wake up Stairway to heaven? Not quite, but the Hamburg musician Johannes “Johnny” Ritter played an air guitar solo 327 meters above the grounds of the heavy metal festival in Wacken in the basket of a hot air balloon – according to the organizers the highest in the world so far.
The successful record attempt took place shortly before 7 a.m. on Saturday morning. A record judge from the Record Institute for Germany (RID) officially confirmed this. The RID markets itself as the German-language counterpart to the Guinness Book of Records. Around half a dozen judges are out and about nationwide to take top marks.
The predetermined minimum height for the record was said to be 300 meters. The attempt at the highest air guitar solo in the world took place for the first time. So the performance of someone else didn’t have to be outbid.
When the 300 meters were reached, the first notes of music sounded and Johnny started, as a spokeswoman reported. “The aim was to incorporate as many spectacular riffs and moves as possible into one’s live performance in a 60-second solo.” The challenge here was that a hot-air balloon at such a height reacts to fast movements.