On Saturday evening, music history was made as guitar virtuoso Steve Vai led a massive group of 7,968 guitarists in a world record-breaking performance of Jimi Hendrix`s classic hit "Hey Joe."
The event, which took place in the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, was organized by Guitar Center, the world's largest retailer of guitars and musical equipment. Guitar Center CEO, Ron Japinga, expressed his excitement about the event, saying, "We are thrilled to have Steve Vai and this incredible group of guitarists join us in making history tonight."
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The previous record for the largest guitar ensemble performance was set in 2013 in India, with a total of 6,346 participants. However, with almost 2,000 more guitarists in attendance, Steve Vai and the crowd easily surpassed that number, setting a new world record.
The atmosphere in the coliseum was electric, as the thousands of guitarists gathered to perform together under the direction of Steve Vai. The energy in the air was palpable, as the guitarists strummed and plucked their way through the iconic riffs of "Hey Joe."
The event was not just about breaking a world record, however. All participating guitarists also raised money for the Guitar Center Music Foundation, a non-profit organization that provides instrumental and music lessons to underprivileged children. After the performance, Steve Vai thanked the thousands of guitarists in attendance, saying, "This is a great moment for music and guitarists everywhere. Thank you for joining us for this historic event."
Overall, the world record-breaking performance of "Hey Joe" was an unforgettable moment for both music lovers and guitar lovers. With the passion and skill of Steve Vai and the thousands of guitarists who participated, there is no doubt that he will go down as one of the greatest guitar performances of all time.