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As expected, The Judds will return to the stage with a reunion tour beginning Nov. 26. The mother-daughter duo of Naomi and Wynonna Judd will kick off their 18-city tour, The Judds: The Last Encore , in Green Bay, Wis. The tour will come full circle on Dec. 19, when they play the final show in Phoenix, which is where their 2000 Power To Change Tour kicked off.
"Thanks for coming to our party," Wynonna said, greeting a crowd of industry media during a press conference in Nashville after the duo performed to 10,000 fans at the Riverfront Stage as part of CMA Music Festival.
While some details of the tour are still being confirmed, the duo says that no Nashville date has been scheduled for the tour as of yet, and that they will not have an opening act. "We have enough hits that it can be just us," Wynonna said.
Wynonna is particularly ready to introduce younger listeners to Judd music. "My fans are bringing their kids to the shows, and I'm excited about passing along Judd music to the next generation. With the Cracker Barrel thing, the idea of a 12-year-old going in who didn't know who the Judds were before and buying a Wynonna T-shirt is something that thrills me," she said, referencing her current album, Love Heals, which is available at Cracker Barrel. "We want to pass this along to the next generation. It's time. We came up with the tour name, The Last Encore, which is funny to me, because we don't know if it will be [the last tour], but we had to come up with something."
Naomi replied, "I was going to call it the Cougar Tour."
"Our therapists say it's OK to go back out in public unsupervised," Wynonna joked. "We're in a really good place. I'm probably the healthiest I've been in a really long time. Mom is obviously healed."
The mother-daughter duo has scored 14 No. 1 songs in a career that's spanned nearly three decades. After rising to the top of country music, they called it quits in 1991 after doctors diagnosed Naomi with hepatitis. They last toured together 10 years ago.
While the duo is excited to sing songs like "Mama He's Crazy," "Girls Night Out," and their classic "Love Can Build a Bridge," Wynonna promises that their will also be some surprises in the set list. "We want to stretch our music. We've got some really soulful stuff."
|Nov.||26||Green Bay, Wis.||Resch Center|
|27||Mt. Pleasant, Mich.||Soaring Eagle Casino|
|28||Moline, Ill.||i wireless Center|
|30||Prior Lake, Minn.||Mystic Lake Casino|
|Dec.||2||Columbus, Ohio||Value City Arena, Schottenstein Center|
|3||Louisville, Ky.||KFC Yum! Center|
|4||St. Charles, Mo.||Family Arena|
|5||Council Bluffs, Iowa||Mid-America Center|
|7||Colorado Springs, Colo.||World Arena|
|8||Broomfield, Colo.||1STBANK Center|
|9||Salt Lake City, Utah||EnergySolutions Arena|
|11||Oakland, Calif.||Oracle Arena|
|12||Sacramento, Calif.||Arco Arena|
|15||Los Angeles||Nokia Theatre L.A. Live|
|16||Santa Ynez, Calif.||Chumash Casino|
|17||Rancho Mirage, Calif.||Agua Caliente Casino|
|18||Las Vegas||Mandalay Bay Events Center/Arena|
|19||Phoenix||US Airways Center|