Hunter Hayes is out to break the Oklahoma rockers Flaming Lips’ Guinness World Records record . They once played eight shows across the Mississippi Delta in 24 hours in 2012. So what Hayes is going to do is play 10 shows — in 10 different cities — in 24 hours. Oh, and he’s going to try to put an end to childhood hunger, too.
It’s one of those win-win situations. I’d say that really the only one who’s going to have it hard that day is Hayes himself.
He will start this 24-Hour Road Race to End Child Hunger on May 9 with a performance on Good Morning America. From there, he will get in a Mercedes Benz and race around Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. The race will end with Hayes’ last performance — scheduled for 5 a.m. the next day (May 10) — in Philadelphia.
If my math is correct and Hayes plays an average of 10 songs at each stop, give or take a few, that means he’ll be playing 100 songs in a day. That’s a remarkable feat and knowing Hayes’ seemingly nonstop supply of energy, there’s not a doubt in my mind he will make fans at the last stop feel just as important as the fans at the first stop.
Tickets to the mostly all-ages shows are on the low end (around $10-15), but Hayes will be raising more than just awareness and the cost of the tickets. At each show, he will auction off the Martin OM-42 he just played to add to his donation to the cause.
Hayes’ second studio album, Storyline, will be released during that same week.
Road Race Schedule:
8 a.m. — New York City, Good Morning America
9:15 a.m. — Boston, Paradise Rock Club
11:30 a.m. — Worcester, Mass., Palladium Upstairs
1:45 p.m. — Providence, R.I., Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel
4:15 p.m. — New London, Conn., Garde Arts Center
6:45 p.m. — New Haven, Conn., Toad’s Place
9:00 p.m. — Stamford, Conn., Palace Theatre
11:30 p.m. — South Orange, N.J., South Orange Performing Arts Center
2 a.m. — Asbury Park, N.J., Stone Pony
5 a.m. — Philadelphia, Trocadero