Starting with the official "kick-off" show in Las Vegas on New Year's Eve, COUNTRY WEEKLY will provide country music fans with up-to-the-minute information throughout the year including details of all 40 concert dates, ticket sales, and the release of Alabama's new interactive CD album, In The Mood: The Love Songs. Also revealed will be the variety of exclusive services, features and gifts available only to concert ticket and CD buyers.

"Alabama has always been a fan favorite, and no magazine reaches country music fans like COUNTRY WEEKLY", says Neil Pond, Editor-In-Chief. "We are thrilled to be able to bring our readers on board for the full, start-to-finish scope of this historic event".

The "American Farewell Tour" show, which will feature a dazzling new set and state-of-the-art production, promises to be an event worthy of Alabama's legendary 25-year career. The main portion of the tour will run June through November 2003 and fans can access all related information in the magazine starting in the October 15, 2002 issue, and on the COUNTRY WEEKLY website,

Alabama's much-anticipated new album In The Mood: The Love Songs, goes on sale February 4, 2003, and will play an integral role in propelling advance ticket sales for the tour. Included on this special interactive CD is a "passport" feature that enables the owner to immediately purchase "American Farewell Tour" concert tickets before they go on sale to the public March 15th. What's more, all pre-purchase ticket information will be available only on the album. According to TicketMaster, this exclusive option has never before been offered in any format, and it sets the bar for future ticket sales strategies by affording the most targeted consumer the best advantage. Those without computer access will still be able to buy advance tickets by using secret "passwords" found inside the CD. In addition, fans will be able to access inside information about the tour and the band through the CD.


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