Eric Church Tour Struck-Down But Not Out By the Flu
What happens when the flu strikes one of country music’s biggest tours? Eric Church says the show must go on. Eric’s crew and band were hit hard with the flu in Salt Lake City Saturday night. There was only Eric…no one to hang fancy lights or equipment…no band. But, instead of cancelling the gig, Eric played what will probably go down in history as one of his most memorable shows.
If you’ve seen our show so far on this tour, you’re probably wondering what the hell is going on right now. Well, so I am. Here’s the deal, yesterday we had the stomach flu strike our band, our crew, everyone. We had no one to hang video, lights, nothing. But I’m still here. I’m still standing. We’ve talked about how every show on the Outsiders Tour is different. Well tonight, will be the most different one. Shit there’s nobody left, its just me. I’m going to give you everything I got. We have a couple band guys that feel ok to get up and down here. Here’s the deal – on Memorial Day we’re going to come back and play the full show. I’m not going anywhere, I’m here to play. Its gunna be crazy. “
The stripped down show featured Eric on a massive stage playing an acoustic show, and promising to come back.
Halestorm opened the show with a full 45-minute set. The production and stage were scaled back – only four spotlights and a minimal floor lighting package showcased Church in this unique setting. Guitar players Jeff Hyde, Jeff Cease and Driver Williams joined Church for a few songs and Lzzy Hale came onstage for a remarkable acoustic rendition of “That’s Damn Rock and Roll.” Church worked six mic positions (scaled back from the normal 14), still performing to every section of the 360-degree setup. Supporting acts for the May 25 bonus show in Salt Lake City will be announced at a later date. Fans wishing to attend should hold onto all physical tickets. Those unable to attend that show can seek a full refund at point of purchase until 5 p.m. day of concert.
– Posted by TawnyTucker CMTT