For 5 @ 5 today, we’re going to go over some WORLD RECORDS in Rock & Roll!
Gigs on the Most Continents in 24 Hours:
This week in 1995, Def Leppard scored the Guinness World Record for playing three gigs in three continents in 24 hours. Tangier, London and Vancouver. A little bit of Canada in there, eh?
Metallica beat a “continental” record in 2013. They became the first band to perform a concert on every continent in one year after ripping it up for 120 scientists and some lucky competition winners at Carlinin Station in Antarctica.
They played for an hour calling the gig Freeze ‘Em All appropriately.
From the Guinness Book of World Records:
Metallica’s lead vocalist, James Hetfield commented, “Seven continents in one year with Antarctica being THE gig of a lifetime…Yes, 120 scientists and competition winners. Not to mention the 300 very curious penguins!”
Unlike regular Metallica gigs the Antarctica concert was held without traditional amplification due to the icy continent’s fragile environment.
Amplifiers were instead enclosed in isolation cabinets, with the sound transmitted to the audience via headphones, similar to “silent discos” sometimes found at music festivals.
Who else has played an EXTRA ICY gig?
In October 2015, an industrial-metal band called The Defiled played a 30-minute set on a floating iceberg in the middle of the Greenland Sea as part of the Jägermeister’s Ice Cold Gig series, where fans watched from nearby fishing boats!
Longest Drum Marathon on Rock Band
A guy from London, Ontario actually achieved this record! 26 hr 40 min, whoa nelly Sean “Phr34k” Feica! It happened back in July 2008.
Feica played every song available on Rock Band at the time (a total of 243 songs) in order of difficulty. He achieved a 5-goldstar rating on 141 songs, of which 56 were full combos. Once every song was completed, Sean finished with an encore of the appropriately titled “Still Alive” by Jonathan Coulton, more commonly known as the Portal end theme.
Longest Bass-Playing Marathon
This record also belongs to a Canadian from Ontario! Kevin Latimer played his bass for 40 hours in August 2013 and he kept it interesting by using several different rock-star wigs throughout the 40 hours!
Largest Performing Rock Band:
The Beijing Contemporary Music Academy in China had 953 musicians playing a show together in Tianjin.
Longest Tour By a Rock Band
Thirty Seconds to Mars played 309 concerts, finishing their tour in New York in December, 2011.
Largest Combined Audience From a 12 Month Musical Tour
The Rolling Stones win this one. Their average attendance for the first 122 shows of their 134 day VooDoo Lounge Tour was 47,289 per show, for a total estimated audience of 5,769,258 people!
This tour stopped in North and South America, Africa, Asia, Oceania and Europe between 1 August 1994 and 1 August 1995.
Worlds Wealthiest Band
No surprise here, the Rolling Stones also take this record. Mick Jagger alone was said to have a fortune worth $313 million in 2012 and guitarist Keith Richards followed just under at $289 million.
First Musician-Created Internet Service Provider
Bowie, always ahead of the game. In 1998, he launched BowieNet, a high speed Internet service available across North America and eventually the world with which you got a customized home page, a davidbowie.com email address, news groups and chat rooms and unreleased Bowie audio, video and pictures.
Bowie is also behind the First Music Video Filmed in Space:
This one was recorded aboard the International Space Station during Commander Chris Hadfield’s mission.
First Song to Sell more on Xbox than iTunes
Mötley Crüe released Saints of Los Angeles simultaneously on iTunes and Xbox Live for Rock Band players to download and that made for 47,000 copies in its first week on Xbox Live and 10,000 downloads for the iTunes version.