Lady A Forced To Cancel Festival Appearance After Charles Kelley Suffers Appendicitis

by Josh Lanier
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Despite prepping for a stadium following a year off, Lady A will have to wait a little longer to get on stage. Doctors diagnosed Charles Kelley, one of the three vocalists in the band, with appendicitis. It’s unclear how long he’ll be unable to perform.

The band was scheduled to make its return at the Lakefront Music Fest in Minnesota tonight, July 10th. The band released a statement announcing its performance would have to be cut.

“After such a long wait, there isn’t much that could keep us from being with our fans. Unfortunately, Charles has appendicitis, so we’re sorry to say that we won’t be with you in Minnesota at Lakefront Music Fest tonight,” the band said in a statement.

The festival said Jake Owen and Noah Guthrie will fill in for Lady A. But the band has already agreed to return to perform at the 2023 Lakefront Music Fest, Country Now said.

It’s unclear when the band will return to the road. The group released a statement that said they’ll keep fans updated on Kelley’s condition and their future plans. But they plan to return to the road as soon as doctors clear him, they said.

“This morning Charles is in good hands and we’re continuing to pray for his recovery,” Scott and Haywood wrote. “The minute he is cleared by his doctors, we will be back on the road to see y’all. We appreciate your understanding.”  

According to KaiserPermanente, it can take anywhere from one to four weeks to recover from appendicitis.

Lady A Has Packed Schedule Ahead

Aside from the Lakefront Music Fest, Lady A has a lot of gigs ahead. The band is expected to play next week at Billy Bob’s in Fort Worth, TX. Though those dates are up in the air as Kelley’s condition is monitored.

But Lady A has a tour launch set for July 29 in Uncasville, Conn. The tour will hit 34-cities and feature Carly Pearce, Niko Moon, and Tenille Arts.

After missing the live performances for more than a year because of COVID-19, Lady A was looking forward to getting back on the road. Before his illness, Kelley had said the band had big plans for the shows.

“This tour is really going to be about letting our fans know how much they mean to us and what music has done for all of us over the last year…which is the essence of the tour name. We started writing a song called ‘What A Song Can Do’ and it turned into a love-letter to our fans,” Charles Kelley told Country Now.

“We are gonna soak up these moments on stage more than we ever have before. It’s gonna be hard to wipe the smiles off our faces and I’m sure the tears off of Hillary’s. We were lucky enough to still release new music this past year but there are songs like ‘Champagne Night’ and ‘What If I Never Get Over You’ that we haven’t been able to play live much so we know those will make for some really special moments.”

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