Review: Eric Church goes live on Sirius XM while performing for sold-out crowd at Target Center

Eric Church. Photo: David Sherman, Target Center.
Eric Church.

February 09, 2019 05:28 PM

Country music fans braved frigid Minnesota temps Friday night to party with Eric Church on night one of his 'Double Down Tour' at the Target Center in Minneapolis.

The North Carolina-native let the fully-packed arena know that "we're live on the radio [Sirius XM] right now. We picked four cities that we have history with so tonight Minneapolis we're gonna play a lot of songs and we're gonna have a lot of fun!" 

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Church and his band put on an incredible performance, pulling songs from all six of his studio albums in a little over three hours, taking only a 20-minute break, which he so kindly put a countdown on the video screen for all to see as they refilled drinks and stretched their legs before set two.  

"Thank y'all for being here tonight, whether it's your first time with us or if you partied at our first ever stop here in Minnesota at The Cabooze back in 2005," Church told fans. "To this day, it's one of the best shows we've ever done." 


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Crowd favorites seemed to be "Chattanooga Lucy," "Homeboy," "Give Me Back My Hometown," "Record Year" and "Sinners Like Me." 

The most memorable part of the night may have been when Church took the stage for his solo acoustic medley that included his own "Mistress Named Music" and covers from Bob Seger ("We've Got Tonight"), Travis Tritt ("It's a Great Day to Be Alive"), The Beatles ("Hey Jude") and Minnesota's own Prince ("Kiss"). 

Kudos to the very talented Joanna Cotton who beautifully backed Church throughout the night. 

Night two of the Double Down Tour kicks off Saturday night 8 p.m. There is no opener. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. 

Set List 
1.    Drowning Man
2.    Country Music Jesus 
3.    Hangin' Around 
4.    Smoke a Little Smoke 
5.    Guys Like Me 
6.    Round Here Buzz
7.    Creepin' 
8.    Hippie Radio 
9.    Chattanooga Lucy
10.   Without You Here
11.    Lotta Boot Left to Fill 
12.    Homeboy
13.    Drink in My Hand
14.    Mistress Named Music/ Rich Girl / We've Got Tonight / Stuck in the Middle with You / Will You Love Me Tomorrow / Blowin' in the Wind / Great Day to Be Alive / Kiss / Hey Jude 

Set 2
15.    Solid 
16.    Give Me Back My Hometown
17.    Record Year
18.    Desperate Man 
19.    Kill a Word
20.    Pledge Allegiance to the Hag
21.    Some of It
22.    Jack Daniels
23.    Over When It's Over
24.    Jukebox and a Bar
25.    Proud Mary (Creedence Clearwater Revival cover)
26.    Travelin' Man (Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band cover) 
27.    Two Pink Lines
28.    Higher Wire
29.    Like a Wrecking Ball 
30.    Sinners Like Me 
31.    These Boots
32.    Springsteen 

Encore 
33.    Those I've Loved
34.    Like Jesus Does 
35.    A Man Who Was Gonna Die Young 

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