Lady A postpones her next tour as band member Charles Kelley gets sober.
The country trio announced Thursday that their next Request Line tour, which was scheduled to begin August 13, will be pushed back to 2023 to give Kelley, 40, all the time and support he needs.
“Being on the road with our fans is our greatest joy, so it was a difficult but important decision to make,” the band wrote in a statement. “We’re a band, but more importantly…we’re a family. We’re proud to say that Charles has embarked on a journey of sobriety.”
The statement continued: “So at this time, 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 our team of professionals to get through this together. It’s an early road, but we’re determined to do what’s best for us to have many more years together. We appreciate your patience.
Lady A – which also includes Hillary Scott, 36, and Dave Haywood, 40 – wrote that the tour update is coming “in real time”, but fans who have purchased tickets will soon be contacted with new ticket information.
“We look forward to making 2023 our best year yet!” the band wrote, signing their statement, “With love.”
Although Kelley hasn’t spoken publicly about his sobriety, he did hint at it in a recent Instagram post that teased BRELAND’s upcoming song “Told You I Could Drink,” which features Lady A.
“Fired for this one,” Kelley wrote Monday. “Ironic since I quit drinking haha.
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Lady A announced a 21-date tour in April that was scheduled to begin in Nashville and end Oct. 29 in Indianapolis.
The group planned to field song requests via a fan hotline, and Kelley told Taste of Country in June that the goal was to “engage fans” on every show.
“We have a hotline that you can call and ask, but we’ll also be taking live inquiries,” he said. “We had done a few random shows like charity events where we were just sitting around with an acoustic guitar. In those settings, we would be kind of, ‘What do you want to hear?’ Some of them would be covers. We were like, ‘Why can’t we do something like this?'”
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