Miranda Lambert will hit the stage for her first live-concert appearances in over a year this spring, setting a three-night stand in honor of a historic Texas venue’s 40th anniversary.
Planning to headline three shows at Billy Bob’s Texas in Fort Worth — which has dubbed itself “the world’s largest honky tonk” — the shows will take place from April 22 – 24. It’s Lambert’s first live-audience performance since the COVID-19 pandemic halted concert touring at the end of last March, and her appearance will include fans at a reduced level. Making the announcement on Instagram, The Texas native sounds excited but cautious.
“First concert in over a year. Texas , I can’t wait to come home,” she wrote on Instagram — along with a caveat: “We’re doing this safely and right. Show will be reduced capacity and distanced with strict COVID protocols in place.”
As evidence for it’s claim as the world’s largest honky tonk, Billy Bob’s Texas normally holds 6,000 fans, but is currently operating at 50-percent capacity — in accordance with Texas mandates. Guests and employees must also wear face masks and other familiar rules are in place, but that still leaves room for 3,000 concertgoers, or about the same number of Americans who died from COVID-19 on February 6. Deaths on February 8, however, were less than half that number, and reactions from fans on Lambert’s announcement were mixed. Some thanked the star and others expressing reservations about the show.
Meanwhile, Miranda Lambert is not the only country star taking part in the 40th anniversary celebration at Billy Bob’s. The venue has concerts planned for the whole month of April, including other appearances by The Gatlin Brothers, Hank Williams Jr., Midland and Dwight Yoakam.
Pre-sale tickets for Lambert’s three-night stand begin Friday (February 10), with a general on-sale starting February 12. Her current single is the relaxed romantic, “Settling Down.”