Eric Church’s Triumphant Nashville Homecoming

He Announces New Tour Dates After Setting Attendance Record at Bridgestone Arena


Breaking records and taking names. That’s Eric Church’s main M.O. lately, and we wouldn’t have it any other way.

He brought his Outsiders World Tour home to Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on Saturday night (Jan. 10) and played to a crowd of more than 18,000 fired-up fans.

To be exact, it was a total of 18,411 fans for a show that the broke concert attendance record at the venue that serves as home to the Nashville Predators. With his production allowing seats all the way around the stage, he broke the record set in 2006 by the Blue Collar Comedy Tour.

And Church wasn’t the only notable artist entertaining in Music City on Saturday night. Multiple-Grammy nominee Sam Smith rolled through town that night, as well, setting up shop at the Grand Ole Opry House.

Yet that didn’t stop Church from selling out and rocking one of the most-anticipated shows in town. He did it with all the power and passion of a massive superstar.

Fellow country stars like Reba McEntire, Cole Swindell and Sam Hunt were among those in attendance, as evident by Instagram photos.

And the good news for Church doesn’t stop there. He just revealed 27 additional dates for The Outsiders World Tour, which includes dates in the U.S. and Canada starting in March.

Brothers Osborne, Drive-By Truckers, JD McPherson, the Cadillac Three and the Lone Bellow will open select concerts.

Samantha is a country radio insider with a deep love for the music and its stars. She can often be found on a red carpet or at a late-night guitar pull.