On Tuesday, April 11th, Alabama member Jeff Cook announced that he has Parkinson’s disease. He will withdraw from touring on April 29th. According to the Tennessean, Cook reportedly was diagnosed four years ago, however, he and band mates Teddy Gentry and Randy Owen agreed to keep the news private.
Cook’s prepared statement reads, “This disease robs you of your coordination, your balance, and causes tremors. For me, this has made it extremely frustrating to try and play guitar, fiddle or sing. I’ve tried not to burden anyone with the details of my condition because I do not want the music to stop or the party to end, and that won’t change no matter what. Let me say, I’m not calling it quits but sometimes our bodies dictate what we have to do, and mine is telling me it’s time to take a break and heal.”
You can see Cook read his statement here.
Even though he is retreating from touring, Cook intends on playing Alabama’s concert on May 27th in Orange Beach, AL and a fan event in June. His health will dictate whether he can join the band on other dates. Jeff Cook’s instrumental and vocal parts will reportedly be covered by other musicians.
Beyond that, his schedule will be sporadic and his health will dictate when and if he joins the band on other dates. Cook’s instrumental and vocal parts will reportedly be covered by other musicians.
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