Eric Church Breaks Nashville Arena’s Attendance Record
Eric Church's Outsiders World Tour took him to his current hometown of Nashville, Tenn., on Jan. 10, and apparently he has thousands of fans in Music City -- more than 18,000, in fact.
The singer performed at the city's Bridgestone Arena before 18,411 concert attendees, breaking a record held since 2006 by the Blue Collar Comedy Tour.
"Nashville, I have high expectations for you," Church said from stage. "I live here!”
Church performed several of his hits during the two-hour show, including 'Homeboy,' 'Drink in My Hand' and his current single 'Talladega.' He also tapped into some of his favorite rock songs, including Lynyrd Skynyrd's 'The Ballad of Curtis Loew' and a medley of 'Smoke a Little Smoke' with Black Sabbath's 'Sweet Leaf.' Many artists might be afraid to rock out like that at a country show, but Church says that's exactly what he wants to do.
“Two of my favorite bands are the Band and Little Feat," he explains. "I don’t know where they fit in. You can say they’re rock ‘n’ roll. They were at the time. But if you listen to their music today, they’d be right in the heart of what country is doing.
“I’m not about announcing, ‘Hey, we’re in this genre," he adds. "I’m not sure where we fit. Music is music. Some fits in different places than others, and that’s OK."
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