George Jones Tribute Concert in Nashville Adds More Talent: Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert, George Strait Among Others
Fans of the late George Jones have been tearing at the bit for his November Memorial concert, and the star performers just keep getting added to the list.
The Nov. 22 show at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville was set to be Jones' last live performance, announced during 2012 as his official retirement show. Unfortunately, the country music legend passed away from hypoxic respiratory failure in April. Several star country musicians were already lined up to perform, and Jones' wife Nancy opted to transform the show into a tribute.
The New Acts: George Strait, Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert, Eric Church, Reba McEntire and Alabama.
The Previously Scheduled Acts: Alan Jackson, Dierks Bentley, Travis Tritt, Tanya Tucker, Josh Turner, The Oak Ridge Boys, Charlie Daniels, Jamey Johnson, and Montgomery Gentry.
"I am thrilled and honored that so many of George's friends are coming to what would have been his last concert, but is not a fitting tribute," Nancy Jones said. "George loved these artists and...actually wrote letters to almost all of them."
The lineup sounds great but if you haven't gotten tickets, you're out of luck; the show sold out even before the new slew of artists were announced. A lot of tickets are still available on StubHub, ranging anywhere from $49.99 to $12,500 a pop.
Jones is considered among the greatest country vocalists of all time, particularly for hits including "He Stopped Loving Her Today," a song that still makes us tear up a bit when writing about it.