HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Hundreds of residents had some live rock and roll with their morning coffee in downtown Hattiesburg early Thursday. The alternative band The Flaming Lips, with special guest Jackson Browne, rolled into the Hub City to perform a brief, but historic show to a packed house at Benny's Boom Boom Room.
It was part of an attempt to set a new world's record for performing the most live shows in a 24-hour period. Hattiesburg was the fifth stop on the tour which began in Memphis Wednesday night and ends in New Orleans Thursday afternoon.
"It's a big thing for Hattiesburg and the Flaming Lips are a great band, so they're definitely worth being up at this time of day," said Kelly Caldwell, a Hattiesburg resident who attended the 8 a.m. concert.
"I woke up and made sure to eat a hearty breakfast, so I could come out and at my full strength to see this momentous occasion in music-making history," said Brad Leggett, another Hub City resident who attended the show.
"We just wanted to come to the south, start in Memphis, end in New Orleans," said Van Toffler, president of MTV, VH-1 and CMT. "There's a great, diverse musical tradition throughout these towns and we just wanted to give back," Toffler said.
Toffler was part of a large entourage which traveled with the band, including camera crews and technicians, who videotaped the show. It was also streamed live on the internet at www.omusicawards.com.
After leaving the Hub City, the band traveled to Biloxi for a show there, before heading to Baton Rouge and then the Crescent City.