Thursday, March 31, 2022
– Eric Church is facing backlash for canceling a sold-out show in San Antonio on Saturday so he could see his beloved University of North Carolina Tar Heels men's basketball team in the semi-finals.
UNC is playing Duke with the winner heading to the finals on Monday night against the winner of the Kansas/Villanova game.
Church sent out a notice via Ticketmaster that he was bagging the show for the game.
"This Saturday, my family and I are going to stand together to cheer on the Tar Heels as the team has made it to the Final Four. As a lifelong Carolina basketball fan, I've watched Carolina and Duke battle over the year but to have them matchup in the Final Four for the first time in history of the NCAA Tournament is any sports enthusiast's dream."
"This is also the most selfish thing I've ever asked the Choir (Church's fan club) to do: to give up your Saturday night plans with us so that I can have this moment with my family and sports community. However, it's that same type of passion felt by the people who fill the seats at our concerts that makes us want to be part of a crowd at a game of this significance. Woody Durham always said, 'Go where you go and do what you do.' [T]hanks for letting me go here and be with the Tar Heels."
Ticket buyers were given immediate refunds.
Jason Aldean told E! News' Daily Pop, "I don't know that I could cancel a show to make it to a game. I feel like people buying a ticket to come see your show, you kind of have to hold up your end of the deal on that."
"I don't know if I could pull it off," he said.
@Cleon79 commented on Twitter, "Why did you schedule a concert during the tournament if you're such a huge fan? Obviously you had no confidence in your team. What you're doing is a disgrace, dick move."
@Chuck said on Twitter, "CEOs would get fired for such a disasterous move..."
@BookManiac tweetd, "It is a really good thing you cancelled your show so you can watch a basketball game. Your fans should be punished for having such bad taste in music."
@JayKriegesmann tweeted that Church was "biting the hand that's fed him and made him a millionaire!"