Country superstars Lady A have postponed their upcoming Request Line Tour until 2023, including an October stop in Fort Myers.
Lady A announced the news Thursday on Facebook, citing singer-songwriter Charles Kelley’s “journey to sobriety.”
“We have decided to postpone our Request Line Tour until next year,” the band wrote. “Being on the road with our fans is our greatest joy, so it was a hard but important decision to make.
“We are a band, but more importantly … we’re family. We’re proud to say that Charles has embarked on a journey to sobriety. So, right now in order to be the healthiest, strongest and most creative band we can be, Lady A will take the time with the support of our families and team of professionals to walk through this together.
“It’s early on this road, but we are determined to do what will best set us up for many more years together. We’re grateful for your patience.”
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The band was scheduled to perform Oct. 5 at Fort Myers’ Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall, which also announced the news on Facebook. “We are working on a rescheduled date and will reach out to all ticket purchasers ASAP,” the venue wrote.
The band announced the 21-city tour in April. The tour had them playing smaller, more intimate venues, starting with a two-night stand at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium.
The Request Line Tour was designed to let people request the songs they want to hear each night, in real time. The band got the idea after their Las Vegas residency in 2019.
“Our favorite moments allowed the three of us to talk with the fans and play what they wanted to hear,” Lady A’s Dave Haywood said in an April statement to music website Billboard. “So we’re taking that spirit and making it a regular part of our shows this year.”
The Grammy Award-winning Lady A — formerly known as Lady Antebellum — have racked up 11 No. 1 songs, including the huge hit “Need You Now.” They’ve sold 18 million albums, according to a press release announcing the Mann Hall show.
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