Tickets for the U.S. dates, booked by WME and promoted by Messina Touring Group, go on sale May 4 to members of Church’s fan club, the Church Choir, and to the general public on May 7. The Canadian dates will go on sale soon. The arenas will be sold at 100% capacity with seating in the round.
Church has been working toward getting back on the road since shortly after the pandemic started and hinted that he would announce the tour soon in his Billboard April 3 cover story, out now. “All I’ve ever done is play live shows. That’s my whole gig,” he said.
An elated Church dropped the news first, per his habit, to his Church Choir members via video, then to Billboard.
The reigning CMA entertainer of the year has been off the road since his 2019 Double Down arena tour, Billboard’s highest-grossing country outing of 2019. The outing’s final night drew 56,521 people to Nashville’s Nissan Stadium, breaking Taylor Swift’s attendance record there.
After the pandemic caused him to push back both his Heart & Soul triple-album project and a tour from 2020, Church met with epidemiologists, venue managers and industry vets within his own circle, determined to figure out how to get back onstage safely. “It became very clear to me that the only way to really get back to normal is through vaccinations,” he says. “You’ve got to get needles in arms.”
Church can’t wait to get onstage and share the connection with his audience. “Honestly, there's a spirit moving around. I would even say the best shows is me 20 [percent]; them, 80. It's them giving. All I'm doing is starting the process and then they just carry it,” he told Billboard.
Though a number of outdoor festivals are taking place this summer and fall, very few artists are attempting to return to full indoor arena capacity in 2021. In addition to Church, Latin superstar Maluma has also put a fall arena tour on sale.
Church, who is nominated for entertainer of the year at the April 18 ACM Awards, will also participate in a PSA promoting vaccines that will debut during the awards ceremony. Produced by ACM Lifting Lives, The Ad Council and COVID Collaborative, the spot will also feature Darius Rucker and Ashley McBryde.
Church’s Heart & Soul will now launch April 16, starting with the rock-leaning Heart; then & (pronounced “ampersand”), available on vinyl or streaming only to members of the official Church Choir fan club starting April 20; and the groove-driven Soul, out April 23, with songs reflecting the Muscle Shoals and Motown influences on his sound.
The Gather Again Tour dates:
Sept. 17, 2021 - Rupp Arena Lexington, Ky.
Sept. 18, 2021 - Nationwide Arena Columbus, Ohio
Sept. 24, 2021 - Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse Cleveland, Ohio
Sept. 25, 2021 - KeyBank Center Buffalo, N.Y.
Oct. 1, 2021 - Alerus Center Grand Forks, N.D.
Oct. 2, 2021 - Bell MTS Place Winnipeg, Manitoba
Oct. 8, 2021 - PPG Paints Arena Pittsburgh, Pa.
Oct. 9, 2021 - Wells Fargo Center Philadelphia, Pa.
Oct. 15, 2021 - Ball Arena Denver, Colo.
Oct. 22, 2021 - Scotiabank Saddledome Calgary, Alberta
Oct. 23, 2021 - SaskTel Centre Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Oct. 29, 2021 - Rogers Arena Vancouver, British Columbia
Oct. 30, 2021 - Climate Pledge Arena Seattle, Wash.
Nov. 12, 2021 - Thompson-Boling Arena Knoxville, Tenn.
Nov. 13, 2021 - Ford Center Evansville, Ind.
Dec. 3, 2021 - SNHU Arena Manchester, N.H.
Dec. 4, 2021 - UBS Arena Belmont Park, N.Y.
Dec. 10, 2021 - The Anthem Washington, D.C.
Dec. 11, 2021 - The Anthem Washington, D.C.
Dec. 17, 2021 - Bon Secours Wellness Arena Greenville, S.C.
Dec. 18, 2021 - Greensboro Coliseum Greensboro, N.C.
Jan. 7, 2022 - Pinnacle Bank Arena Lincoln, Neb.
Jan. 8, 2022 - Denny Sanford PREMIER Center Sioux Falls, S.D.
Jan. 14, 2022 - Scotiabank Arena Toronto, Ontario
Jan. 15, 2022 - Canadian Tire Centre Ottawa, Ontario
Jan. 21, 2022 - Van Andel Arena Grand Rapids, Mich.
Jan. 22, 2022 - Little Caesars Arena Detroit, Mich.
Feb. 4, 2022 - KFC Yum! Center Louisville, Ky.
Feb. 5, 2022 - Bankers Life Fieldhouse Indianapolis, Ind.
Feb. 11, 2022 - CHI Health Center Omaha Omaha, Neb.
Feb. 12, 2022 - Wells Fargo Arena Des Moines, Iowa
Feb. 18, 2022 - T-Mobile Center Kansas City, Mo.
Feb 19, 2022 - BOK Center Tulsa, Okla.
Feb. 25, 2022 - Hampton Coliseum Hampton, Va.
Feb. 26, 2022 - Spectrum Center Charlotte, N.C.
March 4, 2022 - Amway Center Orlando, Fla.
March 5, 2022 - Amalie Arena Tampa, Fla.
March 11, 2022 - United Center Chicago, Ill.
March 12, 2022 - Enterprise Center St. Louis, Mo.
March 18, 2022 - Resch Center Green Bay, Wis.
March 19, 2022 - Resch Center Green Bay, Wis.
March 25, 2022 - Legacy Arena at the BJCC Birmingham, Ala.
March 26, 2022 - Simmons Bank Arena Little Rock, Ark.
April 1, 2022 - Dickies Arena Fort Worth, Texas
April 2, 2022 - AT&T Center San Antonio, Texas
April 8, 2022 - Toyota Center Houston, Texas
April 9, 2022 - Smoothie King Center New Orleans, La.
April 15, 2022 - Moda Center Portland, Ore.
April 16, 2022 - Spokane Arena Spokane, Wash.
April 29, 2022 - ExtraMile Arena Boise, Idaho
April 30, 2022 - Vivint Arena Salt Lake City, Utah
May 6, 2022 - Pechanga Arena San Diego, Calif.
May 7, 2022 - STAPLES Center Los Angeles, Calif.
May 11, 2022 - Golden 1 Center Sacramento, Calif.
May 13, 2022 - T-Mobile Arena Las Vegas, Nev.
May 14, 2022 - Gila River Arena Glendale, Ariz.
May 20, 2022 - Madison Square Garden New York, N.Y.