Eric Church Gives Fans in Salt Lake a Special Saturday Night (@ericchurch)

Jill Trunnell
Jill Trunnell

Eric Church knows what a bummer it is to have your Saturday night plans ruined by a concert cancelation. So rather than pull the plug last minute on his show in Salt Lake City Saturday night after a stomach bug knocked out most of his band and crew, Church gave the crowd something special and promised them more to come.

If youve seen our show so far on this tour, youre probably wondering what the hell is going on right now. Well, so am I, Church told the crowd. Heres the deal: Yesterday we had the stomach flu strike our band, our crew, everyone. We had no one to hang video, lights, nothing. But Im still here. Im still standing. Weve talked about how every show on THE OUTSIDERS TOUR is different. Well, tonight will be the most different one. Shit theres nobody left. Its just me. Im going to give you everything I got.

He then announced hed be back Memorial Day, Monday, May 25, with a full band, and launched into a mostly solo set alone on a stage built for eight with just his acoustic guitar. He gave his fans a stripped-down performance reminiscent of his days as a scrappy club performer. Back then, Church would give his band a break during their six-hour sets and hold the stage alone.

Church played acoustic versions of current hits Give Me Back My Hometown, Drink In My Hand, Cold One and his most recent No. 1 hit Talladega. He also played deep-cut favorites such as These Boots, How ‘Bout You and Livin’ Part of Life from early in his career.

Halestorm opened the show with a full 45-minute set. The production and stage were scaled back – only four spotlights and a minimal floor lighting package showcased Church in this unique setting. Guitar players Jeff Hyde, Jeff Cease and Driver Williams joined Church for a few songs and Lzzy Hale came onstage for a remarkable acoustic rendition of Thats Damn Rock and Roll. Church worked six mic positions (scaled back from the normal 14), still performing to every section of the 360-degree setup.

Saturdays complete set list is as follows:

Talladega

Drink In My Hand

Guys Like Me

How Bout You

Im Getting Stoned

Creepin

Like Jesus Does

Cold One

Livin Part Of Life

Give Me Back My Hometown

Thats Damn Rock and Roll

Before She Does

Homeboy

These Boots

Like A Wrecking Ball

Jack Daniels

Smoke A Little Smoke

Thunder Road

Springsteen

Fans looking to experience Churchs prowess as a live performer have a unique chance to catch him at the GRAMMY Awards on Feb. 8 at Staples Center in Los Angeles. The North Carolina native is up for four GRAMMYs, including Best Country Album and Best Country Song, and will play a yet-to-be-announced song on the CBS broadcast.

THE OUTSIDERS WORLD TOUR returns to the road on Wednesday, Feb. 4, at Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento, California.

Written by Juliet Schroder

Juliet Schroder

Juliet is the founder and executive producer/host of Celeb Secrets and Celeb Secrets Country. When not reporting on the latest news in pop culture and country music, she enjoys traveling, spending time with friends and family, and exploring the latest fashion trends.

Juliet holds a B.S. in marketing from St. John's University.

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