Dates were scheduled through Nov 2019
Alabama has been forced to postpone the rest of the 2019 dates on their 50th Anniversary Tour due to frontman Randy Owen’s health. The news comes following the group postponing several weekends of dates over the past couple of months, citing Owen suffering from migraines and vertigo. Bassist Teddy Gentry shared the news via social media Wednesday afternoon (Aug 21st).
“Fans and friends, unfortunately, we have to postpone the remainder of the 50th Anniversary Tour due to Randy’s ongoing complications with cluster migraines and vertigo,” he shares. “We truly hoped to continue this record-breaking 50-city tour, however, doctors have advised more time is needed for Randy to fully recover. Rescheduled dates will be announced in the coming weeks. Our fans are everything to us so we wanted to be the ones to tell you and hope you understand.”
He continues, “The 50th Anniversary Tour has been very special to us. The support of the fans and their energy at all of our shows has led to some of the most fun we’ve ever had onstage. As disappointed as myself, Randy, and Jeff are to have to postpone this tour for all of our incredible fans, we know that Randy’s recovery is what is most important for everyone at this time. We would like to thank our fans, promoters, and venues and we look forward to seeing you all soon.”
Rescheduled stops include Grand Rapids, Detroit, Savannah, Tallahassee, Indianapolis and a pair of dates in Nashville, among others. Dates were scheduled through late November with The Charlie Daniels Band, The Marshall Tucker Band, The Beach Boys, John Anderson, Restless Heart, Exile, John Michael Montgomery, Scotty McCreery and The Beach Boys joining on select dates.
In 1969, a trio of young musical cousins from Fort Payne, Alabama journeyed to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina to play their music at a bar called The Bowery. It took Owen, bass player Teddy Gentry, and guitarist Jeff Cook, several years of word-of-mouth and tip jars to earn the major label deal of which they’d been dreaming.
Alabama would go on to change the face of country music. Winning more than 200 industry awards, the Country Music Hall of Fame band is the most celebrated group in country music history.
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