Flaming Lips set world record for live shows

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.

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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.”

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