This weekend spent 24 hours on the road with Hunter Hayes as he broke the Guinness World Record for playing the most concerts in multiple cities in one day.’s Annie Reuter followed Hayes along his journey and was there at The Stone Pony in Asbury Park, New Jersey, when he beat The Flaming Lips’ previous record of eight shows in 24 hours. Here’s her report from the road:

Last March, Hunter Hayes told me about his time opening for The Flaming Lips as they set the previous Guinness World Record for most concerts in 24 hours.

“I have to say, it was really impressive,” he said. “Four buses roll up and they have this 24-hour live TV show going on. They’re tracking the whole world-record-breaking process. The Guinness people were on hand with their notebooks. There were thousands of people that gathered around this little club for this little show and it was really cool.

“There was something about that that was really fascinating to me. That’s one day that I look back on with great interesting memories between the waking up early and the show. That was a fun, fun gig.”

Unbeknownst to me, Hayes was planning a record of his own. This year, he further explained how that experience sparked his own dreams of setting a new record.

“I definitely spent the entire trip home thinking about how we could maybe try it and attempt it and maybe even get a couple more shows in there. I remember looking on the map and texted my manager and said, ‘I think we could do maybe nine if not even 10.’ I thought it was nuts and apparently so did they but not nuts enough to not do it. We all decided it was a good idea and we’ve wanted to try it since.


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