Alan Jackson has issued a statement after being forced to postpone the final two shows of his Last Call: One More For The Road Tour.
According to his official website, the 2022 CMT Artist Of A Lifetime honoree is currently battling “health issues” related to Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease, a genetic condition that causes nerve damage and affects Jackson’s ability to walk and keep his balance. The “Chattahoochee” singer was diagnosed with the disease over a decade ago.
The affected tour dates include his concert at Jim Whelan Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey on Friday (Oct. 7) and his show at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on Saturday (Oct. 8).
The Country Music Hall of Famer shared the following statement for the pair of shows via his official website.
“I hoped I’d be able to be there; I hate to disappoint my fans,” Jackson said. “I tried as much as I could to play this show at this time.”
The concert organizers plan to reschedule the show, but a new date has yet to be announced. All tickets for the concert will be honored at the rescheduled date and additional information will be sent to ticket holders via email at a later date.
Jackson was in the midst of his Last Call: One More For The Road Tour. The trek, which was presented by Jackson’s own Silverbelly Whiskey, kicked off on Friday, June 24 at Mississippi Coast Coliseum in Biloxi, Mississippi and was set to wrap up this weekend.
The tour marked Jackson’s first major tour since revealing he was diagnosed with Charcot-Marie-Tooth (CMT) disorder in the fall of 2021.
“I’ve always admired my heroes like George Jones, Merle Haggard, Loretta Lynn and Charley Pride who just played as much as they wanted to, as long as they could,” Jackson previously shared. “I’ve always thought I’d like to do that, and I’d like to as long as my health will allow,” he notes, adding with a smile, “I’ll try to do as much as I can, but if I’m comin’ your way, come see me…”
The Last Call: One More for the Road Tour featured 30 dates, including stops in several cities that the three-time CMA Entertainer of the Year hasn’t visited in years.
The country icon donated $1 for every ticket sold to the CMT Research Foundation. In addition, $1 was matched by a generous group of CMTRF donors and board members.
Jackson recently announced his new Silverbelly Whiskey, which gets its namesake from the country icon’s signature cowboy hat (while many believe the hat is white, it’s actually a color called Silverbelly) and is a new premium spirit distilled exclusively for – and hand-selected by – Jackson himself.
The country superstar will soon become a first-time grandfather as his youngest daughter, Alexandra “Ali” Jane Jackson Bradshaw, is expecting her first child.
Jackson shared his excitement over the news via social media in late July.
“Our baby is having a baby. Denise and I can’t wait to meet our first grandson in December! – AJ” Jackson captioned the post alongside the hashtag, #YoullAlwaysBeMyBaby, which is the name of the song he wrote about his daughter.
The Georgia native currently has no other scheduled tour dates on his calendar.
Next week, Alan Jackson is slated to be honored as the “Artist of a Lifetime” at the 2022 CMT Artists of the Year event.
The show will premiere on CMT on Friday, October 14 at 9/8c.