Tim McGraw Fulfills Lifelong Dream with Alabama in Nashville
McGraw says he will never forget this special moment with Alabama.
Alabama, Tim McGraw; Photo Courtesy Rick Diamond
Country superstar Tim McGraw has had the opportunity to share the stage with many iconic artists throughout the years, but nothing was more special than the moment he got to step on stage with country supergroup Alabama in Nashville on Saturday evening (July 3).
McGraw attended the second show of Alabama’s two-night run in Music City, which marked the group’s first arena performance in Nashville in nearly two decades. Surprisingly, this was his first time seeing the legendary country group live even though he’s been a longtime fan.
“It’s been 482 days since they’ve had a show at Bridgestone Arena, and it’s Alabama,” McGraw shares in a clip on social media. “And I’m here… I’ve never seen Alabama live. I know every song off of every album, I could probably do the whole show.”
With a huge smile on his face, McGraw continues and says, “I’m getting to go on stage with them tonight this is the first time I’ve ever seen them in concert and I get to go on stage.”
The clip goes on to show video from his time on stage with Alabama as they sing the 1983 hit, “Lady Down On Love” together.
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“Alabama has been one of my favorite bands for as long as I remember…. Finally got to see them for the first time last night on their 50th Anniversary Tour,” McGraw captioned the video. “Thanx for letting me sing “Lady Down on Love” with you boys!! I remember this song going #1 when I was in high school….full circle moment I’ll never forget.”
Alabama’s 50th Anniversary Tour consists of nearly 30 arena and amphitheater dates running throughout 2021 and into early 2022. Special guests on the tour include Martina McBride, Tracy Lawrence, The Beach Boys, Jake Hoot and more.
“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,” says 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.”
“This tour, that we are blessed to have, has the most amazing group of musicians and vocalists that we have ever had on the road,” adds bass player and vocalist Teddy Gentry. “In addition, 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.”
Tickets for the tour can be purchased via Alabama’s official website.
Alabama’s 50th Anniversary Tour:
July 23 – Wilkes-Barre, PA – Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza (w/ Tracy Lawrence)
July 24 – Salisbury, MD – Wicomico Youth & Civic Center (w/ Tracy Lawrence)
July 25 – York, PA – York State Fair (w/ Jake Hoot)
Aug 6 – Orange Beach, AL – The Wharf Amphitheater (w/ Martina McBride)
Aug 7 – Pelham, AL – Oak Mountain Amphitheatre (w/ The Marshall Tucker Band)
Aug 13 – Charlotte, NC – Spectrum Center (w/ Martina McBride)
Aug 14 – Bristol, TN – Thunder Valley Amphitheatre (w/ America)
Aug 27 – Madison, WI – Coliseum at Alliant Energy Center (w/ Travis Tritt)
Aug 28 – Grand Rapids, MI – Van Andel Arena (w/ The Frontmen of Country: Richie McDonald formerly of Lonestar, Tim Rushlow formerly of Little Texas & Larry Stewart of Restless Heart)
Sept 4 – Stateline, NV – Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena at Harveys
Sept 5 – Laughlin, NV – Rio Vista Outdoor Amphitheater at Harrah’s
Sept 16 – Lincoln, NE – Pinnacle Bank Arena (w/ The Marshall Tucker Band)
Sept 17 – Oklahoma City, OK – Chesapeake Energy Arena (w/ The Marshall Tucker Band)
Sept 25 – Pittsburgh, PA – PPG Paints Arena
Oct 7 – Raleigh, NC – PNC Arena (w/ Tracy Lawrence)
Oct 8 – North Charleston, SC – North Charleston Coliseum (w/ Sara Evans)
Oct 22 – Forth Worth, TX – Dickies Arena (w/ Grits & Glamour: Lorrie Morgan & Pam Tillis)
Oct 23 – Tulsa, OK – BOK Center (w/ Grits & Glamour: Lorrie Morgan & Pam Tillis)
Dec 5 – Savannah, GA – Savannah Civic Center (w/ The Marshall Tucker Band)
Jan 15 – Indianapolis, IN – Bankers Life Fieldhouse (w/ Martina McBride)
Jan 21 – Columbia, SC – Colonial Life Arena (w/ Martina McBride)
Jan 22 – Tallahassee, FL – Donald L. Tucker Civic Center (w/ The Marshall Tucker Band)
Feb 12 – Wichita, KS – Intrust Bank Arena (w/ The Beach Boys)
*More dates to be announced
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