March 25, 2023

Many bands have employed and used personal plane through the years – normally for transport to occasions or as a part of a worldwide tour. Utilizing an plane to carry a live performance is one thing very totally different, although. One occasion in 2007 stands out. The British band Jamiroquai held a personal live performance onboard a Boeing 757. They performed six songs in the course of the night time at 35,000 toes – fairly an occasion to be at!

The live performance was organized as a promotional occasion by Sony Ericsson. It held a contest for 200 individuals to win tickets to a mid-air live performance by the British band Jamiroquai. This was to happen on twenty seventh February 2007, just some months after the band launched a brand new album within the UK.


Promotion materials for the live performance said:

“Sony Ericsson is customising a specifically chartered airplane – ripping out seats and making a stage to verify the airplane is able to rock to some top notch music. This incredible occasion additionally features a luxurious after social gathering with one other dwell Jamiroquai efficiency with lodge accomodation on the secret European vacation spot and your return flight dwelling the following day.”

The live performance on a 757

A chartered Boeing 757 was used for the live performance. This solely had minimal inside modifications made to it. Some seats have been eliminated to create space for the band and the devices, however passengers merely watched from regular seats. Some lighting was arrange utilizing the overhead bins, and the live performance was proven on the conventional overhead screens by way of the plane. Externally, the band emblem and Sony Ericsson branding was painted onto the plane.

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The plane flew from Munich to Athens, with the band performing a six merchandise live performance at cruising altitude. After touchdown, company attended an additional occasion at a lodge in Athens, the place the band performed additional songs.

Altitude document damaged once more quickly after

The live performance set a Guinness World Report for the very best dwell live performance. Amazingly, this Guinness World Report solely stood for a few years. The US band Black Eyed Peas held a live performance referred to as “Mile Excessive Karaoke” in 2009. They used a Virgin Blue Boeing 787-800 plane, flying between Melbourne and Perth. This was up at 41,000 toes (beating Jamiroquai’s document). It additionally set a document for the very best observe recording.

In accordance with the BBC, the document for highest live performance was damaged once more in 2010 by James Blunt (at simply over 42,000 toes). It was then damaged as soon as once more in 2013 by Kim Wilde and Tony Hadley. They carried out for an viewers of 128 at 43,000 toes onboard a British Airways Boeing 767 plane.

Touring with an plane

This occasion was uncommon in that the band really held a ticketed live performance onboard. However there are many different examples of bands’ relationships with plane.

Iron Maiden is a good instance of this. The band employed a Boeing 757 plane for its 2008 to 2009 “Someplace Again in Time” tour. It included stops in Australia, India, Japan, and throughout South America. The band employed one other Boeing 757 for its 2011 tour, and a Boeing 747 for its 2016 “Ebook of Souls” tour. The plane have been flown by the band’s personal vocalist Bruce Dickinson – a educated Boeing pilot.

The Iron Maiden Boeing 747. Picture: Getty Pictures

The observe continues in the present day. Only recently, Easy Flying reported how Weapons N’Roses is touring South America with a Boeing 757 chartered from JetMagic.

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