And The Award For The Highest Musical Performance Goes To...
by Mike Hsu,posted Jun 4 2012 9:19AM
Not any of the usual suspects like The Grateful Dead, The Allman Brothers, or even The Rolling Stones could get as high as these guys. They wouldn't even be able to survive the trip. That's because this International collection of musicians had to climb one of the highest peaks in the Himalayas to play this gig.
Only 8 of the 10 musicians were able to make it to the top of Mera Peak, a close neighbor of Mount Everest, due to altitude sickness and exhaustion. But once the 8 reached the top with the help of of their Nepalese Roadies they were able to actually plug in, set up a microphone and stand, and serenade 10 climbers who agreed to pay $10 each to watch the show. I give these guys credit for being able to round up that many people in such a tough area AND be able to get a cover charge out of them. Some bands around here can't even get that kind of crowd at an actual club on a Saturday Night. They must have done a phenomenal promo job pasting flyers all over the Mountain.
Battling their own altitude sickness and fatigue as well as the less than friendly conditions they were able to get 40 minutes of music in. Group leader Oz Bayldon said he felt like "A 90 year old with asthma." Now you know how Keith Richards feels every night buddy. Frenchman JB Tilon said he could only play a few minutes before his fingers began to freeze. In the end the group was able to raise over $54,000 dollars to help locals build an Orphanage in Nepal.
The next record attempt should be the lowest performance at the bottom of then Mariana Trench in the Pacific Ocean. They could do it in the same diving apparatus James Cameron used. It would be tough to beat the current lowest performance on record though. You can see that one below: