Ford Theater, Country Music Hall of Fame, Nashville, Tennessee
Photo Credits: Machelle Myers, Samantha Walters and Laura Zanone
The Stars Go Blue benefit show was Wade's first appearance as an artist since undergoing a grueling eight hour surgery for Stage IV colon cancer that had spread to his liver.
In his second month of chemotherapy, with 4 more to go, he wanted to share his experience. Wade intends to turn this experience into a blessing, not a curse.
Ironically, he was a featured entertainer on the Colon Cancer Alliance Stars Go Blue Show in 2010. Doctors have told him that, more than likely, he had the disease at that time.
He's on a mission to inform others that this disease can come at any age and early detection can save lives.
Early in the show Wade emotionally related his story. Though he didn't sing, he promised the audience that he would return to "tear up a Telecaster." Indeed he did that! He joined Exile on stage and did some featured guitar playing in their closing song, Super Love.