Country Star Eric Church Offers Free Concert After Canceling Show For Final Four

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Days after canceling his scheduled Saturday concert in San Antonio to watch the North Carolina-Duke Final Four matchup, country music superstar Eric Church announced Friday that he would be offering fans a rain check.

The diehard Tar Heels fan will make it up to the thousands of fans who had paid to see him, returning to play a “one of a kind free show” in New Braunfels on Sept. 2.

“Thank you San Antonio for letting me take my family to this game,” Church said, via Twitter. “It took me a minute to figure out how and when I could properly express my thanks.”

You see, the North Carolina-Duke rivalry runs deep through many, including “The Chief.” So, when it was determined that the two blue bloods of college basketball would be facing each other for the first time in the NCAA Tournament Saturday, in the Final Four nonetheless, it was obvious what the “Springsteen” singer would be doing.

Alas, the scheduling Gods didn’t align for Church, who was slated to perform at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, the next stop on “The Gather Again Tour.”

“As a lifelong Carolina basketball fan, I’ve watched Carolina and Duke battle over the years,” Church said in a statement, via OutKick’s Trey Wallace. “But to have them matchup in the Final Four for the first time in the history of the NCAA Tournament is any sports enthusiast’s dream.”

“This is also the most selfish thing I’ve ever asked the Choir to do: to give up your Saturday night plans with us so that I can have this moment with my family and sports community.”

Fans who spent money on tickets, hotels and flights were understandably upset, with many taking to Twitter to voice their frustrations.

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Written by Nick Geddes

Nick Geddes is a 2021 graduate of the University of Central Florida with a bachelor’s degree in Journalism. A life-long sports enthusiast, Nick shares a passion for sports writing and is proud to represent OutKick.


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  1. That’s fine I guess. I think he still misses the point and apparently doesn’t know who his fan base is anymore. It’s not the “tickets” that’s the problem. Working folks, which “used” to be his primary audience, can’t just eat $1,000+ on a hotel room and plane tickets when a show gets axed on them last minute. Those aren’t always easily refunded. Not everyone going to that show was from San Antonio, but probably made plans, took off work, and were coming in from all over. You know he had to put couple thousand people in that situation out of 17,000. It’s over with, moving on, but to be clear, this is precisely why people get fed up with celebrities.

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