Wynonna, one half of legendary country duo The Judds, has chosen to honor her late mother and musical partner’s legacy by inviting some of music’s biggest stars to join her on stage to perform some of the timeless hits that earned The Judds multiple Grammy, CMA, and ACM awards over a span of nearly four decades.
“I am humbled, once again, by the loyalty of the fans who have been with us for 38+ years, who continue to show up for me when I need them the most,” Wynonna shared. ”I am grateful that we will continue to honor The Judds’ legacy, together.”
Larry Strickland, Naomi’s longtime husband, added that he is “so happy that in this time of grief for us all, Wynonna has agreed to move forward with this tour as my sweet wife Naomi would have wanted her to do.”
The 11-date arena tour kicks off on September 30 in Grand Rapids, MI, at Van Andel Arena and will continue through October, where the trek will wrap up in The Judds’ home-state of Kentucky at Rupp Arena on October 29.
The star-studded trek, produced by Sandbox Live and Live Nation, will feature different special guests each night, including Brandi Carlile, Little Big Town, Martina McBride, Ashley McBryde, Trisha Yearwood, and others to be announced.
Country superstar Faith Hill will also join Wynonna on stage at the newly-added homecoming concert on October 29 in Lexington, Kentucky at Rupp Arena, which will mark the final tour date. Hill will perform some of The Judds’ classic songs and honor one of Country music’s most important catalogues.
“What a full-circle moment it will be to end the tour in Kentucky where it all began. It means so much to have my sisterfriend, Faith, join me for this musical celebration.” Wynonna said. “It is pretty amazing – all of the people who have come forward to offer up their time and their gifts. I am feeling extra grateful.”
Martina McBride will serve as support on select dates of the tour, kicking off each show with a full concert that will include her own classic hits.
The news comes after the life of Naomi Judd was celebrated with at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium on Sunday with Naomi Judd: A River Of Time Celebration. The event served as a tribute to the life and legacy of Naomi Judd and featured performances, special messages and more from Ashley McBryde, Bette Midler, Bono, Brad Paisley, Brandi Carlile, Carly Pearce, Emmylou Harris & Allison Russell, Gaither Vocal Band, Jamey Johnson, Little Big Town, Martina McBride, Morgan Freeman, Oprah Winfrey, Reba McEntire, Reese Witherspoon, Salma Hayek, among others.
The special aired on CMT and was the network’s highest-rated musical special in two years.
Naomi passed away on April 30 at the age of 76. She died just one day before The Judds were set to be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. It was later revealed during Ashley Judds’ sit-down interview with Good Morning America’s Robin Roberts that Naomi died of “mental illness” and that she used a “firearm.”
The duo earned 14 No. 1 hits during their career that spanned nearly three decades, including “Love Can Build a Bridge,” “Mama He’s Crazy,” “Why Not Me,” “Turn It Loose,” “Girls Night Out,” “Rockin’ With the Rhythm of the Rain” and “Grandpa.”
The Judds toured in the ’80s where they had a catalog of twenty Top 10 hits, 20 million-plus albums sold, a combined 16 Gold, Platinum, and multi-Platinum albums, and The Judds Greatest Hits.
Since launching their career in 1983, the duo went on to release six studio albums and an EP. The superstar pair have also won several awards, including nine CMA Awards, seven Academy Of Country Music Awards and five GRAMMY Awards for hits like “Why Not Me” and “Give A Little Love.”
THE FINAL TOUR 2022 DATES
Friday, September 30 – Grand Rapids, MI – Van Andel Arena
Saturday, October 1 – Toledo, OH – Huntington Center
Friday, October 7 – Sioux Falls, SD – Denny Sanford PREMIER Center
Saturday, October 8 – Green Bay, WI – Resch Center
Friday, October 14 – Duluth, GA – Gas South Arena
Saturday, October 15 – Huntsville, AL – Propst Arena @ The Von Braun Center
Friday, October 21 – Durant, OK – Choctaw Grand Theater
Saturday, October 22 – Ft. Worth, TX – Dickies Arena
Thursday, October 27 – Biloxi, MS – Mississippi Coast Coliseum
Friday, October 28 – Saturday, October 29 – Nashville, TN
Lexington, KY – Bridgestone Arena – Rupp Arena
Tickets for The Judds’ “The Final Tour” are currently on sale. Tickets for the Saturday, October 29th hometown show in Lexington, KY at Rupp Arena go on-sale this Saturday, May 21st. To purchase tickets, click here.
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