UPDATED: Legendary country music group Alabama is postponing the rest of its 50th Anniversary Tour, including a September stop in Bristol, due to the lead singer’s ongoing health complications.
The band, which features Jeff Cook, Teddy Gentry and singer Randy Owen, was originally scheduled to appear at the new Thunder Valley Amphitheatre at Bristol Motor Speedway on July 27 with John Michael Montgomery. Owen’s health issues, including cluster migraines and vertigo, led the group to postpone the event until Sept. 6.
On Wednesday, however, the band announced it is postponing the remainder of its tour until 2020.
“We are saddened to hear about Randy Owen’s ongoing health issues that have unfortunately led to the postponement of their 50th Anniversary Tour,” said BMS General Manager Jerry Caldwell. “We continue to work with Alabama’s team on a rescheduled date for next year at the Thunder Valley Amphitheatre.”
The group hoped to continue its record-breaking 50-city tour. However, doctors have advised more time is needed for Owen to fully recover, according to a news release from Alabama.
“The 50th Anniversary Tour has been very special to us,” said bass player and vocalist Teddy Gentry. “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.”
Gentry said Owen’s “recovery is what is most important for everyone at this time.”
Rescheduled dates for the tour are expected to be announced in the coming weeks, Alabama said.
The band was set to become the first to perform at the Thunder Valley Amphitheatre, a new music venue established at the Bristol Dragway. Officials at BMS have said they hope to host additional concerts at Thunder Valley in the future.
When asked Wednesday whether another band will be scheduled for the new venue, BMS spokesman Chris Lawyer said “not at this time.”
BRISTOL, Tenn. -- Alabama fans will have to wait until 2020 to see the band perform in the Twin City.
Bristol Motor Speedway issued a statement Wednesday afternoon stating the band has postponed their concert date at the Thunder Valley Amphitheatre after doctors have advised more time is needed for lead singer Randy Owen to recover from ongoing complications from cluster migraines and vertigo.
“We are saddened to hear about Randy Owen’s on-going health issues that have unfortunately led to the postponement of their 50th Anniversary Tour," the release states. "We continue to work with ALABAMA’s team on a rescheduled date for next year at the Thunder Valley Amphitheatre. No further information is available at this time. We apologize for any inconvenience.”
Rescheduled dates for the tour will be announced in the coming weeks.
"The '50th Anniversary Tour' has been very special to us," Alabama bass player and vocalist Teddy Gentry said. "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."