Flaming Lips Steal Jay-Z's Odd Guinness Record

8-city, 1-day tour bests rapper's record of 7 shows in 24 hours
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 29, 2012 3:19 AM CDT
Wayne Coyne gives the audience a big hand at the end of the final gig in New Orleans last night.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – The Flaming Lips have rocked their way into the record books by playing eight gigs in eight cities in the space of 24 hours, toppling Jay-Z's record of seven. The veteran psychedelic rockers from Oklahoma kicked off the tour with a gig in Memphis and finished up in New Orleans with 20 minutes to spare, StarPulse reports. Stars including Jackson Browne and Grace Potter joined the band for duets along the way.

The tour was more about the fans than getting into the Guinness Book of World Records, frontman Wayne Coyne says—but he's happy to have broken the record. "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," he says. (Read more Flaming Lips stories.)

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