Jack White may be trying to evoke his way into the Guinness Book Of World Records with metaphors, but the Flaming Lips are simply going for cold, hard numbers. The band are trying to break Jay-Z’s record for the “most live concerts in 24 hours in multiple cities.”
In 2006 Jay-Z used a plane to hit seven cities in the time taken for a single revolution of the Earth. On June 27 the Lips will try to top the rapper’s tally when they take “the Magical Mystery Merry Prankster bus” for a daylong joyride around the American South. The band’s eight stop mini-tour will start in Memphis and finish in New Orleans and coincides with the O Music Awards, whose website will stream the record attempt.
Speaking in a press release, singer Wayne Coyne described the event as follows:
Like when the Sex Pistols did their one and only American tour, the weird mid-south (Memphis to New Orleans), has something very absurd about it when contrasted with radical visionary musicians. … Elvis and Jazz were at one time radical, but are now mainstream tourist attractions. … I don’t remember if I was asked or if I volunteered. … But, I’ve accepted the job of, not DRIVING, but commandeering the Magical Mystery Merry Prankster bus. … I’ve accepted the attempt at breaking the world record of performing 8 shows in 24 hours. And I’ve explained to the music freaks at MTV, VH1 and CMT that I am not a host. … But, I always liked the way Jerry Lewis would get all sweaty toward the end of his yearly telethon. … To play and sing Flaming Lips songs at 8:00 in the morning… Well… I’m open to new experiences…