Blake Shelton, Brad Paisley, Alan Jackson and many more to perform at George Jones tribute concert
Country music legend George Jones was to have a pretty exciting 2013. He was announced as one of the new inductees to the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville, and he would be more-or-less retiring with a farewell concert during November. Unfortunately, Jones passed away from respiratory failure at the age of 81 on April 26. Jones' wife and fellow musicians have banded together to make the final concert a huge gathering of country stars.
"I am so excited how this show has evolved and I will be forever grateful to the artists that are coming to honor George," said his wife, Nancy Jones.. "The evening might be long, but I don't think people will be upset as they will witness the best musical tribute Nashville has ever seen with so many artists performing George Jones songs."
The concert will be called "The Final No Show," a darkly humorous twist. Jones earned the nickname "No Show Jones" by missing scores of gigs during the '70s, largely due to his trouble his drugs and alcohol. There's no doubt that Jones would've enjoyed the irony in his not showing up for his final show.
More than 70 performers will show up however, and there's plenty of big names. In no particular order, here are some of the highlights taking the stage on November 22 at Bridgestone Arena:
Alan Jackson, Alabama, Blake Shelton, Brad Paisley, Dierks Bentley, Emmylou Harris, Eric Church, George Strait, Kid Rock, Lee Ann Womack, Martina McBride, Megadeth (it'd be boring if all the performers were country), Miranda Lambert, Montgomery Gentry, Reba McEntire, Travis Tritt and Vince Gill. And as we say in the business...many, many more.