O Music Awards. Jay-Z held the record previously at seven shows in 24 hours.
"It seems very possible we could get the world record -- which I'm not even that interested in," frontman Wayne Coyne told Billboard.com last week. "But I think we've turned it into this... very interesting bunch of things for the Flaming Lips to do, to play with a bunch of our friends, play with a bunch of weird artists and for our audience who will be in tow with us. I think it will be a great, strange day that will go down in Flaming Lips history."
While the Lips were rocking, Selena Gomez, Big Freedia, Karmin, Adam Lambert, iamwhoiam and 30 Seconds to Mars picked up O Music Awards wins.
The Flaming Lips recently released the experimental, guest-laden album "The Flaming Lips and Heady Fwends," and Coyne says that another studio album is in the works, and could be out before the end of the year.
"It's going to be a great, very strange, beautiful, emotional record," Coyne says. "It's music that was kind of happening by accident while we were making this 'Heady Fwends' record; in-between those (songs) we would secretly be making music we didn't know we were making, and later we would hear these little pieces of music and be like, 'What is that? That's cool. Who is that?' 'It's us.' 'It's us?! Really?' and we'd collect things and put them together."
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