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Eric Church Kicks Off First-Ever In-the-Round Tour, Inviting Fans to “Gather Again”

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For reigning CMA Entertainer of the Year Eric Church, each tour is an opportunity to re-imagine the limits of what’s possible; to bring something new to the fans. For his most recent outing, 2019’s Double Down Tour, that meant playing back-to-back nights in each market with completely different set lists and setting a concert attendance record at Nashville’s Nissan Stadium – sans opening act – with 56,521 fans singing at the top of their lungs well past midnight.

Now, just days away from the launch of The Gather Again Tour where he will perform a full tour from an in-the-round stage for the first time ever, Church carries with him five nominations for the upcoming CMA Awards, including an opportunity to retain the top honor of Entertainer of the Year. With four additional nominations, for Male Vocalist of the Year, Album of the Year (Heart), Single of the Year and Song of the Year (both for “Hell Of A View”), Church is tied for the most nods this year and brings his all-time count to 35 total nominations.

He’s coming to The Anthem for two days Dec. 10th & 11th!


For the man Billboard celebrates as “a touring juggernaut” and Pollstar regards as “one of the most successful touring country artists,” this return to the road – especially after nearly 700 days away from full-time touring – means going all in. Just as Church and his band hunkered down in rural North Carolina to create his chart-topping and critically-acclaimed triple album, Heart & Soul, the core group once again tucked away in a musical bootcamp, setting up shop in Lititz, Pennsylvania for two weeks to rehearse for the upcoming tour.

“The hardest thing I’ve done thus far in my career is this setlist,” Church shares of the extensive preparations in a rare behind-the-scenes look at the inner makings of a live show. “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’s the most musical we’ve ever been,” he continues. “To see the way the new music happens in the show is something that I’m excited just to see and, also, we’re trying to reimagine songs that we’ve played 100 times, playing them different, and that’s just fun. It’s fun for us to do. There’s going to be a lot of songs that fans aren’t gonna recognize at first, that we’re gonna start singing and they’re going to go ‘oh yeah, that’s that song.’ So, I think it’s just fun after this many years to change it up and make it about music; make it musical. I’m just excited to see the reaction.”

After such thorough rehearsals, the 10-time GRAMMY nominee has now made himself at home on the 2,400 square foot multi-level stage – which will be positioned in the center of each arena floor and accompanied by 11 busses, 20 trucks, a 127,000-pound lighting rig and four 836 square foot video walls – and he is primed to deliver a brand-new version of the high-octane live show his Church Choir fans have come to love.

“I’ve never played a stage like this in my career… I’ve never seen anybody play one like this,” notes Church of his first-ever in-the-round setup. “There’s really no front… It’s kind of like a cage match. I mean once we get out there the crowd is everywhere. They’re behind you, they’re on the sides, and I love that…. The reason it’s called The Gather Again Tour is we want people on top of us, and they will be.”

Now, with two weeks of rehearsals and detailed planning under their belt, Church and company get the cage match underway this Friday, September 17, at Lexington, Ky.’s Rupp Arena with 56 dates throughout the U.S. and Canada to follow. Tickets to all dates, including the grand finale at New York City’s iconic Madison Square Garden, are on sale now at EricChurch.com.

All tour dates will enforce local venue and/or city guidelines regarding COVID-19 precautions. Church will be touring with a fully vaccinated band and crew.

For more information, visit www.ericchurch.com and follow on Facebook and Twitter @ericchurch and Instagram @ericchurchmusic. Fans can also download the Eric Church Official App for exclusive offers only available on tour – including seat upgrades, contests and special merchandise – all while connecting with fellow fans from around the world!

The Gather Again Tour
Sept. 17, 2021                   Rupp Arena                                            Lexington, Ky.
Sept. 18, 2021                   Nationwide Arena                                  Columbus, Ohio
Sept. 24, 2021                   Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse                Cleveland, Ohio
Sept. 25, 2021                   KeyBank Center                                    Buffalo, N.Y.
Oct. 1, 2021                      Alerus Center                                         Grand Forks, N.D.
Oct. 2, 2021                      Canada Life Centre                                Winnipeg, Manitoba
Oct. 8, 2021                      PPG Paints Arena                                  Pittsburgh, Pa.
Oct. 9, 2021                      Wells Fargo Center                                Philadelphia, Pa.
Oct. 15, 2021                    Ball Arena                                              Denver, Colo.
Oct. 22, 2021                    Scotiabank Saddledome                        Calgary, Alberta
Oct. 23, 2021                    SaskTel Centre                                      Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Oct. 29, 2021                    Rogers Arena                                         Vancouver, British Columbia
Oct. 30, 2021                    Climate Pledge Arena                            Seattle, Wash.
Nov. 12, 2021                   Thompson-Boling Arena                       Knoxville, Tenn.
Nov. 13, 2021                   Ford Center                                            Evansville, Ind.
Dec. 3, 2021                      SNHU Arena                                         Manchester, N.H.
Dec. 4, 2021                      UBS Arena                                            Belmont Park, N.Y.
Dec. 10, 2021               The Anthem                                      Washington, D.C.
Dec. 11, 2021                The Anthem                                      Washington, D.C.
Dec. 17, 2021                    Bon Secours Wellness Arena                Greenville, S.C.
Dec. 18, 2021                    Greensboro Coliseum                            Greensboro, N.C.
Jan. 7, 2022                       Pinnacle Bank Arena                             Lincoln, Neb.
Jan. 8, 2022                       Denny Sanford PREMIER Center         Sioux Falls, S.D.
Jan. 14, 2022                     Scotiabank Arena                                  Toronto, Ontario
Jan. 15, 2022                     Canadian Tire Centre                            Ottawa, Ontario
Jan. 21, 2022                     Van Andel Arena                                   Grand Rapids, Mich.
Jan. 22, 2022                     Little Caesars Arena                              Detroit, Mich.
Feb. 4, 2022                      KFC Yum! Center                                 Louisville, Ky.
Feb. 5, 2022                      Bankers Life Fieldhouse                        Indianapolis, Ind.
Feb. 11, 2022                    CHI Health Center Omaha                    Omaha, Neb.
Feb. 12, 2022                    Wells Fargo Arena                                 Des Moines, Iowa
Feb. 18, 2022                    T-Mobile Center                                    Kansas City, Mo.
Feb 19, 2022                     BOK Center                                           Tulsa, Okla.
Feb. 25, 2022                    Hampton Coliseum                                Hampton, Va.
Feb. 26, 2022                    Spectrum Center                                    Charlotte, N.C.
March 4, 2022                   Amway Center                                       Orlando, Fla.
March 5, 2022                   Amalie Arena                                        Tampa, Fla.
March 11, 2022                 United Center                                        Chicago, Ill.
March 12, 2022                 Enterprise Center                                   St. Louis, Mo.
March 18, 2022                 Resch Center                                          Green Bay, Wis.
March 19, 2022                 Resch Center                                          Green Bay, Wis.
March 25, 2022                 Legacy Arena at the BJCC                    Birmingham, Ala.
March 26, 2022                 Simmons Bank Arena                            Little Rock, Ark.
April 1, 2022                     Dickies Arena                                        Fort Worth, Texas
April 2, 2022                     AT&T Center                                        San Antonio, Texas
April 8, 2022                     Toyota Center                                        Houston, Texas
April 9, 2022                     Smoothie King Center                           New Orleans, La.
April 15, 2022                   Moda Center                                          Portland, Ore.
April 16, 2022                   Spokane Arena                                      Spokane, Wash.
April 29, 2022                   ExtraMile Arena                                    Boise, Idaho
April 30, 2022                   Vivint Arena                                          Salt Lake City, Utah
May 6, 2022                      Pechanga Arena                                     San Diego, Calif.
May 7, 2022                      STAPLES Center                                  Los Angeles, Calif.
May 11, 2022                    Golden 1 Center                                     Sacramento, Calif.
May 13, 2022                    T-Mobile Arena                                     Las Vegas, Nev.
May 14, 2022                    Gila River Arena                                   Glendale, Ariz.
May 20, 2022                    Madison Square Garden                        New York, N.Y.