Wynonna Announces The Judds’ “The Final Tour” Will Go On In Honor Of Her Late Mom
The Judds‘ fans are mourning the untimely death of the duo’s matriarch, Naomi, but will have a chance to pay tribute to the late singer when her daughter Wynonna hits the road later this year.
The mother-daughter duo first announced in early April that they were going back on the road for “The Final Tour,” their first tour in over a decade. But, after Naomi Judd passed away unexpectedly on April 30 after a battle with mental illness, the future of the tour was unknown.
During Sunday night’s (May 15) memorial service for Naomi, her daughter Wynonna announced that she planned to go forward with the tour in honor of her late mother.
The award-winning vocalist 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 declared that she would persevere forward for the fans and her mother.
“I will continue to sing,” Wynonna said during Naomi Judd: A River of Time Celebration at the Ryman Auditorium. “I made a decision, and I decided to share it on national television. After a lot of thought, I am gonna have to honor her and do this tour because that is what you would want.”
Wynonna added, “Bono once told me, ‘give them what they want…not what you want.’ Plus, there are 25 hundred roses up here. So tonight, as we close I say, ‘the show must go on.’ As hard as it may be, we will show up together. You will carry me, as you carried me for 38 years once again because I honestly didn’t think I should do it. I didn’t know If I could go on without her… oh God. Life is so strange. It is so devastatingly beautiful what happened here tonight. We will continue this spectacle – that is what she would want, right?”
Wynonna will kick off the 10-city tour in September in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and will wrap in October at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena. CMT reports that the tour will feature some of The Judds’ biggest hits such as “Grandpa (Tell Me ‘Bout The Good Old Days),” “Mama He’s Crazy,” “Why Not Me,” “Love Can Build a Bridge” and more from the duo’s rich catalog.
Get more information on “The Final Tour” tour dates HERE.
Wynonna closed out Sunday’s memorial service with a beautiful rendition of a song her mom wrote that became one The Judds’ most popular songs….”Love Can Build a Bridge.” It was also the song that brought Wynonna and Naomi back together on stage for the CMT Music Awards in April for what would be their final performance together. Watch that performance in the video below.