March 11, 2013 12:47
Kim Wilde and Spandau Ballet's Tony Hadley break world record for highest ever gig
1980s stars were joined by Bananarama for their rendition of 'Harlem Shake' in aid of Comic Relief
A host of musical faces from the ’80s made their way into the record books this weekend (Sunday, March 10) for performing the highest ever gig on a jumbo jet.
Kim Wilde and Spandau Ballet's Tony Hadley also enlisted the help of Bananarama and Go West to perform Baauer's viral craze 'Harlem Shake' for 128 passengers on a Boeing 767 aircraft at 13,000 metres (43,000 feet) in aid of Comic Relief. To break the record, which was previously held by James Blunt, who performed at 12,825 metres (42,080 feet), the artists had to perform a 15-minute set accompanied by musical instruments. The artists performed for 22 minutes and 36 seconds, with Wilde playing 'You Came', 'You Keep Me Hangin' On' and 'Kids In America', while Hadley performed acoustic renditions of 'True', 'Gold' and a cover of Queen's 'Crazy Little Thing Called Love'. The whole bash – titled 80s Gig In The Sky – was to celebrate 25 years of Red Nose Day and was hosted by Shane Richie.
This is Kim Wilde's latest venture in public transport gigs, after she treated passengers on the London Underground making their way home from Magic FM's Christmas Bash to an impromptu performance of her hit single 'Kids In America' at the end of last year.
"I'm becoming an old hand at performing on public transport, in fact I'm getting a bit of a taste for it, so when British Airways asked me to play at 43,000ft I simply couldn't resist," Wilde said in a statement. "It was great fun and I'm proud to have been a part of it."
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