Church sets record
Thursday, May 21, 2015
– Eric Church'sThe Outsiders World Tour broke a record with a stop at Lincoln, Nebraska's Pinnacle Bank Arena on Wednesday night. Church set his fourth North America venue attendance record of 2015 with 15,823 present, a record previously held by Sir Elton John (Nov. 23, 2014; attendance 14,368).
With his band backing him the majority of the night, Church performed over two hours of original music with hits "Give Me Back My Hometown" and "Smoke A Little Smoke" interspersed by deeper album cuts like "Longer Gone" and "Livin' Part of Life."
"I'm humbled by the success this tour has had," Church said. "The records it has set, by some of my muses and heroes, it's very surreal. As an avid music fan, I'm not sure it's deserving in comparison to those I adore musically. I can only say this happened because, in my opinion, our fans are second to none."
The Outsiders World Tour topped Billboard's Hot Tours last month after Church set a new attendance record at Chicago's Allstate Arena on March 20 with 18,626 present. Church also broke Nashville's Bridgestone Arena attendance on Jan. 10 with 18,411 fans for what has now become the first of 3 sold out shows in 2015 in Music City (Church is opening Nashville's Ascend Amphitheater with two back-to-back sold out shows July 30 and 31). On April 7, he also broke the attendance record in North Dakota's Ralph Engelstad Arena, which was previously set by John's 2012 show. Since launching his tour in September 2014, Church has performed to more than 800,000 fans in more than 65 cities with nearly 20 stops continuing through September 2015.
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