Wynonna Judd confirmed that she will still move forward with the tour dates she set with her mother, Naomi Judd, who died unexpectedly on April 30. She was 76. Wynonna made the announcement during her mother’s public memorial service, “NAOMI JUDD: A RIVER OF TIME CELEBRATION,” hosted at the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee.
“I will continue to sing,” Wynonna said, per CMT, which worked with Sandbox Live and the Judd family to present the service. “I made a decision, and I decided to share it on national television. After a lot of thought, I am gonna have to honor her and do this tour because that is what you would want. …So tonight, as we close I say, ‘the show must go on.’ As hard as it may be, we will show up together. You will carry me, as you carried me for 38 years once again because I honestly didn’t think I should do it. I didn’t know If I could go on without her.”
Iconic mother-daughter duo The Judds announced “The Final Tour” dates in April. Martina McBride would serve as a special guest, and she said at the time that being asked to join The Judds on tour “is a true honor and I feel very blessed. We are going to have some fun, that’s for sure!”
Naomi’s other daughter, actress Ashley Judd, confirmed in an emotional interview that her mother died after a long battle with mental illness. Ashley remembered her mother as “an unfailingly kind, sensitive woman,” as she tearfully recalled details of April 30. She noted that Naomi’s death came one day before The Judds were inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.
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