This story has been updated.
After rumor and speculation ran rampant for nearly 36 hours about why Chris Stapleton had suddenly decided to postpone eight shows and cancel his appearance at the upcoming CMA Fest in Nashville without any explanation, the award-winning singer and songwriter finally addressed the issue on Thursday (6-1) night via a post on social media, citing a broken finger along with other hand ailments as the need to postpone shows.
“First of all, I want to thank you for all of the positive thoughts and kind words you have shared over the last few days. So many of you have been inconvenienced and I’m grateful for your patience and graciousness,” Stapleton said. “After seeing a specialist, I have some information to share. I’m on the road to recovery from a broken bone & a detached tendon in my right index finger. The doctor is hopeful that with some physical therapy I will be playing guitar again soon.”
Why an explanation wasn’t given in the original announcement of postponements wasn’t addressed specifically in Stapleton’s statement, but Stapleton’s publicist is saying they wanted to speak to a specialist before making the announcement to the cause of the delayed dates. We also don’t have an explanation of how Stapleton was injured. Stapleton did explain why the thought he couldn’t make the dates while delegating guitar duties to someone else.
“Right now, I can’t possibly give you guys the show you deserve,” Stapleton explained. “I always want to give you my very best. There is little in this world that I enjoy more than getting to make music with all of you night after night. Thank you for the privilege. Your support and understanding through all of this lets me know now, more than ever, I have the best fans in the world.”
Shows in California scheduled to start Thursday evening in Fresno, in Mississippi and Alabama next weekend, as well as a round of shows in two weeks in West Virginia, Ohio, and Indiana will all be rescheduled. See the full list of dates below.
June 1 – Fresno, CA – Save Mart Center
June 2 – Mt. View, CA – Shoreline Amphitheatre
June 3 – Wheatland, CA – Toyota Amphitheatre
June 9 – Southaven, MS – Bankplus Amphitheater at Snowden Grove
June 10 – Birmingham, AL – Oak Mountain Amphitheatre
June 11 – Nashville, TN – CMA Fan Fest – CANCELLED
June 15 – Charleston, WV – Charleston Civic Center
June 16 – Cincinnati, OH – Riverbend Music Center
June 17 – Noblesville, IN – Klipsch Music Center
Rescheduled tour dates have just been announced:
August 31 – Fresno, California – Save Mart Center
September 1 – Mt. View, California – Shoreline Amphitheatre
September 2 – Wheatland, California – Toyota Amphitheatre
September 8 – Cincinnati, Ohio – Riverbend Music Center
September 9 – Noblesville, Indiana – Klipsch Music Center
September 15 – Southaven, Mississippi – Bankplus Amphitheater at Snowden Grove
September 16 – Birmingham, Alabama – Oak Mountain Amphitheatre
November 2 – Charleston, West Virginia – Charleston Civic Center