The guys of Big Time Rush have the biggest hearts I’ve ever seen. They are currently in the middle of their Summer Break Tour and rarely have time to themselves.
Today, July 22nd, was one of their nights off. Rather than spending the night in Boston with their openers, Jackson Guthy and Olivia Somerlyn, and their co-headliner Victoria Justice, they drove to Connecticut and performed a free concert for the residents of Newtown. The creator of their Nickelodeon show, Scott Fellows, is a Newtown native.
The 3,500 tickets were offered to the community of Newtown for the concert. Member Kendall Schmidt told a reporter from The Newtown Bee on July 17th that the band “really doesn’t need a lot of special effects if you just want to see us and we do a lot of things out in the audience. Our show is all about performance. I’m really proud of us. You’ll see when we come to Newtown how minimalist and simple, but how energetic and fun it is.”
The show, held at Fairfield Hills, was like all their other shows from this tour, minus the openers. Now, during each show on tour, they bring a girl on stage and sing their love ballad, “Worldwide,” directly to the girl, usually hugging her and occasionally kissing her on the cheek. According to friends who attended, at the Newtown concert, they brought up four girls and dedicated the song to the 20 children and 6 adults who died in the shooting in December.
It’s rare in our society to hear about popular celebrities doing good things, which is upsetting. The four gentlemen of Big Time Rush try their hardest to maintain a clean image for their Rushers, who age from six years old to middle-aged. They took their day off to play a FREE concert for a community that was shaken and is still working to get back on its feet. If that’s not pure of heart, then I don’t know what is.