Eric Church brings his The Outsiders World Tour to New England this weekend. He’ll stop at the Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester, NH on Thursday night followed by two nights at Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, CT. It’s the first time Church has performed in the region since he opened for Kenny Chesney at Gillette Stadium last August. There are still some tickets available for each show, which can be purchased here, as for the show itself here’s what to expect from the high energy headliner.
Eric Church is one of the most energetic performers in all of music. Whether he’s slapping his chest, yelling out of excitement, or jumping around on stage he’s sure to give it his all every minute he’s up on stage. His set is well-designed to highlight Church’s performance style, while not subtracting from his vocal ability. There will be times to stand up, dance, and yell out the words and there will be times when he slows things down allowing the audience to really connect with the music. It’s a show unlike any other and that’s what makes Church a must see performer.
As for the set he’ll open with the high energy title track “The Outsiders.” This is the perfect track to kick off his set. It allows Church to move freely about his expansive stage with as much energy as possible without having to concentrate on rhythm guitar. Expect the pyrotechnics to be on full display here and in the following track “Country Music Jesus.” Some performers choose to open with their biggest hits others, like Church, have chosen tracks that get everyone on their feet and set the tone for the remainder of the performance. He’ll shift back to some older material before performing his current single “Talladega.”
The audience reception of his current single will be interesting to observe. The song was the most added track to country radio a couple weeks ago, but has yet to gain traction in the north. So the crowd involvement here will be a good barometer for how many audience members are just listening to Church on the radio. Following “Talladega” Church and the band will transition back to some of their earlier hits such as Drink in My Hand” and crowd favorite “Sinners Like Me.”
The next portion of the show is completely determined by the crowd. A list of songs will appear on the video screens and fans will be able to text in to choose the songs that Church performers. This is something that is rarely done and something that Church is immensely proud of. He truly believes in giving his fans the ability to have some input and hopes to perform some songs that he wouldn’t typically think of performing. Many of the songs available are going to be off of The Outsiders album including “That’s Damn Rock & Roll” and “Devil, Devil.” So make sure to save your phone battery for the chance to influence what Eric Church plays.
That won’t be the only time fans have the choice of what they hear. They’ll also be able to choose the encore performance. This will follow Church’s biggest hit “Springsteen” which fittingly includes a snippet of a Bruce Springsteen song of Church’s choosing. Anyone who hasn’t seen Church perform live is in for a treat because as good of a song Springsteen is recorded, it tends to be even better live.
When it’s all said and done Church will perform around 25 songs and play for just under two hours. The complete setlist can be found here and a list of other concerts coming to New England can be found here.