The Judds reunite for 2008 Stagecoach Festival
By M&C News Nov 14, 2007, 17:35 GMT
Wynonna Judd - Hollywood, CA © Glenn Harris / Photorazzi
Wynonna Judd has confirmed she and her mother, Naomi Judd, would reunite on stage for the first time in seven years to headline the 2008 Stagecoach Festival next May in Indio.
The legendary country duo are set to perform on the first night of the May 3-4 festival. The 2008 lineup will also feature country music superstars Tim McGraw, Carrie Underwood, Rascal Flatts and Gretchen Wilson. Tickets are scheduled to go on sale on Nov. 16 for the show – which is in its second year at the Empire Polo Fields in the low desert city near Palm Springs.
Wynonna Judd stated: “We've heard such amazing things about the festival. So it felt like the perfect time and place to honor the Judd history."
The Judds became icons of country music in the 1980s thanks to 14 No. 1 hits – including "Mama He's Crazy," "Girls Night Out," "Grandpa (Tell Me 'Bout the Good Old Days)." The duo split in 1991 due to Naomi suffering from health problems due to a hepatitis C infection. The Judds launched a huge farewell tour with stops in 116 cities. The tour became the was highest-grossing tour in the U.S. in 1991 and ended with a pay-per-view farewell show that broke records for viewership.
Naomi Judd went on to become an author and a spokeswoman for the American Liver Foundation. Wynonna launched an equally successful solo career.
The two have continued to work together sporadically (such as appearing in a high-profile Kmart commercial in the mid-1990s), toured, and released the concert album "Reunion Live" in 2000.
"Although there are no immediate plans for Judd music aside from our show at the Stagecoach Festival, the door remains open," Wynonna said. "I've often said that the future really is based on God's timing, not our own. We'll both know in our hearts when it's time."
The 2008 Stagecoach lineup also includes Dwight Yoakam, George Jones, Big & Rich, Dierks Bentley, Taylor Swift, Trace Adkins, Earl Scruggs, Shooter Jennings and Ralph Stanley.