John Michael Montgomery is bidding farewell to his fans, marking the end of a lengthy career that has spanned more than 30 years. The 58-year-old, who released his debut Life’s a Dance album in 1992, announces he is embarking on his final tour in 2024, taking more than a year to perform in multiple cities before the tour wraps up in 2025.
Montgomery first announced the news on social media.
“I hope everyone enjoyed bringing in 2024 and may it be a wonderful one for all my friends out there,” Montgomery shared. “For me it will be the start of my farewell tour as I have decided to wind down my touring career over this year and 2025. It’s been a wonderful run for me from the beginning over 30 years ago in 1992 when my first song ‘Life’s a Dance’ was released to radio I think either as a 45 vinyl or on a cassette tape.
“CDs had not quite taken over the market yet and the internet was still in its infancy,” he continued. “It amazes me where it is today. I’ve been fortunate and blessed to be able to do what I love for so many years so. Please join me on my journey as I say goodbye to the road life. And thanks so much for your support for the last three decades, it’s meant so much to me.”
The Kentucky native later expounded on his decision in a press release, recalling how much he has accomplished in the last few decades.
“I’ll never forget the first time I stepped foot on a tour bus for my first show back in 1992, with my first single ‘Life’s A Dance’ just coming out on radio,” Montgomery said. “It was so surreal to me. And of course like any new artist would, I worried about how long it would last and hoped it would not be a ‘flash in the pan’ career. So every album, every song, and every year of being able to do what I love for so many years, and for the fans who have supported me and my music, I’ve cherished those moments very deeply. So, a BIG thank you to them all! I’m not saying I’m never gonna step on stage and perform again.
“I still love that feeling of entertaining and the crowd cheering and singing along with my songs as much as that first show over thirty years ago, and it all started when my parents got me on stage when I was a kid,” he continued. “So I’m sure there will be some situations where I just need to do a show here and there because I’ll miss that too much. But I just feel the time has come to say goodbye to the road life.”
Talent runs in Montgomery’s family. His brother is Eddie Montgomery, one-half of the former duo, Montgomery Gentry, who now has a successful solo career. Montgomery’s son, Walker Montgomery, is also a rising star in country music.
Find all of Montgomery’s remaining tour dates at JohnMichael.com.
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