Eric Church Delivers a True Rock ‘n’ Roll Moment

Fans in Salt Lake City Shared an Unexpected Acoustic Performance

(Straight From Nashville is a weekly column written by managing editor Calvin Gilbert.)
Almost nine years after the release of his major label debut album, Sinners Like Me, Eric Church has managed to evolve into the artist he’s strived to be from the outset of his career.
He underscored that ambition Saturday night (Jan. 31) during an arena appearance in Salt Lake City by delivering an unplanned acoustic set after his band members and road crew were stricken by the stomach flu.

Unable to deliver the full production of his Outsiders World Tour, Church took the stage alone with his acoustic guitar for a much quieter show his fans in Utah will probably never forget. Before beginning his set, Church explained the situation and promised to return on May 25 for the full-production show he’d planned to present. Tickets to this past weekend’s show will be honored in May.
Three of his band members who were well enough for a short stint onstage joined him and opening act Lzzy Hale for a very appropriate song – “That’s Damn Rock and Roll” – but Church primarily performed alone, working six microphones positioned to play to everyone in the stands at the 360-degree stage setup.

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