See what it takes to make Church's arena tour happen

By Danielle Anderson
Updated February 05, 2015 04:20 PM
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Have you ever gone to a big arena concert and wondered what it takes to pull it all off? Okay, probably not at an Eric Church show because you’re too busy drinking beer and rocking out. But the next time you do go to Church, this might even give you just a little more appreciation for it all.

By the numbers it takes 170 tons of equipment, more than 100 crew members working 18-hour days, 14 trucks and 12 buses – and $19 million – to make Church’s nine-month-long The Outsiders tour happen.

“It’s embarrassing,” says a modest Church, who’s also up for four Grammy awards and is performing on the show on Sunday, of the number of trucks in his fleet on his first arena tour. “I felt like it was our moment. I don’t think we have any of the other success without [touring].”

So while Church, who takes a moment to enjoy a shot of Jack Daniels with his band and crew before every show, is racking up the accolades, he is quick to point out he doesn’t do it alone (with one recent exception). “They’ve been out there doing what they do all day,” says Church of his crew. “I feel like when I walk out there, I get to, for them, spike the ball.”

Check out the behind-the-scenes video below: