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Eric Church On Touring Again: “For Me, I Think It’s Summer/Fall Of 2021”

FUCK.

Coronavirus isn’t done being a complete asshole to the entire world quite yet, and it’s no secret that the music industry has felt the brunt of it. We’ve lost beloved artists like Joe Diffie and John Prine to this virus, many have lost jobs in the music and touring industries to this virus, and we’ve lost concerts and festivals, which for many offer more than just a good time. It’s community, it’s fellowship, a sense of camaraderie than many only feel once as year.

And for Eric Church, despite how much he can’t wait to get back on that stage, he isn’t going to rush the process. In an interview with AP News, Eric said that the fans’ sense of safety was a top priority.

“When people come back, they have to feel that it’s OK to be there, that they can experience it the way they want to experience it. They should be able to go up and throw their arms around the person next to them. They should not be scared about being three feet away and not six.”

And when is that time going to come? You don’t even want to know…

“For me, I think it’s summer or fall of ’21. I am going on the promise of a vaccine. I’m going on the possibility of a therapeutic that could change the game.”

WHAT?!

A little part of me just died inside. I legit need a lunch beer right now…

Just yesterday we were talking about the possibility of a DOUBLE ALBUM and now we’re saying that a tour might not happen until a year and a half from now? Eric giveth, and he taketh away.

We’ll have to stay tuned on the tour news while we continue to ride this emotional roller coaster, but no matter when Eric returns to the stage, the songs for his upcoming album are ready to go. He recently recorded 28 songs in 28 days, but still hasn’t decided how they’ll be released quite yet. A double album is on the table, but right now, he’s just taking this time to marinate with the songs.

“I don’t know if this is an album, if it’s two albums, if it’s three… I feel confident enough with the material that people will get to hear all of these songs at some point.”

I vote double album, I vote sooner rather than later, and I vote somebody develop some kind of state-of-the-art technology to design a virtual reality concert experience so lifelike that you don’t even know it’s a simulation, because I’m about to lose my fucking mind.

What’s Elon Musk doing right now? Somebody get him to work ASAP.

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