Wynonna Judd performs onstage during CMT and Sandbox Live's "Naomi Judd: A River Of Time Celebration" at Ryman Auditorium on May 15, 2022 in Nashville, Tennessee.
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Wynonna Judd Announces Star-Studded List of Women as Special Guests for The Judds' Final Tour


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Wynonna Judd will honor fall tour dates she had planned to go on with her mother, the late Naomi Judd. Wynonna made the announcement during Naomi Judd: A River of Time Celebration, which was held at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville on May 15.

"The show must go on, as hard as it may be, and we will show up together, and you will carry me as you've carried me for 38 years," Wynonna said, referencing support from the fans. "I didn't know if I could go on without her. Life is so strange. It's so devastatingly beautiful what happened here tonight so we will continue. That's what she would want, right?"

Mother-daughter duo The Judds initially announced the 10-date string of arena gigs billed as The Final Tour on April 11. The tour was to begin on  Sept. 30 in Grand Rapids, Mich. and end with an Oct. 28 farewell concert at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena. Naomi and Wynonna Judd were set to be joined by special guest Martina McBride.

A new final date on Oct. 29 at Rupp Arena in Lexington, Kent. will feature Faith Hill as Wynonna's special guest.

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"What a full-circle moment it will be to end the tour in Kentucky where it all began," Wynonna shared in a press release. "It means so much to have my sisterfriend, Faith, join me for this musical celebration."

A selection of special guests will appear with Wynonna at each tour stop, including McBryde, Hill, Little Big Town, Brandi Carlile, Ashley McBryde, Trisha Yearwood and others to be announced.

On April 11, The Judds performed on an awards show broadcast for the first time in over two decades. A rendition of "Love Can Build a Bridge," introduced by Kacey Musgraves, aired during the CMT Music Awards. It would be the duo's final public performance.

The Kentucky-formed act's original Farewell Tour took place in 1991. Its final date, held Dec. 4 at the Murphy Center in Murfreesboro, Tenn., was filmed for TV special The Judds: Their Final Concert. On Oct. 17, 1990, Naomi announced her forthcoming retirement at age 44 due to a Hepatitis C diagnosis.

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Naomi and Wynonna hit the road twice since then: the Power to Change Tour in 2000 and the Last Encore Tour in 2010. In addition, the duo reunited in 2015 for Girls Night Out, a nine-show Las Vegas residency.

The Judds' The Final Tour Dates

Sept. 30 -- Grand Rapids, Mich. (Van Andel Arena)
Oct. 1 -- Toledo, Ohio (Huntington Center)
Oct. 7 -- Sioux Falls, SD (Denny Sanford Premier Center)
Oct. 8 -- Green Bay, Wisc. (Resch Center)
Oct. 14 -- Duluth, Ga. (Gas South Arena)
Oct. 15 -- Huntsville, Ala. (Propst Arena @ The Von Braun Center)
Oct. 21 -- Durant, Okla. (Choctaw Grand Theater)
Oct. 22 -- Ft. Worth, Texas (Dickies Arena)
Oct. 27 -- Biloxi, Miss. (Mississippi Coast Coliseum)
Oct. 28 -- Nashville, Tenn. (Bridgestone Arena)
Oct. 29 -- Lexington, Kent. (Rupp Arena)

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