Eric Church Sets an Attendance Record in Nebraska
Eric Church has broken yet another attendance record with his Outsiders world tour, this time in Lincoln, Nebraska.
Church, whose idea for the tour was to strip away distractions like laser-light shows and focus on making each night of music unique, drew 15,823 fans to Lincoln's Pinnacle Bank Arena on May 20. That beats out the previous record holder for the venue, pop legend Elton John, by almost 1,500 fans!
The uncompromising country star has already broken three other attendance records on this tour, bringing massive crowds to arenas in Chicago, Nashville and Grand Forks, North Dakota.
"I'm humbled by the success this tour has had," Church says. "The records it has set, by some of my muses and heroes, it's [all] 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."
Since the Outsiders tour began, Church has performed for over 800,000 fans in more than 65 cities, and still has nearly 20 more stops to go. On July 30-31, he'll be the first artist to perform in Nashville's brand-new Ascend Amphitheater (both shows are already sold out), before wrapping things up Sept. 5 at the WCOL Country Jam Festival in Thornville, Ohio.
Church's The Outsiders album has proven one of the most successful of his career, spawning two No. 1s on the Billboard country airplay chart ("Give Me Back My Hometown" and Talladega") and earning platinum status for selling over 1 million copies. His current single, "Like a Wrecking Ball," is at No. 22 and rising.
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