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Eric Church cancels San Antonio concert to attend North Carolina, Duke basketball Final Four game

Nation music star Eric Church is buying and selling in his shades for Carolina blue this weekend. 

Church introduced the last-minute cancellation of his upcoming live performance in Texas so he might watch the No. 8 North Carolina Tar Heels on the NCAA Match on April 2.

The Tar Heels are set to face rival No. 2 Duke within the Last 4.

In a message on Ticketmaster, the 44-year-old musician defined to his fan membership, the “Church Choir,” he’ll be in attendance in New Orleans to cheer on the Tar Heels alongside his household.

“As a lifelong Carolina basketball fan, I’ve watched Carolina and Duke battle over time,” Church mentioned. “However to have them matchup within the Last 4 for the primary time within the historical past of the NCAA Match is any sports activities fanatic’s dream,” Church mentioned.

Church was anticipated to carry out on the AT&T Middle as a part of his “The Collect Once more Tour” on the night of the Tar Heels’ massive recreation — the tour’s solely cease in San Antonio. The live performance has since been listed as “canceled” on the venue’s website.

“That is additionally probably the most egocentric factor I’ve ever requested the Choir to do: to surrender your Saturday evening plans with us in order that I can have this second with my household and sports activities group,” Church mentioned, defending the cancellation.

Nation music singer Eric Church watches the North Carolina Tar Heels and the Duke Blue Devils in 2018.
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Eric Church, a loyal North Carolina Tar Heels fan, celebrates on the field following a Tar Heels football game in 2019.
Eric Church, a loyal North Carolina Tar Heels fan, celebrates on the sector following a Tar Heels soccer recreation in 2019.
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“Nonetheless, it’s that very same sort of ardour felt by the individuals who fill the seats at our concert events that makes us wish to be a part of a crowd at a recreation of this significance.”

Church, a North Carolina native, is routinely discovered courtside or on the sidelines throughout Tar Heels basketball and soccer video games. He traveled to Philadelphia last weekend because the Tar Heels booked their ticket to New Orleans.

He thanked followers for permitting him to go to the sport earlier than quoting the late Tar Heels basketball broadcaster Woody Durham, “Go the place you go and do what you do.”

The AT&T Middle supplied refunds to ticketholders. Nonetheless, Church’s followers expressed their disappointment over the cancellation days earlier than the present.

“Eric Church cancels his San Antonio gig for a basketball recreation and we’re speculated to be cool with it?” One fan wrote on Twitter. “Get a DVR and go @DukeMBB.”

I’ve made quite a few out of city journeys to go see him. Blended emotions. I respect his ardour for his workforce however Not gonna lie im fairly mad. Dude didn’t even reschedule. Simply canceled it,” another disappointed fan said.

Church has not addressed the canceled efficiency on social media.

The Tar Heels, with Church in attendance, will tip off in opposition to Duke at 8:49 EST on the Caesars Superdome.

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