Eric Church’s tour tapped the Glam Band to play a private gig in Lambeau
GREEN BAY – Eric Church went to Lambeau Field on Friday evening after his concert at the Resch Center, and you?
The country singer, his band and crew headed across the street for a private after-party inside Packers Stadium, where The Glam Band was ready, waiting and suitably dressed for two sets of glam 80s metal.
Getting asked to play a gig after midnight for “Chief,” as his fans call him, yeah, that’ll blow your big hair out.
“It hasn’t hit us yet that we’re here, 10,000 people just watched it, and it watched us for an hour and a half. How crazy is that?” said founding member drummer Eric Johnson from the popular Green Bay/Fox Valley band that pays homage to the look and music of the decade of hair bands “I think the scale of this one hasn’t been factored in yet.”
Johnson could hardly believe what he was hearing when he was contacted a week ago about hiring the band to play for Church and his entourage “from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.” Friday in Lambeau. He was at Disney World in Florida on a family vacation at the time and explained that he wasn’t due to land in Green Bay until noon on Friday, so that wasn’t going to be feasible for the group.
“There was kind of a pause and he said, ‘I’m sorry. I probably should have clarified. This is from 12 p.m. to 3 a.m., no noon to 3 p.m.’,” Johnson said.
Now he spoke the language of the Glam Band.
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So between the ears of Mickey Mouse and the roller coaster, Johnson, who goes by Skitch Rockett on stage, came into contact with the rest of the band – Dennis Peters (as Dennis Lee Roth), Matt Hammen (as Matt Savage), Chris Larson (as Randi Schenker), Will Ricketts (as Will E. Stradlyn), and Dave Schepp (Dee Flatt) — and asked if they were ready for a midnight show and worked out the details.
Friday was the first of consecutive nights in Green Bay on Church’s The Gather Again tour – one of two towns on the 55-city trek to have two nights. A rare on-road opportunity to stay in the same city, and not have to rush back on tour buses and load up the stage, allows tours to sometimes plan special after-hours events to unwind or thank the crew.
In 2019, when Church spent two nights at the Resch Center for the last time, his tour hired a local food truck Taste of Ethiopia to set up behind the arena and feed the band, truck drivers and crew. .
The Glam Band played an hour-long set as people enjoyed drinks and food. Several members of Church’s band, including singer Joanna Cotten, spoke with the guys from Glam and their production team during the break. There were around 100 people by the time the band started their second set.
The guys on stage could see someone standing near the soundboards, but with the lights in their eyes, they couldn’t quite make out who it was. High. No sunglasses. No cap.
“We found out afterwards that it was Eric because as soon as we were done he came up to us and shook hands with all of us and was just super genuine and super personable,” Johnson said.
“We try not to be starstruck because we’ve been able to meet some nice people over the years, but everything you read and hear about him is 100% accurate. Firstly, he didn’t need to come to us. He’s fucking Eric Church. But he came and he wanted to talk to everyone. He was genuine. It wasn’t a fake handshake and a smile.
He spoke with the group for a few minutes and was happy to take a photo, Johnson said.
The Glam Band left Lambeau around 4:30 a.m. Saturday, and its production team even later. On Saturday, they did it all again for a St. Patrick’s Day party at Maloney’s in Kaukauna. They were a little tired but “a little tired,” Johnson said. If Church could pour it out for three hours to sold-out crowds on consecutive nights, they might be up to the task, too.
When Johnson posted the photo with Church on The Glam Band’s Facebook page on Saturday, her phone exploded with a lot of “How did this happen?!” The band and crew hadn’t said a word to anyone before. It wasn’t their news to share, Johnson said.
“The amount of buzz on our social media has exploded. That’s all people were asking for on Saturday night.
If Church wants The Glam Band to come and play in whatever city he’s in, they’ll be happy to oblige. Have zebra print stage mats, go travel.
“One of the craziest shows we’ve ever done,” Johnson said. “He’s a really nice guy. I don’t know how else to put it. He was just really cool.