Fans call hard foul on Eric Church after country star abruptly cancels sold-out concert to go to Final Four

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Eric Church fans have whistled the country music star for a hard foul after he announced the abrupt cancelation of a concert this weekend so that he could attend the Final Four men’s college basketball championship.

Church, who’s a die-hard fan of the University of North Carolina Tar Heels, left ticket holders for Saturday’s scheduled concert at San Antonio’s AT&T Center holding the bag, choosing to stiff his paying fans so that he could be in attendance as his beloved team faces off against the archrival Duke Blue Devils in New Orleans with the winner’s ticket being punched to next Monday’s title game.

Fans who had bought tickets and made plans to see one of Church’s epic live shows got the bad news through an emailed statement from Ticketmaster which informed them that the sold-out stop on The Gather Again Tour had been called off along with a personal message to the “Church Choir” from the singer-songwriter.

“This Saturday, my family and I are going to stand together to cheer on the Tar Heels as the team has made it to the Final Four,” the notice quotes Church.

“As a lifelong Carolina basketball fan, I’ve watched Carolina and Duke battle over the year but to have them matchup in the Final Four for the first time in history of the NCAA Tournament is any sports enthusiast’s dream,” trying to explain the rationale behind his decision.

“This is 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,” he added, admitting his selfishness to the jilted fans. “However, it’s that same type of passion felt by the people who fill the seats at our concerts that makes us want to be part of a crowd at a game of this significance.”

“Woody Durham always said, ‘Go where you go and do what you do,’  thanks for letting me go here and be with the Tar Heels,” Church said, referring to the beloved UNC announcer who passed away in 2018 and thanking the thousands of stunned fans who shelled out their hard earned cash for tickets to the San Antonio show.

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Adding insult to injury, the email informed ticket buyers that they may have to wait up to 30 days to get their money back.

Twitter users angrily responded to what one described as “one heck of a d*ck move” by Church.


Others who probably didn’t have tickets to the canceled gig were more sympathetic

UNC and Duke are set to tip off at  8:49 pm ET with the victor facing either the Kansas Jayhawks or the Villanova Wildcats for all the marbles.


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