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Flaming Lips Attempt to Break World Record for Most Shows Played in One Day

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The Flaming Lips are feeling a little ambitious as they attempt to immortalize themselves in the Guinness Book of World Records. The band will try to play the most shows in multiple cities in a 24-hour period.

As NME points out, the current world record for this feat is held by hip-hop king Jay-Z. The rapper performed seven shows in seven different cities in 2006. Flaming Lips intend to one up Mr. Shawn Carter with eight shows in eight cities.

“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,” frontman Wayne Coyne said in a press release. “I’ve accepted the attempt at breaking the world record of performing eight shows in 24 hours.”

Coyne continues: “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 eight in the morning … Well, I’m open to new experiences.”

It seems many rockers want to make their mark on the Guinness Book of World Records, whether it’s legit or not. Former White Stripes singer Jack White recently attempted to set the world record of the most metaphors in one concert, only to be disqualified.

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