Hunter Hayes’ agenda for this week: drop an album, break some records.
The country star just released his highly anticipated sophomore album, Storyline, on Tuesday and today (May 9) he’s attempting to break the Guinness World Records title for the most concerts in multiple cities during a 24-hour period.
Now, you would think Hunter would be a bit stressed out about the whole thing, but actually he’s just looking at the gigs as one big jam session.
“I was sitting down with the band last night and I didn’t mean to do this, but I kind of had this little speech and I was like ‘Think about it, we are going to do a show in the morning and then we are gonna get to jam all day long,” Hayes told MTV News about the shows. “It’s not like we are stressing out over 10 shows. We have to make sure it’s fun because that’s the idea. The fans have supported us on this whole thing and it has to feel like everybody’s having fun.”
The “Invisible” singer is attempting to steal the crown from The Flaming Lips, who set the record for the most concerts performed in multiple cities in a 24-hour time period during the 2012 O Music Awards. And get this, Hunter actually opened for the band during one of the stops on their record-breaking journey.
Hunter kicks things off with a performance on “Good Morning America,” before heading to Boston, New York and other cities along the East Coast before wrapping things up with a 5 a.m. gig in Philadelphia.
The country star said he doesn’t know how he’s going to mentally prepare himself for the 24-hour stretch but has been advised to stay away from two things: caffeine and talking.
“No coffee. That would be the worst thing, you get even more tired because of it,” Hunter said. “My goal is to not to talk in between the shows because talking is actually much harder on my voice then singing, apparently. I’m learning slowly, but surely. I’ll learn all the lessons by the end of it.”
The concert series, which is called Hunter Hayes’ 24 Hour Road Race To End Child Hunger, will benefit the hunger-relief charity, Feeding America.
Here’s a complete rundown of Hunter’s itinerary:
»8 a.m.- New York, NY @ Good Morning America
»9 a.m.- Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club
»11:30 a.m.- Worcester, MA @ Palladium Upstairs
»1:45 p.m.- Providence, RI @ Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel
»4:15 p.m.- New London, CT @ Garde Arts Center
»6:45 p.m.- New Haven, CT @ Toad’s Place
»9:00 p.m.- Stamford, CT @ Palace Theatre
»11:30 p.m.- South Orange, NJ @ South Orange Performing Arts Center
»2:00 a.m.- Asbury Park, NJ @ The Stone Pony
»5:00 a.m.- Philadelphia, PA @ Trocadero