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Lists: Five awesome things that happened at last night's Eric Church show

Eric ChurchEric Church - shown here at a 2009 State Theatre show - performed a memorable show Tuesday at 9:30 club. (Photo by Kyle Gustafson)

North Carolina neo-outlaw Eric Church delivers one of the most spirited live shows in country music -- and his fans follow suit. Church's rowdy 9:30 club debut on Tuesday was no exception. Five highlights:

1. Hands up

Cameras, lighters, bottles of Bud, Stetsons -- all of these things were hoisted skyward when Church barked "Give me a crowd that's redneck and loud!" from his 2006 single "How 'Bout You." And this was a crowd that liked to put its hands (among other things), in the air and wave them they just didn't care. During "These Boots," dozens of audience members raised theirs. One guy lifted his Red Wings over his head. Those don't count, dude.

2. A lotta smoke

During the singer's ode to vice, "Smoke A Little Smoke," an overzealous smoke machine set off the 9:30 club fire alarm. Church ignored it.

3. Tear it down

Before Church's set, the hype man encouraged fans to take home the excessive promotional Jagermeister posters and banners that covered the club. Fans got to work immediately, ripping them from the walls -- an anti-corporate moment that certainly wasn't intended.

4. Shadowboxing

During "Lotta Boot Left to Fill," fans barked along while punching the air. It was if as if we had all teleported to an early-'90s hardcore show.

5. Sunglasses at night

One of the few times Church removed his baseball cap was to sing the line, "I pledge allegiance... to Merle Haggard." The singer's sunglasses, however, never came off his face.

By Chris Richards  |  February 17, 2010; 2:00 PM ET
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Five MORE Awesome Things that happened at last night's Eric Church show

1. Josh Thompson played a great opening set and everyone sang along to "Beer on the Table".

2. The club was bathed in Jager green during the opening of "Drink a Little Drink"

3. Eric was back on two feet after being hobbled by a broken foot for seeral months.

4. I got to meet Eric before the show!

5. Eric played some of the best country-rock music you'd ever want to hear.

Posted by: vickydobbin | February 17, 2010 4:27 PM | Report abuse

BTW: Tearing down the Jagermeister posters was a hunt for cool souvenirs, not an anti-corporate statement. The posters and banners weren't tossed in the trash, they were proudly carried out of the club after the show.

Posted by: vickydobbin | February 17, 2010 4:29 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for the plus five, Vicky. But I suspect you work for a particular company. Rhymes with Magerjeister?

Posted by: ChrisRichards | February 17, 2010 5:05 PM | Report abuse

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