Alabama are putting the brakes on their 50th anniversary due to the lingering health issues of the country-rock band’s lead singer Randy Owen.
According to Billboard, the band have been forced to postpone the remaining dates on their 50th-anniversary tour because of what’s described as the 69-year-old musician’s “ongoing complications with cluster migraines and vertigo.”
The group issued a statement on Wednesday to reveal that Owen’s doctors advised him to recover.
“The ’50th Anniversary Tour’ has been very special to us. The support of the fans and their energy at all of our shows has led to some of the most fun we’ve ever had onstage,” said bass player/vocalist Teddy Gentry in the release. “As disappointed as myself, Randy, and Jeff are to have to postpone this tour for all of our incredible fans, we know that Randy’s recovery is what is most important for everyone at this time. We would like to thank our fans, promoters, and venues and we look forward to seeing you all soon.”
The band launched their 50th-anniversary tour in January, more than a year after founding member Jeff Cook revealed he had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, and in May announced plans to add an additional 29 dates.
Information on when the remaining tour dates will be rescheduled will be announced soon.