Alabama To Resume 50th Anniversary Tour This Week
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Alabama’s Randy Owen (left) and Teddy Gentry (right) perform at New Orleans’ Smoothie King Center in February 2019 as part of the band’s 50th anniversary tour, which resumes later this week after a pandemic-induced break.
Seminal Southern rockers Alabama will return to the road later this week as the band resumes its anticipated 50th anniversary tour, which was rescheduled due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The trek begins with two shows at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on July 2 and 3 – the first full-capacity concerts there since the start of the pandemic – supported by Martina McBride.
Subsequently, Alabama will play 19 dates between July 23 and Dec. 5. Highlights include Charlotte’s Spectrum Center (Aug. 13), Pittsburgh’s PPG Paints Arena (Sept. 25) and Tulsa’s BOK Center (Oct. 23).
The band also has four dates on the books for January and February 2022, beginning with a play at Indianpolis’ Bankers Life Fieldhouse (Jan. 15) and ending with a show at Wichita’s Intrust Bank Arena (Feb. 12). According to a press release, more dates will be added to the itinerary.
Support acts for Alabama’s upcoming dates include The Marshall Tucker Band, Travis Tritt, The Beach Boys, America and Tracy Lawrence.
“We are very thankful that we can play our music for our loyal fans of the past 50 years and introduce our songs to a new 3rd and 4th generation of new fans,” said lead singer Randy Owen. “We have rehearsed an all-new show that we are having fun performing, but you never know, we might even take requests from time to time. There’s nothing like the roar of the crowd, and we can’t wait to get back on the road.”
Bassist and vocalist Teddy Gentry added, “We wanted to bring along some special friends to join us on tour each night. From The Marshall Tucker Band to Travis Tritt and Martina McBride to The Beach Boys, what a party we are going to have. I can’t tell you how ready we are to see and play for you.”
Alabama appeared on Pollstar‘s cover in July 2019, as it embarked its 50th anniversary celebration.
“To walk onstage now is kind of wonderful,” Gentry told Pollstar for that story. “Especially seeing all kinds of ages out there. Some of them weren’t born when the songs were happening, and it drives me. I still wanna get up there and kick their butts! I don’t wanna just play the hits, I want every show to be the best one we’ve ever played.”
Early highlights from the 2019 leg of the band’s 50th anniversary tour included an April 5 concert at Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, N.C., where the band sold 13,161 tickets and grossed $1.02 million, and a May 10 gig at Bon Secours Wellness Arena in Greenville, S.C., where the band sold 10,598 tickets and grossed $843,392. Both dates were supported by The Charlie Daniels Band.
Tickets for Alabama’s upcoming dates are on tour now. Previously purchased tickets for rescheduled dates will be honored, and fans unable to attend may request refunds.
Find the band’s upcoming tour dates below.