This weekend, Eric Church will perform two solo concerts on his The Gather Again Tour after members of his band tested positive for COVID-19. Church will turn his Friday (Oct. 8) show in Pittsburgh and his Saturday show in Philadelphia into solo performances.
On Friday, Church posted a message on social media explaining the situation. “Despite thorough safety protocols, a limited number of breakthrough cases have occurred within the Eric Church Band. In the best interest of everyone’s health and safety, Eric Church will perform this weekend’s shows in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia as a special solo performance. Get ready PA.”
Church launched the aptly named tour Sept. 17 at Lexington, Ky.’s Rupp Arena. The tour is slated to run through May 20, 2022, culminating with a show at New York’s Madison Square Garden. Church’s Gather Again Tour has been a joyous reunion for the artist and his fans alike, marking his return to the road after the pandemic forced the postponement of both Church’s Heart & Soul triple album and his 2020 tour. It also marks the first time Church has used an in-the-round stage for his tour.
For a Billboard cover story earlier this year, Church received his COVID-19 vaccination during his Billboard photo shoot.
“It became very clear to me that the only way to really get back to normal is through vaccinations,” he told Billboard at the time. “You’ve got to get needles in arms.”
After his two Pennsylvania concert dates, Church is slated for a show in Denver on Oct. 15. Church, the reigning CMA entertainer of the year, is also one of the most-nominated artists heading into November’s Country Music Association Awards, including another nod for the coveted entertainer of the year trophy.