In 1989, while performing his trademark “guitar windmill” move, The Who’s Pete Townshend impaled his hand on the tremolo bar and required hospital treatment. These are the kinds of injuries that can result from good, hard rock-and-roll.
The following world record competitors have risked bodily harm to pay tribute to Townshend. In true VH1 style, we go behind the scenes, tracing the history of this hardcore record.
The current record of 137 was set at the Pitch Fork Music Festival by Joseph Gunderson in 2009.
The record was born in paying homage to legendary guitarist Pete Townshend. Hayley Kennedy of Brooklyn, New York completed 125 air guitar windmills at a party in Williamsburg in 2009. Since then the record has been beaten three times.
Sure, 137 windmills in 60 seconds is a very tough standard to beat, at least for humans. But with all the rock concerts that happen each and every day, it’s surprising that this record hasn’t been broken in over two years. If you reckon you can take it on, submit your attempt at recordsetter.com/submit.
Otherwise, here are some records that have not yet been set, meaning that if you submit one of these categories, you’ll become a world record holder!
- Most People at a Concert Doing Air Guitar Windmills
- Most Parties Attended in One Night
- Most Pete Townshend riffs played in One Minute