Church recently took the stage in Denver, Colorado on the Gather Again Tour on October 15th. Church thanked his band and the city of Denver for a great show back. He says in an Instagram post, “Thanks for welcoming the band back and bringing the energy, Denver! The #GatherAgainTour heads back up to Canada this weekend for shows in Calgary and Saskatoon. Tickets available now at ericchurch.com.”
Denver marks the first show back that Church’s band played in a while. His band tested positive for COVID-19 and had to quarantine. That didn’t stop Church though. The singer + songwriter turned his Philadelphia and Pittsburgh tour dates into acoustic performances – akin to the tour he performed a few tours back. Church also took to social media to share that news, “Despite thorough safety protocols, a limited number of breakthrough cases have occurred within the Eric Church Band. In the best interest of everyone’s health and safety, Eric Church will perform this weekend’s shows in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia as a special solo performance. Get ready PA.”
Church is open about his vaccination status and encourages others to follow in his footsteps. He acknowledges that this tour requires protocols and required a little extra strategetic planning for this to take place. He jokes, “I have become an amateur epidemiologist. This is not something that we just did. We didn’t just say we were going to do this — there have been more meetings with local municipalities and governors and epidemiologists and scientists.”
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The Gather Again Tour kicked off in the middle of September and follows his Double Down Tour in 2019. The tour began in Lexington, Kentucky at Rupp Arena. The tour is in support of the songsmith’s triple album “Heart & Soul.” Its setlist is brimming with hits such as “Springsteen,” “Drink In My Hand,” and “Round Here Buzz.” New songs such as “Hell of a View,” Stick That In Your Country Song,” and “Bad Mother Truck” are also included in the setlist.
On the setlist, “The hardest thing I’ve done thus far in my career is this setlist. It’s not a normal record; it’s three. So, you add 28 songs to what we already had going, which is a pretty stacked and packed setlist, and when you start to try to get rid of stuff and change it every night – which I’m committed to; we’re still going to play the different set, we’re going to give people different experiences – it has been maddening.”
It has just been announced that Luke Bryan will be hosting the 55th CMA Awards this November. This year, Church ties with Chris Stapleton in leading the top number of nominations. Church is nominated for Entertainer of the Year which he won back in 2020. He is also nominated for Male Vocalist of the Year. In addition, album “Heart” is nominated for Album of the Year while “Hell of a View” is nominated for Single of the Year and Song of the Year.