Scott Helmer Goes For The Record
The magic number Helmer is targeting is 12. That’s two more gigs than the 10 shows current world record holder Hunter Hayes performed in 2014.
“Wait a minute, Pollstar,” you’re probably saying right now. “Didn’t Switchfoot’s Jon Foreman just complete more than two dozen performances in one day?” Yes, Foreman did do his “25 Shows In 24 Hours” Oct. 24. A Foreman representative told Pollstar that his shows didn’t qualify because of “the proximity of the ‘venues’ and the fact that they weren’t proper venues.”
So Helmer has a clear shot at the record and will embark on his quest during a 24-hour period beginning Nov. 30 at 9 p.m. PST on the deck of the USS Midway in San Diego. Last stop will be the Grand Theatre in Salt Lake City Dec. 1 at 10 p.m. MST. The 10 shows in between will take place in California, Nevada and Utah. The shows coincide with #GivingTuesday.
Now don’t go thinking Helmer, who has opened for acts ranging from Eddie Money to 3 Doors Down to Big Country, is doing this merely for the bragging rights that come with having one’s name in Guinness World Records. An artist who does 200 and more shows a year for charity, Helmer’s 12 concerts in 24 hours will help raise $1 million for Kostopulos Dream Foundation, home of Camp K in Salt Lake City. The shows will also help raise awareness about people living with disabilities and special needs.
Helmer’s commitment to charity dates back to 2008 when misfortunes resulted in him almost committing suicide. “If I can come back from the brink, anyone can,” Helmer said. “I hope my story inspires others to never give up.”
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