As promised, The Flaming Lips set out on the road today with one goal in mind: to earn a world record for the most shows performed in 24 hours in multiple cities. The band will caravan from Memphis to New Orleans (check out the schedule below), and Paste contributor Wyndham Wyeth will be along for the ride. Check out our interview with frontman Wayne Coyne about the show, and read our live tweets (using hashtag #FlamingLipsRecord) for the event below:
6:20 p.m. The band will now play a full set for the New Orleans crowd. Expect a full recap and photos tomorrow. Now, if you’ll excuse us, we’re going to get some sleep…
6:18 p.m. They did it! The Flaming Lips have the World Record for the most concerts in the most cities in 24 hours! And with 20 min to spare!
6:08 EVERYONE is singing along to “She Don’t Use Jelly.”
6:01 p.m. The last show begins with “Do You Realize?” It looks like the band’s got this in the bag. Wait for the official word.
5:55 p.m. The band takes the stage for the last time on this tour.
5:49 p.m. Quote from the crowd: “Does Jay-Z have to come here to hand over the title?”
5:40 p.m. It looks like they’re about to do it! The record is in their grasp!
5:39 p.m. I can see Jackass’ Chris Pontius standing offstage wearing a marching band outfit. WTF?
5:35 p.m. The set looks phenomenal! Like something out of Michel Gondry’s sweetest dreams. Made from a disco ball, duct tape, rainbows and love.
5:27 p.m. They’re here setting up. Right now a giant disco ball is being hung from the ceiling.
5:20 p.m. We’ve arrived at the final stop in New Orleans. Band could get record here. Stay tuned.
4:03 p.m. Passing The Flaming Lips’ tour bus on the interstate. Everyone send out positive vibes that they’ll make it on time (Remember, they’re not allowed to speed on this trip).
3:49 p.m. In case you were wondering, here’s what seven shows of press passes look like. Only one more until this is complete!
3:16 p.m. The band once again closes with “Race for the Prize,” and we’re off to the last show!
3:00 p.m. A ball of orange yarn was just thrown onstage, and Downfall’s singer is wasting no time wrapping it all around her body
2:56 p.m. That was brain melting. Next Up: “I’m Working at NASA on Acid” from Heady Fwends.
Linear Downfall has joined on both performances, doing a spectacular job. The singer’s vocals on “Schizoid Man” we’re particularly impressive.
Massive pedal manipulation going on right now.
2:55 p.m. The Baton Rouge set opens with a cover of King Crimson’s “21st Century Schizoid Man.”
2:40 p.m. We’re getting closer and closer to the end. Will they make it? Show No. 7 begins momentarily.
2:26 p.m. Just walked into Baton Rouge’s Varsity Theater to hear the end of Givers’ set. Closing number “Up, Up, Up” sounded solid!
11:32 a.m. The band has played the necessary time to make this set count but have decided to play one more. This time they’re opting to close with “Race for the Prize.”
11:24 a.m. Next up is a cover of The Police’s “Invisible Sun.”
11:20 a.m. After some technical difficulties, the band started this set with an unreleased song featuring Phantogram.
10:42 a.m. There’s nothing like standing ankle-deep in a pool, getting ready to see The Flaming Lips on a beautiful summer day.
10:40 a.m. Phantogram’s Sarah Barthel just showed up sporting an At War with the Mystics tote.
9:55 a.m. Just arrived in Biloxi. It looks like MTV’s Spring Break here as Neon Trees perform in front of a pool with a backdrop of palm trees and bikini-clad dancers.
8:10 a.m. Now that we’re out of the soup of sweat that was concert No. 5, it’s on to Biloxi.
7:55 a.m. Oops! “These Days” accidentally cut a little short. But we’re on a time crunch. Now on to “Ashes in the Air” from Fwends with Browne singing Bon Iver’s part.
7:50 a.m. The Flaming Lips have arrived with Jackson Browne in tow!
Hattiesburg set kicks off with Browne’s classic “These Days.” This is legendary.
7:07 a.m. Good Morning! We’re ready and waiting for the 5th show of the tour, this time in Hattiesburg, Miss.
Hunter Hayes and his band are waking us up this morning until Wayne and Co. arrive.
4:27 a.m. If the Jackson show is any indication, the band may be tired and disoriented, but they don’t show signs of slowing soon.
4:24 a.m. At this hour, it’s no coincidence that “Do You Realize?” is starting to sound like a lullaby. The Flaming Lips are closing out their fourth set, and we are now on our way to Benny’s Boom Boom Room in Hattiesburg, Miss.
3:58 a.m. Jackson show opens with “Is David Bowie Dying?” with Alan Palomo making an appearance.
The band follows up the strangely titled track with a tribute to Bowie’s “Heroes.”
3:50 a.m. Wayne Coyne and Neon Indian frontman Alan Palomo hug as the band warms up.
3:28 a.m. Neon Indian is officially signing off. Next up, The Flaming Lips!
2:51 a.m. We’ve reached the halfway point in the tour! Neon Indian is at the venue working the crowd up now in Jackson.
1:41 a.m. Still on the way to Jackson from Oxford (don’t worry, there’s no tweeting and driving here). Some fun facts about this tour:
- No Guinness rules can be broken: That means no speeding, no drinking and no drugs on the tour.
“So let’s say we’ve played seven of the shows and they’re going great and then we get pulled over by the highway patrol on the way to New Orleans,” Coyne told us earlier. “Bam, we don’t get the world record.
-The current record for most concerts held in 24 hours in multiple cities is held by Jay-Z, who performed in seven different locations for his “Hangar Tour.” The difference in this trip—no planes will be used.
“And of course, we don’t really know what’s going to happen,” Coyne said about the tour. “A tornado could come through or something and change the whole thing that we do. It’s all up for grabs, you know.”
12:15 a.m. We’re off again! Headed to Duling Hall in Jackson, Miss.
11:43 p.m. Grace Potter has joined the band for a short set of Led Zeppelin covers including “The Song Remains the Same” and “The Rain Song.”
11:30 p.m. ...And we’re back! The crowd is eagerly waiting for the third show, this time in Oxford, Miss.
10:00 p.m. Another round of “Do You Realize?” ends show—Band has promised to play the tune in all cities.
9:47 p.m. The band plays another song from their back catalog: “Be My Head” from Transmissions From the Satellite Heart.
9:34 p.m. First song of second show is “2012 (You Must Be Upgraded)” from The Flaming Lips and Heady Fwends.
9:05 p.m. The band is now warming up at the Ground Zero Blues Club, a juke joint gem in Clarksdale. The house is packed.
6:52 p.m. Band’s last song in Memphis is “Do You Realize,” and now we’re off to Clarksdale, Miss.
6:42 p.m. Now playing, in its live debut, “It’s Summertime” from Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots.
6:36 p.m. First song of the tour is “Girl, You’re So Weird” from The Flaming Lips and Heady Fwends featuring New Fumes.
6:35 p.m. In case you didn’t know, the mayor of Memphis is a badass. Charismatic and genuine, plus the dude came on stage in this heat wearing a full suit and tophat.
The clock has officially started ticking. Here we go!
6:30 p.m. Band invites fans to follow them to all shows, promising plenty of new material. Still waiting on mayor and Guinness.
6:07 p.m. The band is now playing “Race for the Prize,” which is appropriate because, well, they’re racing for a prize.
6:06 p.m. @TheFlamingLips are going to Sun Studios after the show to present an award. “Then we’re going to buy some fucking fireworks,” says Coyne.
5:55 p.m. Wayne has entered his giant ball for the first time this evening.
No matter how many times he gets in that ball, he looks like he’s having as much fun as the first time.
The band is playing a short pre-attempt set, which will be followed by words from Memphis’ mayor and Guinness.
Our live tweets of @TheFlamingLips’ world record attempt kick off now!
Just spoke to @WayneCoyne. Did he sleep well last night? Of course not! The band’s got a record to break.