Eddie Montgomery to Return to the Stage at Tootsie’s Birthday Bash
EDITOR'S NOTE (Oct. 3) 4:15PM ET: This story is inaccurate. A representative from Average Joes Entertainment, Montgomery Gentry's record label, tells The Boot that Montgomery is not performing at Tootsie's 2017 Birthday Bash and that Tootsie's Facebook post about the event, which is linked to and quoted in this story, was incorrect in its original form.
A little over one month since Troy Gentry died in a helicopter crash in New Jersey on Sept. 8, Eddie Montgomery will make his return to the stage. The singer -- the other half of Montgomery Gentry -- will perform at Tootsie's 2017 Birthday Bash.
Each year, Tootsie's Orchid Lounge hosts a birthday party to celebrate the iconic Lower Broadway bar. On Tuesday (Oct. 3), the venue revealed more additions to the lineup for its 2017 Birthday Bash, including Montgomery.
"We are honored to have our dear friend, Eddie, return to the Birthday Bash this year," a Facebook post announces. "Of course, Troy was expected to be here too. Join us all as we remember our friend, T-Roy."
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The helicopter crash that killed Gentry took place in Medford, N.J.; he and Montgomery were scheduled to perform there that evening. The National Transportation Safety Board has issued its preliminary report on the crash, which expands upon initial reports that the helicopter pilot experienced mechanical issues prior to crashing.
Gentry was removed from the helicopter crash wreckage at the scene but was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital. In addition to Gentry, the helicopter’s pilot, James Evan Robinson, died in the crash; crews worked for hours to remove his body from the wreck.
“Known for his wide smile, Gentry was personally driven by faith, family and living life to the fullest,” Gentry’s official obituary reads. “One of his favorite Bible verses was Deuteronomy 31:6, which says, ‘Be strong and courageous; don’t be terrified or afraid of them. For it is the Lord your God who goes with you; He will not leave you or forsake you.’”
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