Country 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 concert in Texas so he may watch the No. 8 North Carolina Tar Heels on the NCAA Tournament on April 2.
The Tar Heels are set to face rival No. 2 Duke within the Final Four.
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 the years,” Church stated. “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,” Church stated.
Church was anticipated to carry out on the AT&T Center as a part of his “The Gather Again Tour” on the night of the Tar Heels’ huge game — the tour’s solely cease in San Antonio. The concert has since been listed as “canceled” on the venue’s website.
“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,” Church stated, defending the cancellation.
“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.”
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 game earlier than quoting the late Tar Heels basketball broadcaster Woody Durham, “Go where you go and do what you do.”
The AT&T Center provided refunds to ticketholders. However, Church’s followers expressed their disappointment over the cancellation days earlier than the present.
“Eric Church cancels his San Antonio gig for a basketball game and we’re supposed 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. Mixed emotions. I admire his ardour for his workforce however Not gonna lie im fairly mad. Dude didn’t even reschedule. Just 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 towards Duke at 8:49 EST on the Caesars Superdome.