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Eric Church to Launch ‘The Outsiders World Tour’ in September

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By Annie Reuter

Eric Church will hit the road for a world tour supporting his latest release The Outsiders beginning this September. The Outsiders World Tour will kick off Sept. 11 in Bossier City, La., and will include special guest Dwight Yoakam on all dates, as well as Brandy Clark, Brothers Osborne and Halestorm throughout select dates.

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In an interview with Radio.com during his album release week, Church explained that he didn’t want  The Outsiders to simply be a follow-up to his critically acclaimed record, Chief.

“Coming off the Chief album, I wanted to make sure people understood that this wasn’t Chief Part 2,” he told Radio.com. “I feel like at this time in our career, we’ve had enough success — it’s always been important to me, when you have that success, you have that relevance, that you’re not just taking the safe path, that you’re not just doing the easy thing. That you’re continuing to be artistic and creative and mining new ground. I think the format’s better for it, the music’s better for it. And I think it’s our responsibility as artists. This album from a creative standpoint is pretty far out there. It was made that way, it was a conscious thing.”

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The change in focus didn’t matter too much to his fans; The Outsiders hit No. 1 on the Billboard 200 upon its February release, selling 288,000 copies in its first week.

Tickets for the tour go on sale April 18. Dates for first leg of The Outsiders World Tour are below.

Sept. 11 – Bossier City, La. @ CenturyLink Center
Sept. 13 – St. Louis, Mo. @ Scottrade Center
Sept. 16 – Minneapolis, Minn. @ Target Center
Sept. 17 – Des Moines, Iowa @ Wells Fargo Arena
Sept. 18 – Omaha, Neb. @ CenturyLink Center
Sept. 25 – Louisville, Ky. @ KFC Yum! Center
Sept. 26 – Charleston, W.Va. @ Charleston Civic Center
Sept. 27 – Greensboro, N.C. @ Greensboro Coliseum
Oct. 9 – Grand Rapids, Mich. @ Van Andel Arena
Oct. 10 – Cleveland, Ohio @ Quicken Loans Arena
Oct. 11 – Pittsburgh, Pa. @ Consol Energy Center
Oct. 16 – Charlottesville, Va. @ John Paul Jones Arena
Oct. 17 – New York, N.Y. @ Madison Square Garden
Oct. 18 – Philadelphia, Pa. @ Wells Fargo Center
Oct. 23 – Manchester, N.H. @ Verizon Wireless Arena
Oct. 24 – Uncasville, Conn. @ Mohegan Sun
Oct. 25 – Uncasville, Conn. @ Mohegan Sun
Oct. 30 – Knoxville, Tenn. @ Thompson-Boling Arena
Oct. 31 – Memphis, Tenn. @ FedExForum
Nov. 1 – Tulsa, Okla. @ BOK Center
Nov. 13 – London, Ont. @ Budweiser Gardens
Nov. 14 – Hamilton, Ont. @ FirstOntario Centre
Nov. 15 – Ottawa, Ont. @ Canadian Tire Centre
Nov. 20 – Green Bay, Wis. @ Resch Center
Nov. 21 – Peoria, Ill. @ Peoria Civic Center
Nov. 22 – Evansville, Ind. @ The Ford Center
Dec. 5 – Kansas City, Mo. @ Sprint Center
Dec. 6 – Sioux Falls, S.D. @ Denny Sanford Premier Center
Dec. 11 – Atlanta, Ga. @ The Arena at Gwinnett Center
Dec. 12 – Lexington, Ky. @ Rupp Arena
Dec. 13 – Birmingham, Ala. @ BJCC Arena

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