Excerpt from Billboard's Interview with Eric Church: What's Next After A Record-Setting Tour?
You closed this latest tour with two nights at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena that set an attendance record for the building. Now you’re up in the mountains and chilling out. What’s next for Eric Church?
I’ve been thinking about that. I don’t have answers yet. That’s what I’m here to think about, honestly.
When I left the final Nashville show, my manager told me to take some time to process everything. We just finished the tour with these two record-breaking shows, and there were fans in the audience holding signs that said, “Twenty-three shows this tour,” “Ten shows this tour.”
Every night, they’ll hand me scarves, American flag scarves [like those] in the “Springsteen” video. I ended up wearing them. My entire dressing room’s decorated with them. That final night of the tour in Nashville, the whole [audience] had gotten either American flag scarves or they had made American flags. And everybody in the place held them up. I didn't know about it. The fans had communicated all this among themselves. So it was just such an emotional thing to get to the end of the tour and to see these people, as a thank you to me, do something like that among 19,000 people at Bridgestone Arena. It just was mind-blowing.
We get in the dressing room [afterward], and John [Peets] is talking to me. “I just want you to know that I’ve never seen [anything like] this before,” he says. He goes, “You need to go away and process this. You need to think about what it meant. What it means. What’s next.”
I’m trying to figure out the answer to that question: Is there anything else that I haven’t done? And, more importantly, what do I want to do next? I currently have nothing. I’m still just trying to process everything.
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