Concert by a Solo Artist - world record set by Alex Carlin
RADOMSKO, Poland -- Alex Carlin performed
500 songs, including the entire Beatles catalogue, in a 32
hours-long show took place at the Pub Bourbon Street - setting
the new world record for the Longest
Concert by a Solo Artist. Photo: Pictured with his TELEFUNKEN M
80 mic and Gibson J-45 guitar is World Record holder Alex
Carlin performing in Radomsko, Poland during the world'sLongest Concert by a Solo Artist / Telefunken
"Around hour 12 things were getting difficult
- my head felt like it was exploding and I had dark thoughts
about what later hours could feel like if it was already bad
"But soon things started getting better
and better. In fact, by the moment I was beating the 27-hour
record I felt great, and the last five hours were quite easy.
The last hour I was feeling very strong, playing Hendrix,
Led Zeppelin, Metallica and my song 'No Sleep Only Rock and
Roll' - high-
energy stuff. I was amazed that I could still sing those kinds
of vocals at the 32nd hour."
The previous Guinness world record for the
Longest Concert by a Solo Artist was 27 hours, 3 minutes and
44 seconds by the French-Canadian known as "Gonzales" in Paris.
During his world record attempt for the
Concert by a Solo ArtistAlex Carlin used a
Elektroakustik M 80 vocal mic and a Gibson J-45 acoustic guitar.
The extremely rugged TELEFUNKEN M 80 is designed for both
stage and studio, performance and recording.
Carlin was formerly in the 1977 cult-punk
band Psychotic Pineapple, based in San Francisco.
Now he plays 130 concerts per year, mostly in
Eastern Europe. Many of these shows are long solo concerts,
typically lasting more than 7 hours. After these concerts
Carlin likes to go to "after-parties," where he plays for
many more hours.