Alabama Announce 50th Anniversary Tour; 27 North American Dates Kick Off In January

– Alabama
Alabama announced Monday that they’ll hit the road in 2019 for a 50th anniversary tour. The seminal country group shared 27 dates for the next year, and promised to announce more bookings in the coming weeks and months.
Though Alabama released their debut album in 1976, the tour harkens back to their formation in 1969. The band formed, naturally, in Alabama that year, and relocated to South Carolina in the early ’70s.
“We never thought playing for tips at The Bowery in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, that 50 years later we would still playing arenas, stadiums and festivals,” frontman Randy Owen said in a statement. “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.”
Guitarist Jeff Cook said the tour “will be full of surprises and great memories,” and bassist Teddy Gentry assured that “each show will be a night to remember for us.”
For now, the tour kicks off Jan. 10 at Detroit’s Fox Theatre and concludes Sept. 14 at the Tailgate N’ Tallboys festival in Peoria, Illinois. In the intervening months, Alabama will hit major cities including New Orleans, Minneapolis and Pittsburgh while visiting smaller metropolitan areas in Kansas, Arkansas and more.
A diverse slate of openers for the 50th anniversary tour includes Chris Janson, the Charlie Daniels Band, the Marshall Tucker Band, Tracy Lawrence, Exile, the Oak Ridge Boys and Restless Heart.
Alabama stands as one of the most commercially successful groups of all-time, selling 46.5 million certified units, according to the RIAA. Fifteen of their studio albums have gone platinum, with several going multi-platinum. They’ve accumulated 15 American of Country Music awards, 18 American Music Awards and two Grammys.
And they remain a significant box office draw. In 2018, Alabama grossed $8.7 million, placing them on Pollstar‘s Year End Top 200 North American Tours chart. That included a three-night stand at Atlanta’s Fox Theatre, with the Charlie Daniels Band providing support, that sold 13,081 tickets for a gross of $991,925.
Check out the first wave of dates for Alabama’s 50th anniversary tour below.
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