Wynonna Judd Plans To Continue 2022 ‘The Final Tour’ In Honor Of Her Late Mother: ‘The Show Must Go On’

by Tiffany Goldstein

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Wynonna Judd, of iconic country duo The Judds, is set to continue the 2022 Finals Tour in honor of late mother and partner Naomi Judd.

The award-winning singer confirmed the upcoming 10-date arena run Sunday, May 15 live from the Ryman Auditorium during the “NAOMI JUDD: A RIVER OF TIME CELEBRATION.” During the public memorial service presented by CMT and Sandbox Live, Wynonna said she would persevere for the fans and her mother.

“I will keep singing,” Wynonna said confidently. “I’ve made a decision, and I’ve decided to share it on national television. After careful consideration, I’m going to have to honor him and do this tour because that’s what you would want,” he said. she added pointing to the audience.

Wynonna continued, “Bono once said to me, ‘give them what they [the fans] want… not what you want.’ Plus, there’s 25 hundred roses here. So tonight, as we wrap up, I say, “the show must go on.” As difficult as it may be, we will show up together. You’ll carry me, like you carried me for 38 years one more time because honestly, I didn’t think I had to. I didn’t know if I could go on without her…oh my God. Life is so strange. It’s so beautiful what happened here tonight. We’ll keep this show going – that’s what she would want, right?

The Judds originally announced their triumphant return to the road in early April, before Naomi Judd made her final appearance in the public eye at the CMT Music Awards. The final tour would have marked the mother-daughter duo’s first national hike together in over a decade.

The 76-year-old country phenom passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, April 30, after losing his battle with mental illness. A day after his death, The Judds made history as the first all-female band to be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

To celebrate Naomi’s legacy and the significant mark she left on the country music genre, Wynonna will launch the tribute tour in September. The resilient singer-songwriter will perform his greatest hits such as “Grandpa (Tell Me ‘Bout the Good Ole Days)”, “Mama He’s Crazy”, “Love Can Build a Bridge”, “Why Not Me”, and more of their impressive repertoire. Wynonna’s solo trek will conclude in October at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville.

The duo dominated the scene together in the 80s with 20 Top 10 hits and 15 No. 1 singles. Their stripped-down sound and distinct harmonies changed the dynamics of the genre. Together, the trailblazers blazed a trail for women in the country and garnered a devoted fanbase.

“What I look forward to most is celebrating Judd’s music with the fans. Mom and I have had quite the journey over the past 38 years, and the fans have been with us through it all. This tour is a party for them!” Wynonna shared in a statement.

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THE FINAL DATES OF THE 2022 TOUR:
September 30 Van Andel Arena – Grand Rapids, Michigan.
October 1 Huntington Center – Toledo, Ohio
October 7 Denny Sanford Premier Center – Sioux Falls, SD
October 8 Resch Center – Green Bay, Wisc.
October 14 Gas South Arena – Duluth, Ga.
October 15 Propst Arena at the Von Braun Center – Huntsville, Ala.
October 21 Choctaw Grand Theater – Durant, Okla.
October 22 Dickies Arena – Fort Worth, Texas
October 27 Mississippi Coast Coliseum – Biloxi, Miss.
October 28 Bridgestone Arena – Nashville, Tenn.

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