The Flaming Lips have successfully broken the Guinness World Record for the most concerts performed in multiple cities during a 24-hour period. After touring in 8 cities in 24 hours by bus, the Wayney Coyne-fronted band successfully took over the achievement from former record-holder Jay-Z, who previously traveled in 7 cities via private jet.
The Oklahoma alternative rock band traveled across the Mississippi Delta on Wednesday, June 27. They kicked off the mini tour in Memphis, Tennesse and wrapped it up on Thursday in Louisiana. The tour was also made merry by some special guests, including Grace Potter and the Nocturnals as well as Jackson Browne.
Shortly after finishing the record-breaking gigs, frontman Coyne shared to WENN, "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 1,000 cockroaches stuffed into their ears... that, to me, would be one of life's absurd joys."
The tour was documented and broadcast by Viacom's O Music Awards throughout a 24-hour live stream. It became the most-viewed digital driven event from Viacom Music & Logo with more than 43 million viewers.
"Achieving this record-breaking musical journey has been exhausting and exhilarating at the same time," Music & Logo president Van Toffler said, as quoted by The Hollywood Reporter. "Wayne, the Lips, all the musicians and fans that greeted us along the Delta and a sweaty tired crew made for some choice moments on this trek. Now it's time for all of us to take a long hot shower."
The mini tour also served as part of the 2012 O Music Awards with prizes announced during each tour stop. Winners of this year's OMAs included Selena Gomez (Best Artist with a Camera Phone), Karmin (Best Web-Born Artist), Tokio Hotel (Fan Army Award) and Adam Lambert (Must Follow Artist on Twitter).
The Flaming Lips performed "Do You Realize?" at Memphis stop:
The Flaming Lips performed "The Song Remains the Same" at Oxford stop: