After last-minute cancellations this past weekend at the Centurylink Center in Bossier City, Louisiana with Stoney LaRue on Friday October 26th, and an appearance in Corpus Christi, Texas at the Concrete Street Amphitheater on October 27th, the Turnpike Troubadours have announced they’re putting their current tour on hold until November 29th as one of the members of the band deals with personal issues.
After no explanation or even notification for the two abrupt cancellations, the band posted a statement on Tuesday afternoon (10-30):
First and foremost, you are the reason we get to do what we do every single day, and we want you to know how much that means to us. There have been many discussions on what to say publicly, and it is our unanimous opinion that our fans and our family, and there is not need to sugarcoat anything. Living this life on the road has so many ups, but, like in all life situations, there are also battles and struggles with which you learn to deal. The one core thing our band has always had is a tight family unit. The love we share with our entire team: our band members, road crew, business team and fan base feels very much like family. When one of us is down, we are all there to lift them up and help them down the road. Right now, we have a situation that needs our complete attention. For the time being, we need to put our tour on hold through November 29th, and make sure our family member is able to address something much more important than our ability to perform live.
We do NOT take this incredible blessing of playing our music for our fans all over the world for granted. As much as we would all love to keep touring, we love our family member more and need to be there to make sure he is able to conquer the issues with which he is struggling. He has our support 100% and we will be here to walk beside him and carry him if needed, no matter the outcome. We love all of you from the bottom of our heart and hope to get back to doing what we all love, which is making and performing our music for you – Our extended family – as soon as possible. As good friends always say, “family first,” and we have to be there to make sure that this family is taken care of before getting back to business. Thank you for understanding, and we are so thankful for the support you have shown us and continue to show us while we take some time to heal.
The most recent cancellations came after a string other cancellations by the Turnpike Troubadours due to frontman Evan Felker suffering from kidney stones, and another undisclosed personal issue involving a member of the band. However the band made a triumphant return at the Medicine Stone festival in late September, and have played other shows since without issue.
The dates affected by the cancellations are:
- 11-1 – The Athenaeum Theatre – Columbus, OH
- 11-2 – St. ANdrews Hall – Detoit, MI
- 11-3 – Deluxe at Old National Centre – Indianapolis, IN
- 11-8 – The Mill & Mine – Knoxville, TN
- 11-9 – The Fillmore – Charlotte, NC
- 11-10 – Suck Bang Blow – Murrells Inlet, SC
- 11-14 – Monarch Music Hall – Peoria, IL
- 11-15 – Varsity Theater – Minneapolis, MN
- 11-16 – House of Blues – Chicago, IL
- 11-17 – The Pageant – St. Louis, MO
- 11-23 – Billy Bob’s – Ft. Worth, TX
- 11-24 – House of Blues – Houston, TX
The Turnpike Troubadours’ two-night stint at ACL Live in Austin November 30 and December 1st is still on for the moment, as is their appearances at Cain’s Ballroom in Tulsa on New Years Eve, their appearance at Music Fest in January 2019 in Colorado, and their appearance at Mile 0 Fest in Key West, Florida in late January, early February 2019. All other posted dates are still scheduled as of this moment.