“We will love you forever”


Country legend Randy Travis is keen to stay in touch with all that’s new and exciting in country music, and that often means attending shows as a fan. It’s no big surprise, then, that he showed up in the audience at a Zac Brown Band show on Saturday, May 21 in Frisco, Texas — but it’s what happened next that did. made the evening particularly special.

When ZBB got wind that Travis – one of their all-time country heroes – was planning to be in the audience, the band members decided to pay tribute to him in their performance. “When you hear [Randy Travis] comes to the concert, you change your setlist”, the group then wrote on social networks. “We are going to love you forever!”

To celebrate Travis’ attendance, they treated the crowd to a harmonious rendition of “Forever and Ever, Amen,” a Travis hit from 1987. ZBB posted footage of the special moment, filmed from the front rows of the crowd, as well as some snaps of frontman Zac Brown posing with Travis backstage.

Zac Brown Band is currently in the middle of their extensive Out in the Middle 2022 tour, which will last until mid-November. This is the first time that ZBB has been able to organize a full tour since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic; they were one of the first major country bands to drop an entire tour amid the pandemic shutdowns. In 2021, they launched their Comeback Tour, but had to cancel a few shows after Brown tested positive for COVID-19.

On Friday (May 20), the band had some tough news to share: they announced that founding member John Driskell Hopkins had been diagnosed with ALS. In their video announcement, Hopkins explained that his symptoms were slowly progressing and that he hopes to be able to continue performing with the band for many years to come. In their announcement, the group also shared information on how to donate to Hopkins’ Hop on a Cure Foundation, which helps fund research in the fight against ALS.

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