New World Record For Headbanging Set On July 4th
It was 25 years ago that one of the silliest movies ever made premiered in theaters. Little did we know in 1992 that we would soon be saying phrases like, "Party On", "Schwing", and the inescapable "Not!"
Wayne's World was the second movie to be based on a Saturday Night Live sketch, following 1980's The Blues Brothers. The plot is based around a public access cable television program starring young rock 'n' roll fans Wayne Campbell (played my Mike Myers) and Garth Algar (played by Dana Carvey.) The show is broadcast from Wayne's parents' basement and attracts a cult following. The fun begins when a major studio buys the program and tries to improve it. The studio ends up destroying the innocence and original appeal of the show, and Wayne tries to save the show with his new girlfriend, Cassandra (played by Tia Carrere).
The show is noted for its cameo appearances by Chris Farley, Meat Loaf and Alice Cooper, in addition to the famous headbanging scene set to Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody.
This year Aurora, Illinois, decided to honor the movie that was set there by attempting to break the record for Most People Head Banging Simultaneously and thereby earning a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records. The existing record is 320 people and is held in Australia.
On July 4th, Aurora residents clad in flannel shirts and bandanas converged on RiverEdge Park. The Fox Valley Orchestra and a choir were on hand to perform Bohemian Rhapsody live. When the choir sang the words "Beelzebub has a devil put aside for me, for me, for meeeeee" the anticipatory tension of the crowd crescendoed and exploded when the iconic guitar solo began. Over 1000 attendees began to wildly bang their heads under the watchful eye of monitors in attendance as required by Guinness Book of World Record rules.
No word yet on whether the record will be recognized by Guinness, but we proudly say to all the participants, "Party on, Aurora!"