Alabama Sends Crowd Soaring With Heartbreaking ‘Silver Wings’ Tribute CNN

Musical stars, icons, and legends united in one place to pay their respects to one trailblazer that has forever left his boot print on both country music and its fans. The Sing Me Back Home: The Music of Merle Haggard concert was, without a doubt, a thriving success as timeless acts and performers from ZZ Top to Tanya Tucker flocked to the event for one unforgettable evening.

While a variety of musicians performed in honor of the late Haggard , it was Alabama‘s heavenly performance of one of the legend’s biggest hits that stole the show. The band was greeted with a warm applause from their audience, prompting band member Randy Owens to admit to his fans, “The first two song that we learned to sing together on the stage were two songs written and recorded by Merle Haggard.” The audience roared with cheers as the band kicked off their transition into Haggard’s timeless hit “Silver Wings”, encouraging the audience to jump into the performance and sing along to the iconic lyrics.

“Silver wings/ Shining in the sunlight/ Roaring engines/ Headed somewhere in flight/ They’re taking you away/ And leaving me lonely/ Silver wings/ Slowly fading out of sight,” they passionately sang. The moment was surreal, almost blending the differences between artists and fans and unifying their voices for a magical experience that properly commemorated the unfathomable career of such a legend.

Upon the completion of the performance, the band was given an explosive applause as they humbly thanked their audience for sharing such a special evening to remember one of country music’s greatest. You can experience the incredible moment in the video below.