Alan Jackson will no longer perform at CMA Fest 2022

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Alan Jackson will no longer perform at CMA Fest 2022

Sad news for Alan Jackson fans, the country music star is no longer part of the CMA Fest 2022 cast.

The CMA announced the news on Friday (June 3) in a press release that didn’t provide further details on why Jackson can no longer play the event. It was previously slated to be part of the festival’s star-studded nightly concerts at Nashville’s Nissan Stadium alongside Jason Aldean, Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban, Darius Rucker and Kelsea Ballerini, among others. Brothers Osborne and Old Dominion have now been added to this year’s headlining roster, filling Jackson’s empty time slot.

The unexpected cancellation comes just days before CMA Fest kicks off on June 9 and three weeks before Jackson is scheduled to kick off his 2022 Last Call: One More for the Road Tour. Although the 16-day trek was not officially advertised as a farewell tour, it will likely be one of the last opportunities to see Jackson live.

In 2021, the 63-year-old hitmaker announced he had been diagnosed with CMT (Charcot-Marie-Tooth), a chronic neuropathy that causes nerve damage and affects muscle function, movement and balance. In conversation with The Today ShowJackson noted that the effects of the condition have made performing increasingly difficult.

“I have this neuropathy and neurological condition,” Jackson explained. “It’s genetic, I inherited it from my father… There’s no cure for it, but it’s been affecting me for years. And it’s becoming more and more obvious. And I know I’m stumbling around on stage. And now I’m having a bit of trouble balancing, even in front of the mic, and that’s why I’m just really uncomfortable.”

Although Jackson has been open about his health condition, he has also expressed his determination to perform for fans for as long as possible.

“I’ve always admired my heroes like George Jones, Merle Haggard, Loretta Lynn and Charley Pride, who just played as much as they wanted while they could,” Jackson noted in a statement earlier this year. “I’ve always thought that’s what I’d love to do, and I’d love to do it as long as my health allows. I’ll try to do as much as I can, but if I come your way, come see me.”

Alan Jackson’s 2022 One More for the Road Tour Dates:

June 24 – Biloxi, Mississippi @ Mississippi Coast Coliseum
June 25 – Knoxville, Tennessee @ Thompson-Boling Arena
July 29 – St. Paul, Minnesota @ Xcel Energy Center
July 30 – Grand Forks, ND @ Alerus Center
August 12 – Savannah, Georgia @ Enmarket Arena
August 13 – Greenville, SC @ Bon Secours Wellness Arena
August 26 – Lincoln, Neb. @ Pinnacle Bank Arena
Aug. 27 – Kansas City, Mo. @ T-Mobile Center
Sept. 9 – Lexington, Ky. @ Rupp Arena
September 10 – Greensboro, NC @ Greensboro Coliseum
Sep 16 – Austin, TX @ Moody Center
September 17 – Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Center
September 30 – Glendale, Arizona @ Gila River Arena
October 1 – Anaheim, California @ Honda Center
October 7th – Atlantic City, NJ @ Jim Whelan Boardwalk Hall
Oct. 8 – Pittsburgh, Penn. @ PPG Paints Arena

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After selling their spectacular southern mansion in 2010, Alan Jackson and his wife moved into what could be an even more impressive mansion, if that’s even possible. Her 22,012-square-foot, 5-bedroom, 8-bathroom, 22,012-square-foot estate in the same Nashville suburb of Franklin features bedrooms that are all well-appointed suites, while the formal dining and living areas are finished with ornate arches, oversized windows, and intricate woodwork . The residence also includes a bar, media room and multiple indoor and outdoor fireplaces. It sold for $19 million in March 2021.

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