George Jones' final concert to be a tribute
- Bang Showbiz
- 8 May 2013
The final show of George Jones' Grand Tour in November will now be a tribute concert to the late country singer, who passed away aged 81 last month
George Jones' planned final show will now be a tribute concert in his memory.
The country legend passed away aged 81 on April 26 before he could complete his farewell Grand Tour and his widow, Nancy, is planning for what would have been his final show to go ahead with a canon of country stars stepping in to pay their respects.
She said: "Everyone has been asking if we will still do the show. I have asked Garth [Brooks], Kid Rock, Travis Tritt, The Oak Ridge Boys, Montgomery Gentry, Sam Moore, Charlie Daniels, Jamey Johnson and others. They all said, 'Yes, I am still going to do it,' so with all the artists still planning on coming, we are going to honour George one final time."
The concert will take place at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena on November 22.
The final list of performers will be posted on George's official website closer to the date. Other acts rumoured to join the bill include Alan Jackson, Kenny Rogers, Patty Loveless and Randy Travis.
Eddie Montgomery of Montgomery Gentry had been adamant the final show would go ahead as a tribute even on the day George died, eight days after being rushed to hospital with irregular blood pressure.
Speaking at the time he said: "That's still going to happen."
His musical partner Tony Gentry added: "It should, to pay tribute to him. I can't imagine that they would just shut [the show] down."
George is survived by four children and his wife of 30 years, Nancy.