Jason Aldean, American Aquarium And Other Artists React To Eric Church Canceling His San Antonio Show To Attend UNC Basketball Game

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At this point pretty much everybody with a social media account has voiced their opinion on Eric Church canceling his show in San Antonio to see his beloved UNC Tar Heels take on Duke in the Final Four this weekend.

Eric was trending on Twitter for almost two days with people weighing in, mostly his hardcore fans defending him and random people who probably don’t even listen to country music bashing him for the decision.

But what do Eric’s fellow country artists have to say about the decision?

Obviously one of the concerns is that canceling a show to go to a basketball game sets a bad precedent for other artists, who will now see it acceptable to bail on fans when something better comes up. So it’s been interesting to see other artists who have spoken out, and whether that’s a real concern.

Here are some of his fellow artists who have given their opinion on Eric’s decision:

Jason Aldean

Aldean was asked by the hosts of E! News’ Daily Pop whether he would ever cancel a show for a basketball game:

“This is a tricky question because Eric is a friend of mine. I’m a diehard Georgia Bulldogs fan, and Atlanta Braves, so I understand somewhat where he’s coming from.

I don’t know that I could cancel a show to make it to a game. I feel like people are buying a ticket to see your show, you kinda have to hold up your end of the deal on that. 

But I know Eric’s a huge basketball, Carolina fan. And I don’t want to dive into that too much, but I don’t think I would feel good if I did that so I don’t know if I could pull it off.”

American Aquarium

Ward Davis

Hot Country Knights

This one’s interesting because obviously, Hot Country Knights is really just Dierks Bentley.

Kelby Ray, Guitarist for The Cadillac Three

Kenton Bryant

Adam Hambrick

Shelby Lee Lowe

Shelby’s an up-and-coming artist out of Nashville, so obviously there are plenty of young artists out there who would kill for the opportunity to play a sold-out arena show no matter what else was going on.

So it seems that just like the general public, Eric’s fellow artists are also somewhat split on the choice that he made.

I will say this though: Does anybody really think that his next show in San Antonio won’t be sold out?

And I have a feeling that Eric will make it up to everybody in a big, big way. After all, he’s already proven himself to be one of the most selfless artists when it comes to taking care of his fans.

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