Country maverick Eric Church lost his opening slot on The T.G. Sheppard Tour after a raucous performance at a Branson retirement home on Tuesday night.
Sheppard personally delivered the bad news to Church around 10pm as the two singers were lugging their sound equipment back to their shared “tour bus,” a 1989 Mazda Miata parked behind the venue. The termination came after weeks of tension caused by Church’s tendency to extend his contractually-mandated thirty-minute opening set into a loose two-hour jam session replete with unseemly words like “hell” and “damn.”
Church was mired in similar controversy back in 2006, when disappointingly mundane rebel behavior cost him an opening slot on a Rascal Flatts tour.
2004 Nashville Star winner Brad Cotter is slated to join Sheppard for the final leg of the tour. Church plans to rent a 1984 Pontiac Fiero and trail Sheppard’s Miata, busking outside the venues at the remaining stops. Contacted for comment, he offered: “I guess T.G. just couldn’t handle me. I like to rock out, hoss.”
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