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Flaming Lips Attempt to Break Jay-Z Concert Record

Psychedelic rockers will try to play eight concerts in one day

Wayne Coyne of The Flaming Lips and Jay-Z
Chris McKay/WireImage; Gary Miller/FilmMagic
May 23, 2012 9:10 AM ET

The Flaming Lips have announced a plan to attempt to best Jay-Z's Guinness Book record for the most live concerts in 24 hours in multiple cities on June 27th. Jay-Z scored the record on November 18th, 2006 by performing in seven cities – Atlanta, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., New York City, Chicago, Los Angeles and Las Vegas – to promote his album Kingdom Come. The Lips are planning to hit eight cities and will stream the gigs live to coincide with MTV's O Music Awards.

Though Jay-Z achieved his record by flying around the country, the Lips plan on pulling this off by traveling by bus through the American South. "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," frontman Wayne Coyne said in a written statement. "I've accepted the job of, not DRIVING, but commandeering the Magical Mystery Merry Prankster bus."

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