Judds To Bid A Final Farewell To Fans Tonight In Tennessee

December 04, 1991|By New York Daily News

This is it, fans. Honest.

After eight years on the road together, including a farewell tour that lasted longer than an Energizer six-pack, the final Naomi and Wynona Judd concert is at hand.

Take their word for it. This is it. Positively, absolutely, guaranteed.

The concert takes place at 9 tonight at Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, Tenn., where 10,000 fans will watch in person and, if they all wish, millions more can see it via pay-per-view.

Naomi, 45, the mom half of this most successful mother-and-daughter duo, isn't exactly raving at the prospect of saying so long, y'all -- she says she'd rather run naked through a meeting of truck drivers.

She announced 14 months ago she was retiring, on doctor's advice, because of a liver ailment. It took a while to get around to it, because of tours and other commitments.

"I've got a very unpredictable disease," she says of her chronic hepatitis. "I've got good days and bad days, and right now, I'm tired already, just talking about it."

Wynona, 27, plans to tour as a solo act. Naomi is going to do some things she put off because of the demands of one-nighters and other showbiz stuff.

"I'm writing my autobiography," she said. "Becoming a spokesperson for American Liver Foundation. Going on the road with Wynona."

On the road again?

"For 27 years," says mama, "we've been partners, on the road and off. We're trying to become independent, but it'll take a little time."

Besides, everybody on the bus needs her.

"I'm the one," says Naomi, "that tells them to wear condoms and brush their teeth. I'm still the mama to everybody and they all come to me."

The Judds got their act together in March 1984, in Omaha, Neb., opening for the Statler Brothers; within a month, their peppy tight-harmony, "Mama, He's Crazy," was a hit.

RCA released their first album a couple months later with only six songs, part of an "introduction" series. By October, the company knew Naomi and Wynona were the real deal and rushed "Why Not Me" into stores.

They are breaking up the act after only nine albums, counting two "best-of" sets and a Christmas collection, 20 singles, three Grammys, and eight Country Music Association awards. Four albums went platinum.

For the last 11 months, they have toured the country on what they call "The Love Can Build a Bridge Farewell Tour."

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