Hunter Hayes breaks world record for a good cause

Samantha Mathewson

Hunter Hayes left New Haven as fast as he came, Friday, May 8, in an effort to fight child hunger and break a Guinness World Record during his 24-hour Road Race. 

Hunter Hayes/ AP Photo
Hunter Hayes/ AP Photo

Hayes played 10 live shows in 10 cities within 24 hours, breaking the record for the most concerts played in multiple cities in a 24-hour period. The record was previously set by Flaming Lips, the rock band who, in 2012, performed eight shows in 24 hours.  

Hayes started his race May 9 at 8 a.m. on Good Morning America, and continued to Boston and Worcester, Mass., Providence, R.I., New London, New Haven and Stamford Conn., South Orange and Asbury Park, N.J., and Philadelphia, Pa.

While addressing the energetic crowd at Toad’s Place Friday night, Hayes promised that, although it was a short tour, he and the band would make every second fun for the audience.

For his New Haven stop, Hayes played four songs: “Storyline,” “Invisible,” and “Tattoo” from his newly-released album Storyline, and “Wanted” from his self-titled album.

Dan + Shay opened the show, playing the perfect set to get the crowd ready for Hayes. They ended with their iTunes top song and video, “19 You + Me.”

Hayes teamed up with ConAgra Foods and their Child Hunger Ends Here program. The program had its own challenge during the tour – to break the record for the most meals donated in 24 hours.

Martin Guitar, Proctor & Gamble, Mercedes-Benz USA, and Ahold USA sponsored the tour, along with Stop & Shop, who gave away free recycle shopping bags and wristbands to guests as they entered Toad’s.