Eric Church Forgoes Opening Acts for 2017 Tour

Country star reveals solo 60-city trek in a Facebook Live chat just minutes before playing Colorado's Red Rocks Amphitheater

Eric Church has announced plans for his 2017 tour.

Eric Church's sold-out audience at Red Rock Amphitheater tonight grew by more than four thousand people just before he took the stage. That's roughly how many were tuned in at the very beginning of a Facebook Live stream that kicked off with a major announcement by the country superstar: his 2017 Holdin' My Own tour.

The trek will kick off January 13th in Lincoln, Nebraska, hitting about 60 cities before wrapping in May with two shows in the singer's adopted hometown of Nashville. And for the first time in his headlining history, Church will not have any opening acts. Instead, he and his band will play two sets with an intermission in between.

Fan club member registration for pre-sales begins today via the Church Choir fan club site and runs through August 23rd. Notoriously outspoken about his disgust with scalpers, Church and his team have come up with an intricate digital system that aims to ensure all tickets are sold at face value — and thus kept out of scalpers' hands. In fact, any orders found to be made by scalpers will be canceled.

The tour is named after a song on Church's Mr. Misunderstood album, which he released last fall without an ounce of press beforehand. He and his closest team members kept the secret project under wraps until its very day of release.

"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," says Church. "What I didn’t anticipate is that it left me scratching my head a little as this year was supposed to be spent writing. . . 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.”

Ironically, the track "Holdin' My Own" is about finding true happiness off the road, at home with his wife and two sons. Lyrics tell of dodging temptations of touring, yet wearing road scars with nostalgic pride, as he blissfully has "one arm around my baby and one arm around my boys."

A full list of Eric Church's 2017 Holdin' My Own tour dates are below. Visit www.ericchurch.com for ticket information.

Church's Facebook Live stream continued after the announcement, with its audience growing to more than 10,000 as the singer started his show with an acoustic set, appropriately including a cover of George Strait's "Troubadour."

Eric Church Holdin' My Own 2017 Tour Dates:

January 13 - Lincoln, NE @ Pinnacle Bank Arena

January 14 - Sioux Falls, SD @ Denny Sanford Premier Center

January 15 - Grand Forks, ND @ Ralph Engelstad Arena

January 19 - Des Moines, IA @ Wells Fargo Center

January 20 - Minneapolis, MN @ Target Center

January 21 - Green Bay, WI @ Resch Center

January 25 – Philadelphia @ Wells Fargo Arena

January 27 - Brooklyn, NY @ Barclays Center

January 28 – Boston @ TD Garden

January 31 - Kansas City, MO @ Sprint Center

February 2 - Tulsa, OK @ BOK Center

February 3 – Dallas @ American Airlines Center

February 16 - Duluth, GA @ Infinite Energy Center

February 17 - Birmingham, AL @ Legacy Arena at BJCC

February 23 - Indianapolis, IN @ Bankers Life Fieldhouse

February 24 - Cleveland, OH @ Quicken Loans Arena

February 25 - Auburn Hills, MI @ The Palace at Auburn Hills

February 28 - London, ONT @ Budweiser Gardens

March 2 - Toronto, ONT @ Air Canada Centre

March 3 - Ottawa, ONT @ Canadian Tire Centre

March 4 - Montreal, QUE @ Bell Centre

March 7 - Winnipeg, MB @ MTS Centre

March 9 - Saskatoon, SK @ SaskTel Centre

March 10 - Edmonton, AB @ Rexall Place

March 11 - Calgary, AB @ Scotiabank Saddledome

March 14 - Vancouver, BC @ Rogers Arena

March 16 - Portland, OR @ Moda Center

March 17 - Spokane, WA @ Spokane Arena

March 18 - Tacoma, WA @ Tacoma Dome

March 22 - Bozeman, MT @ Brick Breeden Fieldhouse

March 24 - Boise, ID @ Taco Bell Arena

March 25 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Vivint Smart Home Arena

March 28 - Phoenix, AZ @ Talking Sticks Resort Arena

March 30 - Sacramento, CA @ Golden 1 Center

March 31 - Los Angeles @ STAPLES Center

April 4 - Casper, WY @ Casper Events Center

April 5 - Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center

April 7 - Wichita, KS @ INTRUST Bank Arena

April 8 - Omaha, NE @ CenturyLink Center Omaha

April 12 - Moline, IL @ iWireless Center

April 13 – Chicago @ Allstate Arena

April 14 - Milwaukee, WI @ BMO Harris Bradley Center

April 20 - Buffalo, NY @ First Niagara Center

April 21 – Pittsburgh, PA @ CONSOL Energy Center

April 22 - Cincinnati,OH @ US Bank Arena

April 27 - Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun Arena

April 28 - Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun Arena

April 29 - Manchester, NH @ Verizon Wireless Arena

May 4 - Tampa, FL @ Amalie Arena

May 5 - Jacksonville, FL @ Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena

May 11 - Grand Rapids, MI @ Van Andel Arena

May 12 - Peoria, IL @ Peoria Civic Center

May 13 - St. Louis, MO @ Scottrade Center

May 18 - Reading, PA @ Santander Arena

May 19 - Washington, D.C. @ Verizon Center

May 20 - Greensboro, NC @ Greensboro Coliseum Complex

May 26 – Nashville @ Bridgestone Arena

May 27 – Nashville @ Bridgestone Arena