Eric Church’s Outsiders World Tour, which launched last month in Bossier City, Louisiana, and descends upon New York City’s 20,000-capacity Madison Square Garden on Friday night, just got an upgrade.
Starting January 8, 2015, the tour will make another lap around the country, extending one of country music’s most critically-acclaimed treks by nearly 30 days. New shows include a homecoming gig at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, a two-night residency at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas and a performance at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Halestorm — a hard-rock group whose front woman, Lzzy Hale, joined Church for a show-stealing performance of “That’s Damn Rock n Roll” at the CMA Music Festival back in June — will serve as the tour’s opening act, while Dwight Yoakam, who joined Church for the entirety of the tour’s first leg, will be back for a handful of gigs.
The second leg of the Outsiders World Tour will also star Church’s rotating, gadget-filled stage, which the songwriter likens to a Transformer. Loaded with catwalks, hydraulic scissor lifts, lighting rigs that expand or contract each song and a drum riser that descends from the ceiling during the opening number, it’s a stage fit for a Chief — more representative of something Def Leppard might’ve assembled in 1987 than your typical country stageshow. Church is also performing many of the shows “in the round,” a move that’s meant to bring the band within closer proximity of the audience.
“We come from bars and clubs and I miss that intimacy, which you always try to grab,” he told Rolling Stone Country earlier this year, before the launch of the tour. “The bigger the room, the smaller you want that room to feel.”
Here are the added dates:
1/8 New Orleans — Smoothie King Center
1/9 Tupelo, Mississippi — BankcorpSouth Arena
1/10 Nashville — Bridgestone Arena
1/14 Oklahoma City — Chesapeake Energy Arena
1/16 & 1/17 Las Vegas — The Chelsea at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
1/18 San Diego — Valley View Casino Arena
1/22 Fresno, California — Save Mart Center
1/23 Los Angeles — Staples Center
1/24 Phoenix — US Airways Arena
1/27 Denver — Pepsi Center
1/29 Spokane, Washington — Spokane Arena
1/30 Boise — Taco Bell Arena
1/31 Salt Lake City — EnergySolutions Arena
2/4 Sacramento — Sleep Train Arena
2/5 San Jose, California — SAP Center