Some sad news today about Alabama's tour. The tour comes to Amalie Arena in Tampa May 28. However, fiddle and guitar player Jeff Cook will leave the tour at the end of this month.
Today the band revealed Cook has Parkinson's disease. The diagnosis was actually 4 years ago but the band chose to keep the news private until now.
Cook says the impact of the disease on his body is why he decided to go public.
Jeff released this statement:
“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.”