As part of her farewell to The Judds, Wynonna Judd announced plans to recreate the legendary country music duo’s farewell concert that aired as a TV special back in 1991.
The Judds: Love is Alive — The Final Concert will be recorded next Thursday, November 3, in the Murphy Center at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, the same arena of the original special, and then be broadcast on CMT in March, according to People.
Current tour-mates Ashley McBryde, Brandi Carlile, Kelsea Ballerini, Little Big Town, and tour opener Martina McBride will all stand in for her late mother Naomi Judd, who died by suicide on April 30, and perform with Wynonna, along with additional guests to be announced.
Final concert TV special: Wynonna Judd, 58, announced the plans for The Judds: Love is Alive — The Final Concert, a recreation of the country music duo’s famed farewell concert in 1991; with special guests to fill in for her late mother, Naomi Judd
‘This is a big, fat, hairy deal for me,’ Judd, 58, said during Wednesday’s news conference. ‘We are taking full advantage of the love and support.’
The country music legend was referring to the overwhelming response she’s gotten while out on the road on The Final Tour since September 30. It had originally been planned to be a final reunion for herself and her mother, but that all changed when The Judds’ matriarch passed away following a long history of mental health struggles.
Judd announced she would still move forward and honor the tour commitment just two weeks after her mother’s public memorial in Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium.
‘I will tell you, as an artist, I’ve never experienced this kind of emotion at a show,’ Judd said of the tour, adding, ‘They’re singing so loud that I stand back from the microphone and just weep because there’s a revival taking place.
The plan: The Judds: Love is Alive — The Final Concert will be recorded next Thursday, November 3, in the Murphy Center at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, the same arena of the original special, and then be broadcast on CMT in March
Judd attributes the heightened emotions at recent shows to the death of her mother and the 39 years she’s had out on the road.
‘The fans grew up with me and they’re losing their parents and they’re bringing their mothers. And it’s just a chance for people to express themselves and, boy, are they!’ she added. ‘I’ve done so many shows where I literally fall on my knees because the love is so strong.’
And now, it turns out, all the love and joy she’s felt while on the current tour has seemingly sparked the idea to recreate The Judds Farewell Concert.
‘Stepping onstage at the Murphy Center for the first time since December 4, 1991 will be so surreal for me. It was an emotional night over 30 years ago and will be an emotional night, for different reasons, now,’ the Country Music Hall of Fame inductee confessed.
Moving forward: Even in the wake of Naomi Judd’s death on April 30, Wynonna Judd went forward with The Final Tour, beginning on September 30, which had originally been planned to be a final reunion for herself and her mother; several country artists stepped in for her mother to sing with Wynonna that includes this show in NYC on October 24
Legendary: Naomi Judd was 76 when she died by suicide on April 30 following a long history of mental health struggles; her passing came one day before she and her daughter were to be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame; she’s pictured on April 11
All-star performers: Wynonna Judd has been performing with the likes of Martina McBride and Trisha Yearwood on The Judds: The Final Tour; they are expected to be among the all-star artists to take part in The Judds: Love is Alive — The Final Concert; they are seen on Oct 28
‘I can’t wait to lean into the nostalgia with the artists who have made this tour so special, and recreate one of the most iconic nights in Judd Herstory.’
Tickets to The Judds: Love is Alive — The Final Concert are now on sale.
The special, a collaboration between CMT and Sandbox Productions, is scheduled for airing in March 2023, the month after Judd closes the tour.
And in another nod of love and respect to the late great Naomi Judd, part of the proceeds from the concert will be donated to the Tennessee affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, which focuses on improving the lives of people dealing with serious mental illness and their families.
Iconic: The Judds were one of the most successful acts in country music history, releasing six studio albums between 1983 and 1991, resulting in more than 20 singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts, including fourteen that went to number one; they are seen April 11