Mark Chesnutt to Undergo Immediate Back Surgery, Cancels Tour Dates

Wishing him a speedy recovery!

Mark Chesnutt to Undergo Immediate Back Surgery, Cancels Tour Dates
TWIN LAKES, WI - JULY 21: Singer/Songwriter Mark Chesnutt perform during Country Thunder - Day 3 on July 21, 2018 in Twin Lakes, Wisconsin. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for Country Thunder)

Nineties hit maker Mark Chesnutt is about to undergo immediate back surgery, forcing the traditionally-minded star to cancel tour dates for the next two months.

According to a statement made on Wednesday (July 7), the “Bubba Shot the Jukebox” singer tells fans he’s been battling severe pain for some time, and was advised that surgery could not be put off. A post to social media on June 28 notes an unexpected injury, which led to cancellations right away.

“I’ve been suffering with this for a very long time, and postponed as long as I could,” said Chesnutt. “When the doctor says: ‘You have no choice,’ you have no choice! I hate to get off the road, just as the venues opened back up. I was really looking forward to this year! I appreciate the support and understanding from my fans, and I’ll see you all real soon.”

After going under the knife, Chesnutt expects to need nine to ten weeks of recovery time, which has forced the cancellation of 24 concert dates between July 9 and September 5. Those shows were scheduled to take him from California to New York, with dozens of stops in between.

Chesnutt’s booking agency is reportedly “moving swiftly to reschedule the summer show dates,” and fans who purchased advance tickets should contact venues directly for information on new dates or refunds.

Here’s a complete list of the cancelled dates:

07/09/21 The Lumberyard — Roscoe TX
07/10/21 Sugar Creek Casino — Hinton OK
07/11/21 Cotton Country Club — Granger TX
07/15/21 Hard Rock Casino — Sioux City IA
07/16/21 RC McGraw’s — Manhatten KS
07/17/21 Crawford County Fair — Cuba MO
07/21/21 Cowlitz County Fair — Longview WA
07/23/21 Lassen County Fair — Susanville CA
07/30/21 Canyon County Fair — Caldwell ID
07/31/21 Butte Depot — Butte MT
08/05/21 Carroll County Fairgrounds — Westminster MD
08/06/21 Deerassic Classic — Cambridge OH
08/07/21 Jergels Rhythm Grill — Warrendale PA
08/12/21 Beacon Theater — Hopewell VA
08/13/21 Winston-Salem Fairgrounds&Annex — Winston-Salem NC
08/14/21 Town & Country Days New — Martinsville WV
08/16/21 Erie County Fairgrounds — Hamburg NY
08/21/21 Sutherland Rodeo Arena — Sutherland NE
08/26/21 Crawford County Fair — Gays Mills WI
08/27/21 Marquette Ojibwa Casino — Marquette MI
08/28/21 Marquette Ojibwa Casino — Marquette MI
09/02/21 Boot Barn Hall — Colorado Springs CO
09/03/21 Seven Peaks Music Festival — Buena Vista CO
09/05/21 Rolling Hills Casimo — Corning CA