Eric Church gives fans in Salt Lake City special night after bug hits band & crew

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

“If you’ve seen our show so far on this tour, you’re probably wondering what the hell is going on right now,” he told the packed crowd. “Well, so I am. Here’s the deal, yesterday we had the stomach flu strike our band, our crew, everyone. We had no one to hang video, lights, nothing. But I’m still here. I’m still standing. We’ve talked about how every show on the Outsiders Tour is different. Well tonight, will be the most different one. Shit there’s nobody left, its just me. I’m going to give you everything I got. We have a couple band guys that feel ok to get up and down here. Here’s the deal – on Memorial Day we’re going to come back and play the full show. I’m not going anywhere, I’m here to play. Its gunna be crazy.”

He stood alone on a stage built for eight with his acoustic guitar and a plan when he made the announcement of a May 25th bonus show. Instead of sending the crowd home with nothing to do, 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.

“If you’ve seen our show so far on this tour, you’re probably wondering what the hell is going on right now.”

Church played acoustic versions of current hits “Give Me Back My Hometown,” “Drink In My Hand,” “Cold One,” including his most recent #1 hit “Talladega.” He also played deep-cut favorites such as “These Boots,” “How Bout You” and “Living Part of Life” from early in his career. Halestorm opened the show with a full 45 min set. The production and stage was 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. Lzzy Hale joined Church onstage for a remarkable acoustic rendition of “That’s Damn Rock and Roll.” Church worked all six mic positions (scaled back from the normal 14) performing to every section of the 360 degree setup.

The Outsiders World Tour returns to the road on Wednesday, February 4th at Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento, California.

Supporting acts for the May 25th bonus show in Salt Lake City will be announced at a later date. Fans wishing to attend should hold onto all physical tickets. Those unable to attend that show can seek a full refund at point of purchase until 5 p.m. day of concert.

Author: Buddy Iahn

Buddy Iahn founded The Music Universe when he decided to juxtapose his love of web design and music. As a lifelong drummer, he decided to take a hiatus from playing music to report it. The website began as a fun project in 2013 to one of the top independent news sites.