Some bands win Grammys. Others release gold and platinum records, while some top charts or maybe land songs in car commercials. Not as many set Guinness World Records.
Earlier this year the Flaming Lips broke the record for most shows performed in a 24-hour period, playing eight from Memphis, Tenn., to New Orleans.
Now the Melvins are getting in on the act — the band is attempting the fastest-ever tour of each of the United States, playing one show in every state plus the District of Columbia.
The tour started Sept. 5 in Alaska and ends Oct. 25 in Hawaii.
“The reason the tour was booked was because we’re trying to sell the ‘Freak Puke’ record,” singer and guitarist Buzz Osborne said, talking about his band’s latest album. “It’s a publicity stunt, not unlike the way someone like Evel Knievel would jump a building.”
The Guinness record for the fastest U.S. tour by a solo artist is held by singer-songwriter Adam Brodsky, who played a similar 51-shows-in-51-days itinerary in 2003.
The Melvins will perform at 7 p.m. Sept. 27 at Crocodile Rock, Allentown. Visit www.crocodilerockcafe.com for more information.