Date: 11 March 2013
Originally published in: BBC website (UK)
Pop stars Kim Wilde and Tony Hadley have taken to the skies to set a new world record for the highest ever gig, singing on a Boeing 767 aeroplane.
The 1980s favourites performed at 43,000ft (13,000m) for Comic Relief, beating the previous record of 42,080ft (12,825m) set by James Blunt in 2010. They were joined by Bananarama and Go West for the 80s Gig in the Sky, an acoustic show for 128 passengers. Passengers also set a record for the highest ever Harlem Shake. The internet craze involves groups of people doing comical dances in unlikely settings.
Kim Wilde became an internet sensation herself before Christmas when a video of her singing her hits on a commuter train went viral. She said: “I’m becoming an old hand at performing on public transport, in fact I’m getting a bit of a taste for it, so when British Airways asked me to play at 43,000ft I simply couldn’t resist. It was great fun and I’m proud to have been a part of it.”
Wilde sang her hits You Came, You Keep Me Hangin’ On and Kids in America.
The concert was part of British Airways’ charity partnership with Comic Relief, Flying Start, which has raised more than £4m over the past three years.