Alan Jackson postpones shows due to ‘health issues’

Alan Jackson postponed two upcoming shows this weekend in Pittsburgh and Atlantic City, NJ, citing health concerns.

On Tuesday the PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh and the Jim Whelan Promenade Hall posted on social media in Atlantic City that the country musician was “struggling with health issues” stemming from Charcot-Marie Tooth disease.

According to the Mayo Clinic, Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease is an inherited neurological disorder that causes nerve damage primarily in the arms and legs, resulting in smaller, weaker muscles. People with this condition may experience loss of sensation, muscle contractions, and difficulty walking. The disease cannot be cured, but is usually not life-threatening.

“I was hoping to be there; I hate disappointing my fans,” Jackson wrote on his website. “I tried as much as I could to play that show at the time.”

Jackson has not scheduled a return date for his tour, but ticket holders for the rescheduled concerts have been advised to keep their tickets as they are honored for an unannounced 2023 date.

In 2021, the Country Music Hall of Fame member told the NBC show Today that he had been living with the disease for more than a decade and that it had begun to affect his balance.

“I have this neuropathy and neurological condition,” Jackson said on the NBC morning show. “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 apparent. I know I stumble around on stage. And now I’m having a bit of a balance problem, even in front of the mic, and that’s why I’m just really uncomfortable.

“It won’t kill me. It’s not fatal,” Jackson clarified. “But it’s connected [to] muscular dystrophy and Parkinson’s disease.”

At the time Jackson said he had no plans to stop touring but that it could affect his availability.

“I never wanted to do the big retirement tour like people do, then take a year off and then come back,” Jackson said. “I find that pretty cheesy. And I’m not saying I can’t tour. I will try to do as much as possible.”

The 63-year-old singer paid tribute to another country music icon, Loretta Lynn, who died Tuesday at the age of 90, by joining the chorus of memories of the miner’s daughter on social media.

“Sweet Loretta Lynn, there will never be another honky tonk girl like you. I will miss you,” Jackson captioned his Facebook post, which included photos of the two legends embracing.

On TikTok, Jackson shared a video of a phone conversation with Lynn in which they exchanged messages of love and admiration.

“I love you so much,” Lynn said to Jackson.

“I love you too, you’re the cutest thing,” Jackson replied. “You’re such a legend in this business…you mean a lot to a lot of people.”

The two ended their conversation on a light note, with Lynn joking, “I told my girlfriend, I told her, I said you’re my boyfriend but you didn’t know.”

Jackson responded happily by saying, “I’m glad it’s me.”

https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/music/story/2022-10-05/alan-jackson-postpones-concert-health-issues Alan Jackson postpones shows due to ‘health issues’

Sarah Ridley

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