Eric Church is officially not the kind of guy that would back out of a Saturday night date at the last minute.
If you were lucky enough to be at his Saturday night show in Salt Lake City, Utah, you learned that first-hand. After his band and crew were hit with a stomach bug, he decided to go it alone rather than disappoint fans.
“If you’ve seen our show so far on this tour, you’re probably wondering what the hell is going on right now. Well, so am I,” Church told his audience. “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. S— there’s nobody left. It’s just me. I’m going to give you everything I got.”
And he did! Church, known for his loud, rocking live show, delivered a 19-song set largely by himself, standing alone on the arena stage with just his guitar. He got a little help from his opening act, Lzzy Hale, who came on stage to duet on “That’s Damn Rock and Roll.”
As a bonus, the crowd will still get to have the full Church experience: The singer announced he’d be back Memorial Day, Monday, May 25, with a full band.
Church, who’s up for four awards at the ACM Awards in April, will perform at the Grammy Awards next Sunday, Feb. 8.