Did Travis Scott Really Break the World Record by Performing "Goosebumps" 14 Times in a Row?
One indie rock band might have outdone him—with more than 100 plays.
Travis Scott shows have become live music's closest thing to a decathlon. Up for plunging into the pit from a balcony? What about rushing past security to get closer to the stage? Or watching the star of the show fall into a gaping hole onstage? If you can handle the near-riotous conditions and know what you're signing up for, it looks like it could be a blast. But over the weekend, Scott pushed fans to more than just their physical limit.
Scott performed "goosebumps" a whopping 14 times in a row at his recent Oklahoma City show. That number is significant for a few reasons: if he performed the song in its entirety every time, it would have come close to the one-hour mark (unlikely). But more importantly, he broke a world record previously set by Jay Z and Kanye West on their Watch the Throne tour—they performed "Ni**as in Paris" 12 times in a row, which was the most times an artist had played one song in a single concert. And judging from the video below, no one seemed to mind as the song passed a dozen plays.
But did Scott really break the world record with his "goosebumps" marathon? It gets a little dicey. Indie rock provocateur Bradford Cox (of Deerhunter and Atlas Sound) once performed an unhinged, hour-long version of "My Sharona" after a heckler was giving him a hard time. Since it didn't have a distinct number of song breaks, Cox probably can't be in the running—but The National have a legitimate claim to the title.
The Cincinnati indie rock lifers famously performed their song "Sorrow" for six hours straight (105 times), at MoMA in 2013. This tally just obliterates Scott's feat from over the weekend. But since they were performing at an event that that advertised itself as one track on loop instead of a traditional concert, maybe it's not eligible for the award? Either way, Matt Berninger and his bandmates should check in with Guinness World Records before Travis claims his certificate.