The Flaming Lips have broken the world record for playing the most live shows in 24 hours.
BBC News reports that the Oklahoma band performed eight times across the Mississippi Delta as part of MTV’s O Music Awards, beating the previous record set by Jay-Z.
The rapper played seven gigs from Atlanta to Los Angeles in 2006, but Wayne Coyne and co went one better after starting their run of shows in Memphis, Tennessee and finishing in New Orleans, Louisiana, with 20 minutes to spare before the deadline.
Speaking from the stage, Coyne said: “At five this morning you thought you were going to crawl in, barely be able to sing and hope you can just survive it. But as the day went, everywhere we would go they’d give us energy – now I feel I could go another 24 hours.”
The singer also released a statement commenting on their historic achievement, writing:
To be published alongside the man who ate 22lbs (10kgs) 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.
Earlier this week (June 29), Coyne revealed that he wants to replace Erykah Badu with Amanda Palmer in the highly NSFW video to ‘The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face’.
The controversial clip sparked a row between Coyne and Badu, who claimed that she felt “violated” by its contents and insisted that Coyne should have sent the video to her for approval, but the frontman told NME that he would still work with the singer again despite the ruckus. “It’s a joy to be with people like her,” he said. “If it was just me and her I would fight with her all day. It’s just a video, y’know. It’s a silly thing.”
The band released their latest LP, ‘The Flaming Lips And Heady Fwends’, on June 26. The record features collaborations with Badu, Ke$ha, Nick Cave and Yoko Ono.