Eric Church’s Record-Setting “Holdin’ My Own Tour” Closes

Photo credit: Anthony D'Angelo

To really understand how Eric Church feels about the Holdin’ My Own Tour, you have to see things from his perspective standing at the mic. For the last five months, country music’s most electric performer has stood face-to-face with nearly 1 million people and truly connected.

“This tour has been my career’s biggest challenge physically, but I can honestly say I’m gonna miss it,” shared Church after a record-setting, 42-song set at Saturday’s show (that went well into Sunday morning). “Seeing what happens between us and the crowd for over three hours a night is awe inspiring.  I’m gonna miss seeing those faces and freezing that moment in time night after night.”

The No. 1 most-attended music tour in the world in 2017 (Pollstar) included 62 sold-out shows across North America, each unique in its own way with just Church and his band relentlessly grinding out memorable moment after memorable moment with over three dozen or more songs each night. That’s the way it’s always been for Church, from his first shows in front of a few dozen to the record-setting, two-night stand at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena that drew 38,016 fans (18,996 on Friday and 19,020 on Saturday, setting the new attendance record for the venue) to close the tour.

“The first time we played in Nashville, we played for – I’m not kidding – 30, 40 people, and when they left that show they told 10 or 20 people about what they’d seen,” Church told the crowd Friday night at Bridgestone Arena. “And the next time we played this town, 200 people showed up. Here’s the thing I can say for myself and this band: We’ve never gone out on stage and played for 20 or 30 people. Every night we played, we played it because there were 50,000 people in front of us. It was never about how many, it was about the music. It was about the heart of the music.”

While the Holdin’ My Own Tour is over, fans will have a handful of chances to catch Church before the end of 2017 – though they are precious few. The Chief will play CMA Fest at Nashville’s Nissan Stadium Friday, June 9, at 10 p.m. And Church has announced eight more standalone shows in 2017:

June 23 Cadott, WI at Country Fest
Sept. 2 and 3 Stateline, NV at Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena at Harveys**
Sept 7, 2017 Austin, TX at Austin 360 Amphitheater+
Sept. 8, 2017 Houston, TX at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion+
Sept 15, 2017 Tuscaloosa, AL at Tuscaloosa Amphitheater*
Sept 16, 2017 Orange Beach, AL at The Wharf Amphitheater*
Sept 21 and 22 Gilford, NH at Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion***
Sept 23 Bangor, ME at Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion***
Sept. 29 Las Vegas, NV at Route 91 Festival+

*With special guests Brothers Osborne and Ashley McBryde
**Margo Price opening
+ Elle King and The Texas Gentlemen opening
***Special guests announced soon

Written by Juliet Schroder

Juliet is the founder and executive producer/host of Celeb Secrets and Celeb Secrets Country. When not reporting on the latest news in pop culture and country music, she enjoys traveling, spending time with friends and family, and exploring the latest fashion trends.

Juliet holds a B.S. in marketing from St. John's University.

Brett Young’s “In Case You Didn’t Know” is No. 1 on the Billboard Country Airplay Chart

Dierks Bentley Collects Third No. 1 Single off ‘Black’ in One Year