On Nov. 22, artists from across the music spectrum will gather in Nashville to honor the late, great George Jones, who passed away on April 26 at the age of 81. The late November date at Bridgestone Arena had originally been earmarked as the time and place for Jones’ final concert, but was later adapted into the George Jones Tribute Show to honor the man considered by many to be one of the greatest country singers of all time.
The evening has been dubbed “Playin Possum! The Final NO Show” in a friendly nod to the nicknames Jones had received because of his resemblance to the animal and tendency to miss shows over the years.
Full Lineup Confirmed
For the event, more than 70 acts have been confirmed, with some surprise guests expected, too. Many of country music’s current heavy hitters will be in attendance, including George Strait, Alan Jackson, Reba McEntire, Vince Gill, Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert, Alabama, and Patty Loveless, just to name a few. Additionally, the night also will showcase performances from artists in other genres, as heavy metal band Megadeth and rap/rock/blues singer Kid Rock will be on hand as well. Click HERE for the full George Jones Tribute Show lineup.
As denoted in his bio, during Jones’ illustrious career, he was the recipient of the four highest honors awarded to musicians, having been inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame, and earned the National Medal of Arts, a Kennedy Center Honor, and the GRAMMY for Lifetime Achievement.
Shortly after his passing, the Academy of Country Music Awards released the heartfelt video montage included below, featuring clips from Jones’ various ACM Awards show appearances over the years.
Legacy Lives On
Perhaps not surprisingly, Jones’ peers had rarely been shy about covering the legend and have had plenty of songs to choose from thanks to his extensive catalog of hits. Taking advantage of just that, rising country star Jamey Johnson, who is on the bill for the tribute show, performed a notable George Jones medley at the Grand Ole Opry as part of an 80th birthday celebration for the singer back in 2011. A similar display of admiration and celebration is expected from each artist throughout the forthcoming concert event.