In 2012, Jones announced plans to retire from performing, and the Nov. 22 concert at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena was originally scheduled as the final date of his farewell tour. He had selected several special guests to appear with him at the concert.
Following Jones’ death on April 26 in Nashville at age 81, his wife Nancy decided to turn the event into a tribute concert. Alan Jackson, Dierks Bentley, Travis Tritt, Tanya Tucker, Josh Turner, the Oak Ridge Boys, Charlie Daniels, Jamey Johnson, Montgomery Gentry and Sam Moore, among others, were previously announced to appear at the sold-out tribute.
“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.”
All previously-announced artists are currently being reconfirmed for the Nov. 22 concert.
Widely considered the greatest country singer in history, Jones’ hits include “He Stop Loving Her Today,” “She Thinks I Still Care,” “The Race Is On,” “Love Bug,” “Walk Through This World With Me,” “A Good Year for the Roses,” “A Picture of Me Without You” and “The Grand Tour.”
He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1992. He was a recipient at the 2008 Kennedy Center Honors and was presented the Grammy’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012.