FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Eric Church will bring his newly announced, “The Blood, Sweat & Beers Tour” to over 50 cities in 2012 and Fort Wayne will be one of the stops along the way.
Church will bring his first headlining tour to the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum on Saturday, February 25 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $42.50 or $34.75 and will go on sale to the public on Friday, December 9 at 10:00 a.m.
The St. Petersburg Times recalls his last performance in their town, noting Church “made the rowdiest yawp, and drew the most toked-up fans.” With word of mouth long fueling Church’s sweat-soaked, sold-out crowds, Church surprised Music Row naysayers earlier this year when his third release, CHIEF, topped the Billboard charts with over 145,000 albums sold in its first week—a true testament to the years of hard work by Church and his band on the road.
No other up-and-coming artist is quite as suitable for the raucous Church crowd as Valory Music Company’s Brantley Gilbert.
Gilbert, who has experienced recent radio success with his current Top 5 hit “Country Must Be Country Wide,” has been building his fan base on the outskirts of “polished” country for years in the southeast. Similar to Church, Gilbert brings grit and attitude to the stage – and he should fit in just fine with the theme of The Blood, Sweat & Beers Tour.
“We have been building our entire career for this tour. It is truly the culmination of a lot of blood, sweat, and beer that has brought us to this point in our career," says Church. "I have always trusted our fans to deliver with their dedication and passion, they have always exceeded my expectations. I have never been more excited to begin a tour than this one. The band and I are committed to emptying the tank every night and delivering the best show we can."
About Eric Church
EMI Records Nashville’s Eric Church catapulted into national success with the release of his debut country album, Sinners Like Me, which produced radio hits “How ‘Bout You,” “Two Pink Lines,” and “Guys Like Me.” His follow-up, Carolina, went on to sell over 500,000 copies (certified Gold) and spawned top hits “Love Your Love The Most,” “Hell On The Heart,” and “Smoke A Little Smoke.” Recently awarded the ACM New Solo Vocalist of the Year Award, Church celebrated the chart-topping release of his third studio album, CHIEF, in July of this year with sales exceeding 145,000 in the first week largely due to Top 15 radio hit, “Homeboy.” The album received Gold certification merely 10 weeks after its release and received a spike of over 60% in sales following his performance of current Top 15 single, “Drink In My Hand,” on the CMA Awards. PEOPLE Magazine gave Church’s release four-out-of-four stars stating, “If any country album should command your attention right now, it’s CHIEF…. Church is something to praise,” and American Songwriter notes, “Eric Church seems perched at the precipice of superstardom.” For more information, please visit www.ericchurch.com.