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Review: Eric Church Makes Los Angeles His Hometown with 3-Hour Concert

Eric Church put on a show like no other Friday night (March 31), when his “Holdin My Own Tour” made a stop at Staples Center.

The tireless country outlaw took a page out of his musical icon Bruce Springsteen’s book and didn’t bring along an opening act. So after 39 songs and one intermission later, Church’s concert ran just over 3 hours!

As the arena went dark, a spotlight shined on a microphone placed on center stage. The thousands of fans in attendance let out a massive roar in unison, but there was no sign of Church.

The rowdy crowd was quickly hushed as the evening began by paying homage to the late Leonard Cohen with his classic song, “Hallelujah.” That had single handedly hushed crowd goers from the front row all the way to the back of the rafters.

Church eventually made his way to the stage after that, donning his signature black shades, t-shirt, jeans and a guitar slung over his shoulder with his nickname, “Chief,” written in rhinestones on the strap.

Related: Eric Church Cancels 25,000 Tickets To His Tour

The North Carolina native owned the stage from the moment he stepped foot on it. He strummed his guitar and displayed his signature twang as he rolled out his set with massive hits like, “The Outsiders,” “Dink In My Hand” and “Carolina.”

He even brought out some hometown talent as the Inglewood High Choir joined him on stage for “Mistress Named Music.”

Church, 39, reminded the audience that he is one of the most interesting country musicians in the business as he jumped from country-rock toe-tappers like “Smoke a Little Smoke” and “Cold One,” to expressive slow burners including “Round Here Buzz” and “Like a Wrecking Ball.”

The “Holdin My Own Tour” is one that is solely centered around music. There wasn’t a lot of chitchat from Church, aside from one crowd-roaring remark he made to the audience.

“I know there’s been a bunch of shows here, but you’ll remember this one for a long time,” Church said.

One thing Southern California natives will certainly remember is Church belting out his rendition of “I Love L.A.” which was a crowd favorite to say the least.

Related: Watch Eric Church Cover Pearl Jam’s ‘Better Man’ in Concert

He capped off the evening with songs that meant the most to him and to his fans with “Three Year Old,” which he mentioned was his favorite part of the show, and “Springsteen.”

Whether it was showcasing his excellent guitar skills or exhibiting his soulful vocal talent, there’s no denying Church thrives while being on stage and he absolutely loves to entertain.

It might be cliché to say he took the crowd to Church, but if you ever attend a show on this tour, it won’t take you long to realize he preaches one heck of a gospel.

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