Eric Church Pays Tribute To The Band’s Robbie Robertson With Cover Of “Ophelia”

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Chief paying tribute to one of his musical heroes.

Last week, we lost one of the greatest classic rock songwriters of all time when The Band’s Robbie Robertson passed away at the age of 80.

Robertson was not only the lead guitarist for The Band but also wrote some of their most iconic hits with songs like “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down” and “The Weight.” Prior to The Band, Robertson served as guitarist for Bob Dylan alongside future member of The Band, drummer Levon Helm.

Eric Church has often spoken about the influence that The Band’s music had on his career, and has frequently included covers of their music in his setlists.

And this past weekend during his stop on the Outsiders Revival Tour in Chicago, Church paid tribute to Robertson with a rocking cover of The Band’s hit song “Ophelia.”

Speaking before the song, Church called the group “maybe the greatest band of all time,” and spoke about listening to their music as he was growing up.

He hasn’t played this song live on this tour, and in fact he hasn’t played it live since 2017, but it only seems appropriate to break it back out to pay tribute to Robertson – and with the horn section that he’s got with him for this tour, they absolutely rocked it.

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