Ongoing History Daily: The largest rock band EVER

Over the years, there have been several attempts to put together the largest rock band in the world. How many members can you get in one place playing the same song?

The last time I checked, the last “largest rock band ever” confirmed by the Guinness Book of World Records was an ensemble put together by the Beijing Contemporary Music Academy back in 2016. They counted 953 people, including 100 keyboardists, 98 people playing wind instruments, 349 singers, 154 guitars, 101 bass players, and 151 drummers.

However, you may have heard about the Rockin’ 1000 out of Italy, who assembled 1,002 players who performed an 18-song set in front of 15,000 people in Germany in July 2019. Unfortunately, the Guinness people didn’t seem to be present for that one.

If you missed yesterday’s story about the world’s largest guitar pedalboard, go here.

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Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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