Eric Church has always been a pretty mysterious, enigmatic character, so the chance to see him sans cap and aviators — and even get a sneak peek behind the scenes of his massive Outsiders World Tour — is the sort of magic fans like me would wait a lifetime to see.
Now we have our chance.
Church recently gave CBS This Morning a behind-the-scenes look during the tour, and I have to say, the manpower, sweat, and heart behind it will blow your mind.
It’s an epic production, including 170 tons of equipment packed up in two hours after each concert ends, according to stage manager Sam Coats.
“My job is to provide the order to the chaos,” Coats says, joking that the production is “100,000 pounds of rock your city.”
Except he’s not really kidding.
Church’s tour consists of 14 big trucks — known as “truck circus” — 12 buses and a whole lot of cash floating through to make it all happen. Oh, yeah, it’s an expensive undertaking.
Church’s management told CBS the tour will run for nine months and cost a whopping $19 million dollars. Those expenses include the stage ($3 million), trucks and buses ($3.9 million) and lights, video and audio ($2.5 million). And then there’s an extra $2 million to pay the crew members who are, by all accounts, worth every penny.
“Those guys, they’re my family,” Church says. “They would have my back in any situation, and I would have theirs.”
And he’s grateful for everything they do each day.
“They’ve busted their ass since 7 a.m.,” Church says. “I feel like when I walk out there, I get to — for them — spike the ball.”
It’s one hell of a spike. The Outsiders World Tour is hands-down one of the best shows I’ve ever seen.