Eric Church Covers ‘Hallelujah’ at Red Rocks
Eric Church was in Colorado this week to perform at the famed Red Rocks Amphitheatre, and during his two-night stay he treated fans to a cover of the Leonard Cohen classic, "Hallelujah."
"I'm gonna try something here, this could go bad," the Chief warned the cheering crowd. He told a story about how the last time he played this venue, as he was pulling out, he could still see the lights beaming on the rocks and this is the song that was playing. "I swear to God I have not practiced or anything, this was something I put it on my crew about an hour ago, so we'll see."
From there, the 39-year-old country star broke out into a cover of the ballad that sounded like he had been practicing it for much longer than just an hour prior to showtime.
"Well I've heard there was a secret chord / That David played and it pleased the Lord
But you don't really care for music, do you? / Well it goes like this: / The fourth, the fifth, the minor fall and the major lift / The baffled king composing Hallelujah," Church sang on stage, accompanied by just his acoustic guitar.
While the "Record Year" singer has only played a few select dates since releasing Mr. Misunderstood — including a stop at WE Fest — those plans will change in 2017 when he embarks on a massive headlining tour with no opening acts.
"The way this album came together mandated we release it as a surprise, straight to our fans, as it was important for me to deliver the music the same way the creativity hit me — directly and swiftly. What I didn’t anticipate is that it left me scratching my head a little, as this year was supposed to be spent writing,” Church said upon announcing the trek of shows. “What this year’s open schedule did afford us was time to think through the way the fans experience our music live, and it was important to us that we find a way to stick to these same principles when it came to approaching our shows, down to the way they go on sale.”
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