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Eric Church coming to Amalie Arena in Tampa

Jay Cridlin



Sounds like Eric Church has been thinking about Springsteen again.

The country music A-lister has announced plans for a gargantuan North American tour worthy of the Boss, and it includes a stop at Tampa's Amalie Arena on May 4. And in an even more Springsteenian move, he's decided to own the entire night by himself -- two full sets with an intermission, no opening act.

It's a bold decision for any artist, much less a country star, but that happens to be Church's forte these days. His latest album Mr. Misunderstood was surprise-released to fans through the mail.

Church's fans will have first dibs on tickets to this tour, too. According to his website, in a push "to remove scalpers from the pre-sale process before it even happens," there will be only one ticket pre-sale, and it'll be for members of his Church Choir fan club. Fan club registration runs through Aug. 23, and the pre-sale itself runs Sept. 9-11 (suggesting tickets will go on sale to the general public on or around Sept. 12). Ticket prices haven't been announced.

"Why are we doing this?" Church's website asks. "In this era where complacency seems to be the norm, we wanted to do everything within our power to put the advantage in the hands of true fans rather than those that take advantage of the system, and by extension our people."

Sounds kinda Bruce-like, right? Click here for details.

-- Jay Cridlin

[Last modified: Wednesday, August 10, 2016 8:41am]


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