AceShowbiz - Wynonna Judd has confirmed that The Judds' "The Last Tour" will continue after her mom and bandmate Naomi Judd passed away. The eldest daughter of the country legend made the announcement during the memorial service.
Naomi passed away last month at the age of 76, taking her own life after a long battle with depression. Wynonna and Naomi formed the country duo together, and many had expected the tragedy could spell the end for the band.
The Judds were due to hit the road again for "The Final Tour" later this year, but Wynonna has now confirmed she plans to continue with the concerts despite losing her mum. Speaking in a TV special, "Naomi Judd: 'A River of Time' Celebration", which aired in the U.S. on Sunday night, May 15, she confirmed the tour will go ahead.
Wynonna said, "I will continue to sing. I said I would. So, I've made a decision, and I thought I'd share it on national television: that after a lot of thought, I'm going to have to honor her and do this tour." She added, "I'm just going to have to. Because that's what you would want. And Bono once told me, 'Give them what they want, not what you want.' "
The event took place at the fabled Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee and featured country stars including Ashley McBryde, Brad Paisley, Emmylou Harris, Allison Russell and Martina McBride. There were also video tributes sent in by celebrity pals such as Bono, Morgan Freeman, Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon and Salma Hayek.
The Judds' "Final Tour" features 10 U.S. dates and special guest Martina. It is due to kick off on September 30 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The shows conclude in Nashville at the Bridgestone Arena on October 28.