Country music group Lady A (formerly Lady Antebellum) announced on Thursday that they had canceled the remaining concert dates for their Request Line tour due to a band member’s “journey to sobriety”.
The music trio – made up of bandmates Charles Kelley, Hillary Scott and Dave Haywood – explained on Twitter that to support Kelley, they would postpone the rest of the tour to spring 2023.
“We have decided to postpone our Request Line Tour to next year,” the social media post read. “Being on the road with our fans is our greatest joy, so it was a difficult but important decision to make.”
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— Lady A (@ladya) August 4, 2022
“We are a group, but more importantly…we are a family,” he added. “We are proud to say that Charles has embarked on a journey of sobriety. So right now, in order to be the healthiest, strongest and most creative group we can be, Lady A will take the time with the support of our families and our team of professionals to get through this together.
“It is still early on this road, but we are determined to do what will best allow us to spend many more years together,” the statement continued. “We thank you for your patience. This update is coming in real time, but in the coming days your point of sale will be in touch with new ticket information. We look forward to making 2023 our best year yet. to this day! With love, Lady A.”
In 2019, Kelley spoke with People magazine about a song he helped write on the band’s album, “Ocean,” titled “Be Patient With My Love.” The singer described the song as an “autobiography” detailing his struggle to find sobriety.
“I was really struggling with my drinking, struggling with my spirituality and what I really wanted to get out of this life and just be bored,” the artist shared at the time.
“It took me a bit of time to find my priorities and control them,” he added. “Once you let go of all that stuff and opened up about it, it’s amazing how much love and positivity really shines through, and it brought us so much closer together.”