Eric Church’s Reaction To Hearing ‘The Outsiders’ Play at Virginia Tech Football Game is Amazing

by Taylor Cunningham

Even mega-stars like Eric Church can have fanboy moments. And he had one of those moments on September 4th when his single Outsiders played at Virginia Tech’s first regular-season game of the year.

Eric Church is a major North Carolina Tar Heels fan. He’s good friends with the head coach Mack Brown, and he’s on the sidelines watching home games as often as he can. He once sat with Sports War reporter Jeff Greenberg at a VT game, and Greenberg noticed that “Eric knew every player, their name, and their position.”

So when Eric Church heard his song play during pregame for the UNC-Virginia Tech football game, he was incredibly honored. Some could even say that the Bad Mother Trucker artist was giddy. 

In the video, we see Church walking out on the field—visibly thrilled to kick off the new college football season. Then he noticed The Outsiders playing. With a little skip, some arm-waving, and a glowing smile, he appears to ask, “Is that my song?”

And we get his excitement. What could possibly say “I made it” in the music industry more than having your song become an anthem for a college football team?

Eric Church to Headline at ATLive

Aside from being a part of Virginia Tech’s pregame show, Eric Church has another accomplishment to celebrate. He’s set to headline at ATLive in Atlanta this fall. 

ATLive is back after taking a year off, and they’ve asked Eric Church, George Strait, Cage The Elephant, Greta Van Fleet, and Metallica to lead the way as it gets “A little bit country,” and “a little bit rock and roll.”

“We are thrilled to be bringing ATLive back with an incredible lineup of artists,” said Senior Vice President and Chief Revenue Officer, Tim Zulawski. “From the beginning, our goal was to create a concert series that will become the must-see event for Atlanta. In our first year, we delivered a world-class experience for fans from across the world and we are excited to create that same experience again while giving back to our communities and those in need.”

The concert series celebrated its first year with Keith Urban and over 90,000 fans in 2019. Then in 2020, they made the decision to shut down for a year because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

George straight announced the lineup on Twitter in a video with Metallica’s Lars Ulrichsaying. “George and @ericchurch will be headlining ATLive at @MBStadium on Friday, Nov. 5. Tickets on sale Friday, July 16,” he captioned.