Eric Church will kick off his first headlining tour of arenas tonight in Fort Smith, Arkansas with the No. 1 song in the country. Out of the 10 singles he’s released to country radio, “Drink In My Hand” is Eric’s first chart topper. Always one to forge his own path, the road to headliner wasn’t a conventional one . “Normally, you have No. 1 singles before you have No. 1 albums and arena tours,” Eric told USA Today. “For us, it was the other way.”
With a rabid fan base snatching up tickets to The Blood, Sweat and Beers Tour, Eric is promising a good time. His show is a throwback to 70s hard rock concerts, put together by a production designer who has worked on tours for Van Halen, Def Leppard and Ozzy Osborne. Onstage, beer kegs line up next to pyro cannons.
“Half those kegs have beer in them, too,” Eric confirmed. “The first thing my band wanted to know was, if we get stranded somewhere, is there any beer we can pull out of these kegs? They’ve been heated up and cooled off a few times now, so it would have to be an emergency situation.”
The show will be loud and rowdy, just what fans expect from Eric. They’ll hear the influence of his country heroes like Merle Haggard and Johnny Cash, but they’ll also be able to pick up on who some of his rock heroes are.
“I can do you every Haggard song, I can do every Hank Jr. song you ever heard, but I grew up in the ’80s around AC/DC and Metallica,” he told the paper. “Even though I knew country and had pretty eclectic musical tastes, that’s what was playing in a lot of the cars we rode around in. It’s something we haven’t shied away from.”
At each stop on The Blood, Sweat and Beers Tour, a special gig poster will be available. Each show will have a unique poster that is signed and numbered by the poster artist and once they’re sold, they’re gone. Brantley Gilbert, Sonia Leigh and The Cadillac Black are the special guests. For show and ticket information, visit www.ericchurch.com.