Alan Jackson cancels Jukebox headliner gig; spokeswoman cites illness as reason

George L. Winship, Editor

Back-to-back performances by Pam Tillis and Ricky Skaggs will wind up the Jukebox Country Music Festival's three-day run Sunday, July 22, at the Shasta District Fair grounds in Anderson since headliner superstar Alan Jackson, 53, cancelled his 8:15 p.m. performance due to illness, show organizers announced Sunday.

Single-day ticket prices for Sunday were dropped from $69 to $35 as a result of Jackson's non-appearance, stated the festival's Web site.

On Friday, July 20, Jackson had rescheduled a concert for later that same day at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles until Wednesday, July 25, also due to illness, a spokeswoman told the Los Angeles Times.

Jackson's own Web site contained this message for his northern California fans:

"Following early morning e-mails from (Allan Folino) the promoter of the Jukebox Music Festival, Alan Jackson will not be performing as planned this evening in Anderson, Calif.

"Jackson, his band and crew were on-site this morning, ready to load in and prepare for the show, but he will regretfully not be performing.

"Citing the postponement of Jackson's Friday show in Los Angeles, the promoter felt that this impacted ticket sales, even though Jackson played a sold-out show in Salinas, Calif., on Saturday night.

"Jackson is sorry to disappoint his fans who had expected to see him tonight, but the trucks and buses will turn around and head to Los Angeles, where he is playing his rescheduled Greek Amphitheatre concert on Wednesday."

Festival organizers in Anderson placed this message on their Web site earlier Sunday:

"The musical action moves to the Crown Motors Headliner Stage with Brett Eldredge taking the stage at 3:45 p.m. He will be followed by another rousing line dance lesson lead from the stage at 5 p.m.

"The evening features two of country royalties greatest family members. Pam Tillis comes to the stage at 5:30 p.m. with an acoustic arrangement paving the way for sunset with Ricky Skaggs at 7 p.m.

"Unfortunately our (8:15 p.m.) scheduled performance by Alan Jackson will not take place this evening."

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