Country music Alan Jackson is scaling back on performing as he announces that he is not phyiscally well. Jackson reveals that he has been diagnosed with CMT (Charcot-Marie-Tooth). CMT is a chronic neuropathy condition that results in nerve deterioration and impacts muscle function, movement and balance. In an interview with The Today Show, Jackson noted that the effects of the condition have made performing increasingly difficult.
"I have this neuropathy and neurological disease," Jackson explained. "It's genetic that I inherited from my daddy ... There's no cure for it, but it's been affecting me for years. And it's getting more and more obvious. And I know I'm stumbling around on stage. And now I'm having a little trouble balancing, even in front of the microphone, and so I just feel very uncomfortable."
Despite his illness, Jackson is still scheduled to kick off his 2022 Last Call: One More for the Road Tour. Although the 16-date trek hasn't formally been advertised as a farewell tour, it will likely be one of the last opportunities to catch Jackson live.
"I've always admired my heroes like George Jones, Merle Haggard, Loretta Lynn and Charley Pride who just played as much as they wanted to, as long as they could," Jackson noted in a statement earlier this year. "I've always thought I'd like to do that, and I'd like to as long as my health will allow. I'll try to do as much as I can, but if I'm comin' your way, come see me."
Jackson is not a regular chart topper on country charts, he also has a few #1 Billboard Christian albums. Jackson's most recent Precious Memories Collection was in fact the second best selling Christian album of 2018.
Alan Jackson's 2022 One More for the Road Tour Dates:
June 24 - Biloxi, Miss. @ Mississippi Coast Coliseum
June 25 - Knoxville, Tenn. @ Thompson-Boling Arena
July 29 - St. Paul, Minn. @ Xcel Energy Center
July 30 - Grand Forks, N.D. @ Alerus Center
Aug. 12 - Savannah, Ga. @ Enmarket Arena
Aug. 13 - Greenville, S.C. @ Bon Secours Wellness Arena
Aug. 26 - Lincoln, Neb. @ Pinnacle Bank Arena
Aug. 27 - Kansas City, Mo. @ T-Mobile Center
Sept. 9 - Lexington, Ky. @ Rupp Arena
Sept. 10 - Greensboro, N.C. @ Greensboro Coliseum
Sept. 16 - Austin, Texas @ Moody Center
Sept. 17 - Dallas, Texas @ American Airlines Center
Sept. 30 - Glendale, Ariz. @ Gila River Arena
Oct. 1 - Anaheim, Calif. @ Honda Center
Oct. 7 - Atlantic City, N.J. @ Jim Whelan Boardwalk Hall
Oct. 8 - Pittsburgh, Penn. @ PPG Paints Arena