Is This the World’s Largest Rock Band? The Guinness Book of World Records Says So, But…

According to, the boffins at the Guinness Book at World Records were on hand at the Beijing Contemporary Music Academy to certify that China has created the largest rock band ever. With 953 members, Guinness says, this is the biggest band of all time.

But hang on. What about that group in Italy that offered up those famous tributes to the Foo Fighters known as the Rockin1000? The last time I looked, 1,000 >953. But maybe their error was not to have a Guinness rep to verify their numbers.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ 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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