For every quality you can think of, there’s always someone who has more of it.
If you think you’re big. There’s always someone bigger. If you think you’re strong. There’s always someone stronger. If you think you’re fast. There’s always someone faster.
For example, one day while Eric Church was in New York City he had the idea of buying himself and his wife, Katherine, Rolex watches.
Church assumed that buying two Rolex watches would impress the jeweler. If you know Church, then you know he wasn’t trying to flaunt his wealth. He was just proud of his success. Proud that his career afforded him the ability to buy not one, but two Rolex watches.
Well, as Church was buying the lavish timepieces he learned that the jeweler was not impressed. Apparently, actor Sylvester Stallone, to celebrate the release of his new Rocky movie, had just visited the retail space and purchased 16 Rolex watches.
No matter what it is there’s always someone with more of it.
It’s so rare to find anyone at the pinnacle of anything. Church has a long way to go to reach the zenith of buying expensive watches, but he does sit on top of one apex.
Holdin’ My Own Tour
No one puts on a better live show, and no one cares more about their fans, then country music superstar Eric Church.
That’s why we can say, with confidence, that if you only attend one concert in 2017, you can’t go wrong attending an Eric Church show.
You’ll have ample opportunity to catch the singer-songwriter in the new year. The North Carolinian has already announced an itinerary that includes sixty-plus dates.
Church launches his “Holdin’ My Own Tour” on Jan. 13, 2017 at the Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln, Nebraska. From there, Church visits cities like Boston, Philadelphia, Toronto, Phoenix, Los Angeles, and Washington D.C.
His trek concludes May 27 at the Bridgestone Arena. That will be the second of two consecutive nights in Music City.
Those in attendance should expect to hear quite a few Eric Church songs including “Guys Like Me,” “Over When It’s Over,” “Drink in My Hand,” “Country Music Jesus,” and “Pledge Allegiance to the Hag.”
Don’t forget to bring your spare cowboy boots that are lying around your closet. It’s customary that during the performance of “These Boots,” audience members throw western-inspired footwear onto the stage. Church sometimes autographs the boots and throws them back.
No Supporting Act
For the first time in Church’s career (which began in earnest in 2006), he’s touring without an opening act. Instead, Church and the ECB will play two full sets. The two sets will be sandwiched between an intermission.
It’s big news that Church is touring solo. During his career he has hit the road with a bevy of big time artists including Kenny Chesney, Jason Aldean, Miranda Lambert, Dierks Bentley, and of course, Rascal Flatts—he was kicked off of Flatts’ tour for playing too long.
Once again, if you know Church then you know that “playing too long” was not a slight against Rascal Flatts, but a tribute to his fans—the hardcore ones call themselves the Church Choir—and a testament to his work ethic.
Church doesn’t want to merely play music. He doesn’t want to simply take the stage and cycle through his hits (of which he has a bunch). He wants to bring the house down.
“There’s a lot of people that play their 75 minutes and get off the stage. With… [“Holdin’ My Own Tour”], I’m not afraid to play two sets in three hours. You want to make a better record than everyone. You want to write the best song. You wanna have the biggest tour. That’s just me.”
Church wants to give his fans a once-in-a-lifetime concert. He wants concert goers to walk away having just experienced a night of music they’ll never forget.
To accomplish this, he’ll performs songs from all of his studio albums, and he’s constantly changing his set list to ensure that each live performance is fresh and unique.
He’s even been known to hand a copy of his set list to fans and ask them to pick a song. Whatever song they picked; the band plays it.
Then, there’s that famous night in Beantown. His entire band was too sick to perform. Instead of canceling the show, Church performed an acoustic set.
Now, you may accuse Church of going unplugged because he wanted to avoid issuing a refund, but again, if you know the singer, then you know that he really doesn’t give a crap about the business side of Nashville.
Besides the aforementioned run-in with Rascal, Church has also been critical of the songs his record label picked for his first few singles.
Furthermore, Church’s “Creepin’,” “The Outsiders,” and “Smoke a Little Smoke” are not exactly what you would call country radio friendly. Most country artists wouldn’t record those songs with a ten-foot banjo, much less release them as singles.
Church knows his success has earned him the right to do what he wants and he’s not letting this freedom go to waste.
“The mistake a lot of people make is the more success they have, the safer they play it. That’s wrong: I think the more success you have, the more dangerous you should play it.”
If you need more reasons to check out Eric Church in concert, then consider this. His biggest hit is “Springsteen.”
Although the story only references “The Boss,” and is actually about a teenage romance, the title is still appropriate. After all, no one is more synonymous with high-energy, fans-comes-first concerts than Bruce Springsteen.
Therefore, it’s fitting that Church not only performs “Springsteen” but usually performs the song as his closer (Church has also been known to perform “Born in the U.S.A.” too).
If there’s anyone who can surpass Church when it comes to rocking the house, it’s Springsteen. We also dare to add the phrase “vice versa.”
Remember, we didn’t say Church sits alone on the apex of performing live. He has company, and one of those keeping him company is, The Boss.
This tour will be unlike any other. Church is an artist in the midst of becoming a legend before our very eyes.