As fans mourn the passing of Gregg Allman, country star Eric Church took to the stage of Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on Saturday night to pay tribute to the legendary Allman Brothers frontman, who passed away at age 69 on Saturday.
Church, who’s developing a reputation as the country-music version of Bruce Springsteen for his marathon performances, honoured Allman with a blistering cover of the band’s “Midnight Rider”.
As Rolling Stone reports, Church launched into the song with no introduction and no mention of Allman, letting the song speak for itself.
Church had crossed paths with Allman several times, even sharing the stage with him during at a 2015 Grammy event to perform “Midnight Rider” — although Church revealed that Allman had a surprise up his sleeve, changing the arrangement of the song at the last minute.
“Last night, I worked on ‘Midnight Rider,’ which I’ve played a hundred times. Maybe a thousand,” he told the crowd at the time. “So I’m getting ready to walk up on stage, and Gregg goes, ‘Hey, we’re not going to do it the way the Brothers do it.’ I about s**t in my pants!”