Planning tour dates during hurricane season in the Atlantic can be tricky. While everyone hopes that storms won’t head toward the coast, every year is unpredictable. Alan Jackson had concerts lined up for Friday, Sept. 14 at the N. Charleston Coliseum in Charleston, S.C. and Saturday, Sept. 15 at the Spectrum Center in Charlotte, N.C., but both shows must be put on hold.
On Jackson’s website, officials explain that the show cancellations are “in consideration of fans’ safety and that of touring crew and venue staff – and in conjunction with local authorities…” The statement continues, “Tour management, promoters and arena personnel are working through the logistics of rescheduling the shows; all tickets for both shows will be honored at the rescheduled dates.” So fans have a small light at the end of the tunnel knowing that their tickets will not go to waste. In conclusion, Jackson’s team writes, “Sending prayers for the safety to all those impacted by Hurricane Florence.”
Those living in the area who were looking forward to letting loose and attending an Alan Jackson concert are now forced to either board up their windows, gather supplies and hunker down or to evacuate in preparation for the massive incoming storm. On Wednesday morning, Federal Emergency Management Agency associate administrator Jeff Byard said, “This is not going to be a glancing blow. … This is going to be a Mike Tyson punch to the Carolina coast. Today is the last good day to evacuate.”
Jackson only has two tour dates lined up for the rest of the year listed on his website. On Sept. 21, he’ll play the CHI Health Center in Omaha, Neb. On Sept. 22, he’ll perform at the Walmart Amphitheater in Rogers, Ark.