Eric Church Performs In-The-Round During Opening Weekend of The Gather Again Tour | Photo Credit: Anthony D'Angio | Size: 2.5MB | Type: JPG |
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Nearly 700 days since wrapping his critically acclaimed Double Down Tour, reigning CMA Entertainer of the Year (and current repeat nominee) Eric Church stepped to the microphone in Lexington, Ky. on Friday evening to officially launch The Gather Again Tour with a show two years in the making.
Prowling around his brand-new 2,400 square foot multi-level stage, positioned in the center of the arena floor for his first-ever in-the-round set up, Church launched into three and a half hours of music spanning his impressive decade-plus catalogue of both hits and deep cuts beloved by his loyal Church Choir.
From multi-Platinum-certified singles including “Talladega” and “Drink In My Hand” to fan favorites like “Chattanooga Lucy” and “Pledge Allegiance to the Hag” as well as a sampling of the 24 songs making up his latest chart topping project, Heart & Soul, the current CMA Male Vocalist of the Year nominee’s vocals shone through stronger than ever after the unexpected time away from the road.
Indeed, Church continued well past the end of the intended set list each night in response to the crowds palpable energy, with Friday’s performance eventually transitioning from a “Born to Run” rendition into his 6x Platinum-certified “Springsteen,” thrilling the crowd with a personalized chorus of “a soundtrack to a Lexington Friday night” before pausing mid-song to describe the opening night celebration as “the tip of the spear for what this tour is” and proclaiming: “We are made to gather – and gather we did and gather we shall!”
The congregation continued Saturday evening in Columbus, Ohio with a brand-new set list as Church remains committed to giving fans in each city a completely unique experience.
The Lexington Herald-Leader raved of the “energetic 40-song bonanza” that was opening night: “the entire show possessed an intriguing stylistic variance” and “was massively audience-friendly” while the Columbus Dispatchcelebratedthe way Church “treated the arena like his own personal honky-tonk, keeping the evening loose and likeable rather than bombastic or tightly controlled” as he “combined the storytelling power of country music with the energy and anarchy of rock.”
The Gather Again Tour continues with 55 additional dates to come as Church visits cities throughout the U.S. and Canada into 2022. Tickets to all dates, including the grand finale at New York City’s iconic Madison Square Garden, are on sale now at EricChurch.com.
All tour dates will enforce local venue and/or city guidelines regarding COVID-19 precautions. Church will be touring with a fully vaccinated crew.
For more information, visit www.ericchurch.com and follow on Facebook and Twitter @ericchurch and Instagram @ericchurchmusic. Fans can also download the Eric Church Official App for exclusive offers only available on tour – including seat upgrades, contests and special merchandise – all while connecting with fellow fans from around the world.
Remaining Dates on The Gather Again Tour * denotes special appearances not part of The Gather Again Tour Sept. 24, 2021 Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse Cleveland, Ohio Sept. 25, 2021 KeyBank Center Buffalo, N.Y. Oct. 1, 2021 Alerus Center Grand Forks, N.D. Oct. 2, 2021 Canada Life Centre Winnipeg, Manitoba Oct. 8, 2021 PPG Paints Arena Pittsburgh, Pa. Oct. 9, 2021 Wells Fargo Center Philadelphia, Pa. Oct. 15, 2021 Ball Arena Denver, Colo. Oct. 17, 2021* Country Thunder West Florence, Ariz. Oct. 22, 2021 Scotiabank Saddledome Calgary, Alberta Oct. 23, 2021 SaskTel Centre Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Oct. 29, 2021 Rogers Arena Vancouver, British Columbia Oct. 30, 2021 Climate Pledge Arena Seattle, Wash. Nov. 5, 2021* ATLive: The King & The Chief Atlanta, Ga. Nov. 12, 2021 Thompson-Boling Arena Knoxville, Tenn. Nov. 13, 2021 Ford Center Evansville, Ind. Dec. 3, 2021 SNHU Arena Manchester, N.H. Dec. 4, 2021 UBS Arena Belmont Park, N.Y. Dec. 10, 2021 The Anthem Washington, D.C. Dec. 11, 2021 The Anthem Washington, D.C. Dec. 17, 2021 Bon Secours Wellness Arena Greenville, S.C. Dec. 18, 2021 Greensboro Coliseum Greensboro, N.C. Jan. 7, 2022 Pinnacle Bank Arena Lincoln, Neb. Jan. 8, 2022 Denny Sanford PREMIER Center Sioux Falls, S.D. Jan. 14, 2022 Scotiabank Arena Toronto, Ontario Jan. 15, 2022 Canadian Tire Centre Ottawa, Ontario Jan. 21, 2022 Van Andel Arena Grand Rapids, Mich. Jan. 22, 2022 Little Caesars Arena Detroit, Mich. Feb. 4, 2022 KFC Yum! Center Louisville, Ky. Feb. 5, 2022 Bankers Life Fieldhouse Indianapolis, Ind. Feb. 11, 2022 CHI Health Center Omaha, Neb. Feb. 12, 2022 Wells Fargo Arena Des Moines, Iowa Feb. 18, 2022 T-Mobile Center Kansas City, Mo. Feb 19, 2022 BOK Center Tulsa, Okla. Feb. 25, 2022 Hampton Coliseum Hampton, Va. Feb. 26, 2022 Spectrum Center Charlotte, N.C. March 4, 2022 Amway Center Orlando, Fla. March 5, 2022 Amalie Arena Tampa, Fla. March 11, 2022 United Center Chicago, Ill. March 12, 2022 Enterprise Center St. Louis, Mo. March 18, 2022 Resch Center Green Bay, Wis. March 19, 2022 Resch Center Green Bay, Wis. March 25, 2022 Legacy Arena at the BJCC Birmingham, Ala. March 26, 2022 Simmons Bank Arena Little Rock, Ark. April 1, 2022 Dickies Arena Fort Worth, Texas April 2, 2022 AT&T Center San Antonio, Texas April 8, 2022 Toyota Center Houston, Texas April 9, 2022 Smoothie King Center New Orleans, La. April 15, 2022 Moda Center Portland, Ore. April 16, 2022 Spokane Arena Spokane, Wash. April 29, 2022 ExtraMile Arena Boise, Idaho April 30, 2022 Vivint Arena Salt Lake City, Utah May 6, 2022 Pechanga Arena San Diego, Calif. May 7, 2022 STAPLES Center Los Angeles, Calif. May 11, 2022 Golden 1 Center Sacramento, Calif. May 13, 2022 T-Mobile Arena Las Vegas, Nev. May 14, 2022 Gila River Arena Glendale, Ariz. May 20, 2022 Madison Square Garden New York, N.Y. July 8, 2022* Pendleton Whisky Music Festival Pendleton, Ore. Aug. 27, 2022* Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena at Harvey’s Stateline, NV Aug. 28, 2022* Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena at Harvey’s Stateline, NV
About Eric Church Reigning CMA Entertainer of the Year and 10-time GRAMMY nominee Eric Church has spent the past year releasing new music at a relentless pace; providing a glimpse into the results of a marathon writing session during which he spent nearly a month writing and recording a song per day – including his latest Gold-certified No. 1 single “Hell of a View” and current single “Heart On Fire” – while sequestered in rural North Carolina, and fueling speculation around his critically acclaimed, chart-topping new three-part project, Heart & Soul, available everywhere now.
Just as unique as Church’s approach to recording and releasing music is his tenacity on the road. During his last outing, 2019’s Double Down Tour, Church played back-to-back nights of two unique shows in each market sans opening act, giving every city’s fans six-plus hours of his iconic music. The tour also featured a massive stop at Nissan Stadium in Nashville, where he broke the venue’s concert attendance record with more than 56,000 fans in attendance and became the first artist to sell out the venue with a solo lineup. Church also took to the field at Tampa Bay’s Raymond James Stadium in February of this year to perform the National Anthem with R&B star Jazmine Sullivan ahead of Super Bowl LV and has now returned to the road for his 55-city The Gather Again Tour, visiting full-capacity arenas for an in-the-round show in addition to a headlining spot alongside George Strait and Metallica during the ATLive festival at Mercedes-Benz Stadium this November.
A seven-time ACM Award winner, four-time CMA Award winner and 10-time GRAMMY nominee, Church has amassed a passionate fanbase around the globe known as the Church Choir as well as a critically acclaimed catalog of music. His previous album, the Gold-certified Desperate Man, earned a GRAMMY nomination for Best Country Album (his third nod in the category). Previous releases include the Platinum-certified Sinners Like Me (“How ’Bout You,” “Guys Like Me”), Carolina (“Smoke a Little Smoke,” “Love Your Love the Most”) and Mr. Misunderstood (“Record Year,” “Round Here Buzz”), the Double-Platinum certified The Outsiders (“Like a Wrecking Ball,” “Talladega”) and the 3x Platinum-certified Chief (“Springsteen,” “Drink In My Hand”), as well as 29 Gold, Platinum and multi-Platinum certified singles.