Lead singer's illness forces Alabama to cancel Saturday concert in Bristol

Johnson City Press • Updated Jul 25, 2019 at 9:45 PM

BRISTOL — Its lead singer’s illness has forced Alabama to postpone its concert scheduled Saturday at the Thunder Valley Amphitheatre at Bristol Dragway, Bristol Motor Speedway’s communications department announced Thursday night.

“Unfortunately, the group Alabama has to announce the postponement of this weekend’s concerts in Columbus, Georgia and Bristol, Tennessee,” Tony Conway of Conway Entertainment Group said. “Randy Owen has been advised by doctors that he cannot perform this weekend as he continues treatment for vertigo and migraines. We apologize for any inconvenience for those that have tickets to these shows, but wish to reassure fans that ALABAMA is trying to reschedule these shows as soon as possible.”

According to the release from the speedway, all tickets purchased through the Thunder Valley Amphitheatre and Ticketmaster will be honored on the rescheduled date. If the ticketholder is unable to attend on the rescheduled night, they can contact their point of purchase for a refund.

“We were anticipating an incredible night of music under the lights, but we can’t argue with doctor’s orders, so we wish Randy Owen a speedy recovery,” Jerry Caldwell, executive vice president and general manager of the Thunder Valley Amphitheatre, said. “Thank you to all of those who made the Thunder Valley Amphitheatre’s inaugural concert a sellout. While this is disappointing, we remain committed to bringing great entertainment to this region.”

In addition to the popular country group, which was celebrating its 50th year in music with the tour, the concert was going to include singer John Michael Montgomery.