Tim McGraw fulfilled a lifelong dream over the weekend when he not only got to see Alabama perform, but was able to sing with them as well. McGraw went to the second night of Alabama’s two-night run at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on Sunday, July 4, taking the stage to perform their iconic hit, “Lady Down on Love” with the award-winning band.
“It’s been 482 days since they’ve had a show at Bridgestone Arena, and it was Alabama,” McGraw said backstage, in a video he shared on social media. “I’m here. I’ve never seen Alabama live. I know every song off of every album. I could probably do the whole show. I’m getting to go on stage with them tonight, to perform a song. The first time I ever see them in concert, and I get to go on stage with them.”
.@TheAlabamaBand has been one of my favorite bands for as long as I remember…. Finally got to see them for the first time last night on their 50th Anniversary Tour!
Thanx for letting me sing “Lady Down on Love” with you boys!! pic.twitter.com/g72GPs7cSL
— Tim McGraw (@TheTimMcGraw) July 4, 2021
Martina McBride opened both nights for Alabama, part of an all-star lineup of opening acts that Alabama will welcome for the remainder of their tour.
“This tour, that we are blessed to have, has the most amazing group of musicians and vocalists that we have ever had on the road,” explains Alabama bass player and vocalist Teddy Gentry. “In addition, we wanted to bring along some special friends to join us on tour each night. From The Marshall Tucker Band to Travis Tritt and Martina McBride to The Beach Boys, what a party we are going to have. I can’t tell you how ready we are to see and play for you.”kicked off their new dates on their 50th Anniversary Tour, which was first postponed in 2019, due to health concerns with lead singer Randy Owen, before being forced to postpone dates again in 2020, due to the pandemic.”
Alabama also gushed about their return to live concerts, as well as both McGraw and McBride, on social media.
🤩 THANK YOU Nashville! 🤩Thank you @martinamcbride for putting on one heck of a show and thank you @TheTimMcGraw for singing “Lady Down on Love” with us. After 20 years it was good to be back!@BrdgstoneArena @OutbackPresents
📷: Rick Diamond pic.twitter.com/VR6rOXhemM
— ALABAMA (@TheAlabamaBand) July 5, 2021
Alabama will continue with their 50th Anniversary Tour with shows on July 23 and 24, featuring Tracy Lawrence, and on July 25, with The Voice winner Jake Hoot serving as their opening act. Find all of their upcoming shows by visiting Alabama’s website.