'The sheer arrogance': Eric Church SLAMMED for canceling concert to attend Tar Heels-Duke basketball game

The music star canceled his April 2 concert at the AT&T Center to watch the Tar Heels against its rival No 2 Duke in the Final Four


                            'The sheer arrogance': Eric Church SLAMMED for canceling concert to attend Tar Heels-Duke basketball game
Eric Church rehearses for the 57th Academy Of Country Music Awards at Allegiant Stadium on March 06, 2022, in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for ACM)
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Country music star Eric Church has been facing the wrath of people online after he gave preference to the No 8 North Carolina Tar Heels at the NCAA Tournament on April 2 over his reportedly sold-out upcoming concert in Texas. The 44-year-old canceled his April 2 concert at the AT&T Center to watch the Tar Heels against its rival No 2 Duke in the Final Four.

Church issued a statement to Ticketmaster, saying, “As a lifelong Carolina basketball fan, I’ve watched Carolina and Duke battle over the years. 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.”

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He also seemingly tried to justify his action as he stated: “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. 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,’ before adding: “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.”

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Eric Church performs during the 55th annual Country Music Association awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 10, 2021, in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Terry Wyatt/Getty Images)

 

The AT&T Center’s website also showed Church's show as canceled and mentioned, “All ticket buyers will be notified via email and will be refunded automatically.” But the musician’s fans were not happy as they began criticizing him on Twitter with one saying, “There will be other concerts, but never again will I buy tickets for an Eric Church concert.” The second one wrote: “This tweet did not age well lmao. I guess you love basketball more than playing music for a solid out crowd, huh? The sheer arrogance & selfish behavior is very telling.” “This is something. I get self care but a professional owes more than this to the fans, crew, venue and everyone else in an ecosystem. Don’t be Eric Church,” the third user noted.

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Eric Church performs on stage during ATLive 2021 concert at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on November 05, 2021, in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images for ATLive)

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A person shared, “Love @ericchurch but you CAN’T cancel a concert for 15,000 people for a basketball game! This will not go over well.” Another person said, “@stormewarren @SXMTheHighway I hope you guys give enough criticism to this. This is a BS move by Eric Church. People plan to go to concerts for a long time for him to cancel it just because he wants to go to a basketball game is classless.”

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In this image released on April 18, Eric Church performs onstage at the 56th Academy of Country Music Awards at the Ryman Auditorium on April 18, 2021, in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for ACM)

 

A critic of Church pointed out, “Is he paying the hundreds of people it takes to run his show? See people aren’t talking about lost wages for those workers who need every shift just to pay rent or feed their families. Sure Eric, go w/your family to NC while workers in Texas go w/o a nights pay they really need.” “Do you love basketball more than a stage or your employees? Hundreds that run your shows I hope are getting their full nights pay for you choosing to let them down. The fans will get over it, but don’t let your crew and arena staff miss out on desperately needed rent or food $,” another one mentioned.

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