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©AP/ Jeff Cook of Alabama
© AP/ Jeff Cook of Alabama
Alabama setting sail to mark 40th anniversary


Country rockers Alabama are hitting the high seas next year to celebrate their 40th anniversary.

The "Tennessee River" hitmakers played their first gig at the Bowery in Myrtle Beach, S.C., in 1973 and now they are planning to mark the milestone by setting sail with their most dedicated fans next autumn as part of the Festival at Sea.

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A post on the band's official website reads, "As this year comes to a close, we look back on all the memories with you and feel humbled and blessed to still be doing what we love as a band. Next year will mark the 40th anniversary of our first show at the Bowery in Myrtle Beach, and we feel like the best way to celebrate is to invite all of you, our most dedicated, supportive, and passionate fans to join us on a cruise!

"Think four or five days, warm weather, beaches, unique shows from us, shows from some of our favorite bands, and a few special surprises along the way.

"While we are still figuring out all the details, we hope you will plan to join us next October for the biggest Alabama celebration yet. We are blown away by our fans each and every day, and can't wait to celebrate our 40-year journey together next Fall. Happy New Year to you and your family!"

Dec 29, 2012 10:59AM

Great to hear the boys from Fort Payne are getting together again...was stationed overseas for many years and when ever I heard Alabama on AFRN would always make me think of home.  So take your dramamine and get on board...

Dec 29, 2012 10:36AM

"Gone, gone with the wind! Ain't no money till the crops come in!"We'll see who's music is stupid when

there are No farmers & farms to feed everyone else!

Dec 29, 2012 9:42AM
For you who think country music sounds the same I guess in rap every song is different?   Give me a break.  I guess all classical music, all jazz, all swing music had a different sound to each song.  What a moron.  I would rather listen to Alabama than some bro rappin his horses*&t.
Dec 29, 2012 9:17AM
They should probably rest for another 10-15 years...  yawn.
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