Eddie Montgomery to Honor Troy Gentry at First Live Show Since His Death
Eddie Montgomery is slated to return to the stage for his first public performance since his partner in Montgomery Gentry, Troy Gentry, was killed in a helicopter crash in September, and he'll honor Gentry's legacy.
Montgomery is set to perform at the annual birthday celebration for Tootsie's World Famous Orchid Lounge, which is set to take place on Oct. 10 in downtown Nashville. The world-renowned venue announced Montgomery's appearance as part of a list of new performers in a Facebook post on Tuesday (Oct. 3).
The singer will honor his fallen partner's legacy with his performance. It is unclear if he will perform solo, or if he might be joined by a slate of guest vocalists to assist with Gentry's parts on Montgomery Gentry's long string of hits.
"We are honored to have our dear friend, Eddie, return to the Birthday Bash this year. Of course, Troy was expected to be here too. Join us all as we remember our friend, T-Roy," the Facebook post reads.
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The 2017 Tootsie's Birthday Bash lineup also includes Jon Langston, Halfway to Hazard, Darryl Worley, Tim Watson, Scott Collier, Anthony Orio, John Stone, Terri Clark, Cole Swindell and friends, Trick Pony and Billy Ray Cyrus, as well as several surprise guests.
Troy Gentry died on Sept. 8 in a helicopter crash prior to a Montgomery Gentry gig in New Jersey, when the helicopter he was riding in crashed after experiencing problems during a short flight for him to check out the surrounding area before his performance. 911 audio showed that the helicopter experienced mechanical difficulty before the crash. A preliminary report from the National Transportation Safety Board states the pilot radioed about problems with the throttle before crashing, and a full investigation is underway that may take up to a year.
Gentry was remembered in a public celebration of life ceremony at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville on Sept. 14. It is unclear what Montgomery's future in music will look like, but Montgomery Gentry have released a new single, "Better Me," that was recorded just before Gentry's death and reflects the changed he had made in his own life.
“‘Better Me’ is a song we all loved and Troy sings his ass off on it,” Montgomery says. “It speaks volumes about his life and who he had become and everybody he touched and how much he loved his family. I am so proud of this song and also to call him my friend, my family, my brother for 30 years.”
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