BRISTOL, Tenn. (WJHL) – After Alabama’s Thunder Valley Amphitheater concert was postponed twice, fans were finally able to see the band in action.
Doors opened for the 50th anniversary concert tour around 7:30 p.m., but storms in the area caused a weather delay of one hour, worrying spectators that the third time might not have been a charm.
However, once the warning was lifted, the musicians took to the stage and fans stood up to dance and sing some of their favorite songs.
The threat of an increase in COVID-19 cases and inclement weather did not keep fans away on Saturday night.
Chelcee Amos was among the thousands who showed up at Bristol Motor Speedway and she told News Channel 11 that Alabama actually has special meaning for her family.
“This is the first concert I’ve attended,” said Amos. “My parents, they went on their first date when they were younger.”
“I’ve been looking forward to it for months now,” Amos said. “Since I got the tickets.”
Many spectators were just delighted to listen to live music again.
“Happy to be here and happy to have the opportunity to resume concerts, you know it’s been a while since we’ve been able to go out and have a good time.” We’re just happy to have some sort of normalcy, ”said Bryan Ferrell, who traveled from Kentucky to see Alabama play.
After canceling the concert for the past two years, organizers and those in attendance said it was worth the wait and that it will be a night they will always remember.
“I’ve been just a fan since they started early,” Ferrell said. “I couldn’t wait to see them before, and I couldn’t wait to see them on this last lap. This may be the last time we see them. “