TULSA – Eric Church’s “The Outsiders World Tour” will launch in North America on Sept. 11 and include a Nov. 1 show at Tulsa’s BOK Center.
Tickets for the tour, which beings in Bossier City, Louisiana, will go on sale Friday in select markets with additional information made available on EricChurch.com. Members of the Church Choir have access to a pre-sale starting today.
The on-sale date and ticket prices for the Tulsa show won’t be released until later this week, according to a venue spokeswoman.
Church selected Dwight Yoakam as the special guest for the entire tour, according to a news release. Opening the tour on different dates throughout the first leg will be rising country music duo Brothers Osborne, critically acclaimed singer/songwriter Brandy Clark, or the hard rocking band Halestorm.
Hailed as a top entertainer by The New York Times, Rolling Stone, SPIN Magazine, and more, Church will bring his rip-roaring attitude when he performs at venues such as Madison Square Garden, Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, the Sprint Center in Kansas City, the Arena at Gwinnett Center in Atlanta, Thompson-Boling Arena in Knoxville, and FedExForum in Memphis, among others. Church will also return to the Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, N.C., where he sold more than 15,000 tickets in 2012 as part of his headlining arena tour, “The Blood, Sweat & Beers Tour,” which Pollstar named a Top Tour of 2012.
While “The Blood, Sweat & Beers Tour” employed a succession of backdrops as the focus of the show, Church’s “The Outsiders World Tour” will use a much more high tech design and will offer fans a 360-degree view of the entertainer and his band.
The best seats on “The Outsiders World Tour” will once again be paperless so fans get them instead of scalpers, according to a news release. A limited number of VIP tickets for each show will also be available for purchase. Each VIP ticket includes a premium ticket in the first 15 rows or in the general admission pit, an invitation to a pre-show party at The Outsiders Joint, a two song acoustic pre-show performance by Eric Church, a limited edition show poster, and a dedicated VIP concert concierge.
Fans have the chance to gain access to pre-sale tickets for each show by becoming a Standard or Premium member of the Church Choir. Join the Church Choir by visiting http://smarturl.it/churchchoir.
When they go on sale, Tulsa tickets will be available at www.bokcenter.com, Arby’s Box Office at the BOK Center, all ticket outlets, or by calling (866) 7-BOKCTR.
Church’s current album, “The Outsiders,” debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart and the Billboard Country Albums Chart earlier this year, and his current hit single “Give Me Back My Hometown,” is in the top 5 and rising. “Eric Church is working on a level that few other country artists of his generation can touch,” said Ken Tucker at NPR Music in his review of the album, continuing, “Shrewd, defiant, sly and funny, Eric Church has succeeded in what he set out to do: He’s using the power he’s accrued from making hit records to make exactly the kind of album he wants, heedless of industry approval. And this is how good he is: Now he’ll go out and — through the singles he’ll release, the touring he’ll do and the videos he’ll make — probably turn this personal project into a big commercial deal. The Outsiders deserves nothing less.”
“The Outsiders” is the follow-up to Church’s platinum-certified album “Chief,” (named the 2012 Album of the Year by both the Country Music Association and Academy of Country and Grammy nominated for Best Country Album) which featured five Top 20 singles: “Homeboy” (certified platinum for sales in excess of one million singles); the Top 10 “Like Jesus Does” and the Top 5 “Creepin’” (both certified gold for sales in excess of 500,000 singles each); and two No. 1 hits “Drink in My Hand” (certified platinum) and “Springsteen” (certified double platinum for sales in excess of two million singles). Church’s debut album, “Sinners Like Me” (2006), and his sophomore album “Carolina (2009),” are both gold certified. Carolina had three hit singles: the Top 10 “Hell on the Heart” as well as Top 20 hit “Smoke A Little Smoke” and Top 10 smash “Love Your Love The Most,” which were both certified gold. “Sinners Like Me” spawned three Top 20 singles: “How ‘Bout You,” “Two Pink Lines,” and “Guys Like Me.”
Dwight Yoakam has sold more than 25 million albums worldwide, placing him in an elite group of global superstars. Nearly 40 of Yoakam’s singles have charted, with 14 peaking in the Top 10, including the hits “Honky Tonk Man,” “Please, Please Baby,” “Little Ways,” “I Sang Dixie,” “It Only Hurts When I Cry,” and “Fast as You.” He is a 21-time nominated, two-time Grammy Award winner. In celebration of his latest critically acclaimed album, “3 Pears,” he received the Artist of the Year award at the 2013 Americana Music Honors & Awards ceremony, the most prestigious award offered by the organization. In 2014, Yoakam will appear as a recurring guest star in multiple episodes of the thrilling CBS series, “Under the Dome,” based on Stephen King’s best-selling novel of the same name. For more information, go to www.dwightyoakam.com.
For John (guitar) and TJ (vocals/guitar) Osborne, getting into music was unavoidable. Growing up in the water town of Deale, Maryland, their close-nit-family of seven spent most nights not in front of the television, but writing and playing songs. In April 2011, Warner Chappell/King Pen Music offered them a publishing deal. A year later, Capitol Records offered them a record deal. The Brothers Osborne are currently in the studio finishing their debut album, an album they describe as “aggressive, bold and fragile at times.” Their current single is “Rum.” For more information, visit www.brothersosborne.com.
Brandy Clark’s debut album, “12 Stories,” was released in October and has received tremendous critical acclaim. When reviewing “12 Stories,” Randy Lewis of The Los Angeles Times wrote, “This is the country debut of the year.” Clark was nominated for her first Grammy Award earlier this year for Best Country Song for “Mama’s Broken Heart,” which she co-wrote with Shane McAnally and Kacey Musgraves and Miranda Lambert took to No. 1. That song also earned Clark her first CMA and ACM nominations, both for Song of the Year. Clark has been on tour with Jennifer Nettles. For more information, go to www.brandyclarkmusic.com.
Upon its release, “The Strange Case Of…,” the second album from Atlantic Records artist Halestorm, shot to the No. 1 slot on Billboard’s Hard Rock Albums chart. The first single, “Love Bites (So Do I),” marked the first song by a female fronted group to top the active rock chart and earned the band a Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance. The song was also the No. 1 song of 2012 on SiriusXM’s Octane. The band’s second single “Freak Like Me” also hit No. 1 on the Active Rock chart and their third single “Here’s To Us” saw incredible chart success as well. Halestorm also released their second covers EP last fall, “ReAniMate 2.0: The CoVeRs eP,” which saw the band putting their distinctive brand another eclectic collection of classic songs. In addition to releasing her own clothing and accessory line this past fall, “Scissor Happy,” frontwoman Lzzy Hale has also garnered national media attention appearing on the cover of Revolver’s “Hottest Chicks in Hard Rock” issue twice. The band has also performed on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” and “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon.” Halestorm is currently on a sold-out European tour and working on their third studio album. For more information, go to www.HalestormRocks.com.
For more information on the tour’s Tulsa stop, go to www.bokcenter.com.