Alabama announces 50th anniversary tour
Monday, December 17, 2018
– Alabama will celebrate five decades of music next year with its "50th Anniversary Tour."
The band announced almost 30 concerts with more to come, starting Jan. 10 in Detroit.
"We never thought playing for tips at The Bowery in Myrtle Beach, S.C., that 50 years later we would still playing arenas, stadiums and festivals," said singer Randy Owen. "Teddy, Jeff and I are humbled at the amount of fans that are coming out to see us. We are finding out that we are playing to three generations of fans who have followed us and our music from day one. The fans are the ones responsible for our continued success on the road and we love them."
In 1969, a trio of young musical cousins from Fort Payne, Ala. journeyed to Myrtle Beach, S.C. 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.
The Charlie Daniels Band, The Marshall Tucker Band, The Oak Ridge Boys, Restless Heart, Chris Janson, Tracy Lawrence and Exile will open shows.
"Randy, Teddy and I have loved making music, touring and being with our fans night after night," said Cook. "It's truly an experience that has created a bond between us and them that cannot be broken. The '50th Anniversary Tour' will be full of surprises and great memories."
Gentry said, "The group Alabama has become 'America's Country Band,' we are told. We are proud to have been performing, writing songs and recording for 50 years. Come celebrate the music with us on our '50th Anniversary Tour' in 2019. Each show will be a night to remember for us. We'll be there to thank our loyal legions of fans for supporting three boys from Fort Payne, Ala. through thick and thin."
Tour dates are:
Jan.10 - Detroit, MI - The Fox Theatre (w/ Chris Janson)
Jan.11 - Indianapolis, IN - Bankers Life Fieldhouse (w/ Restless Heart)
Jan.19 - Atlantic City, NJ - Hard Rock Live at Etess Arena
Jan.20 - Albany, NY - Times Union Center (w/ Exile)
Feb. 14 - San Antonio, TX - San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo
Feb. 15 - New Orleans, LA - Smoothie King Center (w/ Tracy Lawrence)
Feb. 28 - Plant City, FL - Florida Strawberry Festival
March 1 - St. Augustine, FL - The St. Augustine Amphitheatre
March 14 - Salem, VA - Salem Civic Center (w/ The Oak Ridge Boys)
March 15 - Pittsburgh, PA - PPG Paints Arena (w/ Tracy Lawrence)
March 22 - Springfield, MO - JQH Arena (w/ The Charlie Daniels Band)
March 23 - North Little Rock, AR - Verizon Arena (w/ The Charlie Daniels Band)
April 5 - Greensboro, NC - Greensboro Coliseum (w/ The Charlie Daniels Band)
April 6 - Charlottesville, VA - John Paul Jones Arena (w/ The Charlie Daniels Band)
April 12 - Wilkes-Barre, PA - Mohegan Sun Arena (w/ The Charlie Daniels Band)
April 13 - Hartford, CT - XL Center (w/ The Charlie Daniels Band)
April 26 - Providence, RI - Dunkin' Donuts Center (w/ The Charlie Daniels Band)
April 27 - State College, PA - Bryce Jordan Center (w/ The Charlie Daniels Band)
May 31 - Cedar Rapids, IA - U.S. Cellular Center
June 1 - La Cygne, KS - Tumbleweed
June 6 - Myrtle Beach, SC - Carolina Country Music Festival
June 7 - Macon, GA - Macon Centreplex Coliseum (w/ The Marshall Tucker Band)
June 13 -16 - Grand Junction, CO - Country Jam (performance date TBA)
June 15 - Salt Lake City, UT - Maverik Center
June 26 - Minneapolis, MN - Target Center (w/ The Charlie Daniels Band)
June 27 - Oshkosh, WI - Country USA
Sept. 14 - Peoria, IL - Tailgate N' Tallboys
Additional dates will be announced soon.
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