Eric Church Has Garth Brooks Issues
Speaking to Rolling Stone, Church holds nothing back in saying how much Garth Brooks’ lip-syncing at the 2017 CMAs bothered him. "That pissed me off," he admits. "To me, lip-syncing is and always will be a red line. It’s fabricated. I don’t want young artists thinking it’s OK, because it’s not."
If you missed it, Brooks admitting to lip-syncing during his CMA Awards performance of "Ask Me How I Know." He said he was sick, so his voice was less than its best. Brooks made the decision to use a track instead of performing live. He had played 12 shows in 10 days before the CMAs, and did a full round of media in the days prior.
Church isn't buying it.
“F—k that! And I didn’t like his excuse at all," the "Springsteen" hitmaker says, promising that he’ll never do the same. “If I can’t sing, I won’t sing, or I’ll sing badly. But at least you’ll get what you get.”
As for the actual Entertainer of the Year award? Church admits that he figured after a massive one-man tour in which he played three hours each night, his chances to win were better than ever. The 41-year-old took the loss to Brooks in stride, but recalls his wife Katherine grinning through her teeth and saying that she was going to jump onstage and grab the award a la Kanye West.
Other topics discussed during the extensive Rolling Stone interview are politics and Church's near-death experience. The "Desperate Man" singer's new album drops in October.
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