Published May 07, 2009Gonzales may already be known as a pianist, showman and producer but the Canadian expat is now out to add another title to his resume: Guinness World Record Holder. Starting at 11:30 p.m. on May 16 and ending in the wee morning hours of May 18, Gonzales will attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the longest concert by an individual by performing for 27 hours straight.
The current record is held by India's Prasanna Gudi, who played for 26 hours and 12 minutes.
"I will do this to push my musical and physical stamina," Gonzales says in the press release. "I believe music is part art, part athletics and this 27-hour concert will demonstrate both aspects."
A Guinness Book of World Records adjudicator will be in attendance, as well as medics. Gonzales will be tested for drugs and only allowed to take a five-minute break each hour as he goes through a repertoire that will include some 300-odd recognizable songs from all eras and styles of music, including much of his work, with no repetition of material.
"I will break the record without sounding like a broken record," Gonzales says.
The concert is going down at the Cine 13 Theatre in Paris, but if you aren't going to be in France, you can stream the concert online in its entirety at Gonzales's website.