It was a downright spiritual Saturday night in Salt Lake City.
Eric Church was in town.
And while Church’s concerts have long been known as somewhat enlightening and powerful musical experiences, this was something completely and utterly different. Faced with the decision whether to cancel his Salt Lake City show Saturday night (Jan. 312, 2015) when a majority of his band and crew came down with the stomach flu, Church did what we have come to expect out of him.
He made damn sure the show went on.
“If you’ve seen our show so far on this tour, you’re probably wondering what the hell is going on right now…well, so am I,” Church told the crowd, promising to be back on May 25 with a full band. “Here’s the deal. Yesterday we had the stomach flu strike our band, our crew, everyone. We had no one to hang video, lights, nothing. But I’m still here. I’m still standing. We’ve talked about how every show on ‘The Outsiders Tour’ is different. Well, tonight will be the most different one. Shit…there’s nobody left. It’s just me. I’m going to give you everything I got.”
Perching himself on a dimly lit stage with just his acoustic guitar in his hand and no band or extravagant lighting in sight, Church proceeded with a once in a lifetime performance of his complete set list that included acoustic versions of his current hits “Give Me Back My Hometown” and “Talladega” and old favorites “These Boots” and “How ‘Bout You.”
A powerful highlight of the show was via the appearance of rocker Lzzy Hale, who joined Church onstage for a rip-roaring performance of “That’s Damn Rock and Roll”. “I never played this by myself,” Church told the audience before Hale joined him on stage for the song. “Y’all give me everything you got.”
And he did.