China Breaks Guinness World Records for 'Largest Performing Rock Band'

By | Sep 28, 2016 09:55 AM EDT
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China’s Beijing Contemporary Music Academy broke the world record for being the “Largest Performing Rock Band” after 953 musicians played a show altogether in Tianjin.

China’s Beijing Contemporary Music Academy broke the world record for being the “Largest Performing Rock Band” after 953 musicians played a show altogether in Tianjin.(Photo : YouTube Screenshot)

China's Beijing Contemporary Music Academy broke the world record for being the "Largest Performing Rock Band" after 953 musicians played a show altogether in Tianjin, the Guinness World Records announced on its website on Monday.

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The 953-person rock band included 349 singers, 154 guitarists, 151 drummers, 101 bassists, 100 keyboard players, and 98 wind instruments. It was led by no other than singer-songwriter Cui Jian, who was dubbed as the "Father of Chinese Rock" and one of the earliest artists to record rock in the country.


Officials from the Guinness World Records Tina Shi and Dong Cheng judged the band's attempt and then eventually announced the group's success. Of note, criteria for judging also included that the performance must be of good standard and should be conducted by an experience professional.

Officials from the Guinness World Records Tina Shi and Dong Cheng judged the band’s attempt and handed the award.
(Photo : YouTube Screenshot) Officials from the Guinness World Records Tina Shi and Dong Cheng judged the band’s attempt and handed the award.

Beijing Contemporary Music Academy's 953-person band triumphantly beat the previous record of 520-person band, which snatched the title on June 23, 2013 in France. It had 121 drummers, 62 keyboardists, 168 guitarists, 97 singers, and 72 bass players, and played "7 Nation Army" by The White Stripes.

Meanwhile, just last month, 1,007 robots also smashed the world record for the "Most Robots Dancing Simultaneously" at the Qingdao Beer Festival in Shandong, China.  

The QRC-2 robots, which stand at 43.8 cm tall, were controlled by just one mobile phone. The robots, created by Ever Win Company & Ltd., need to dance for at least one minute to beat the record.

The company successfully snatched the title by nearly doubling the previous record of 540 dancing robots, which was won earlier this year by another Chinese company UBTECH Robotics Corp.



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