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In what is undoubtedly one of country music's greatest ironies, the final show will go on for the man once nicknamed “No Show Jones.”
What was to originally have been George Jones’ final concert—Nov. 22 at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville—has now been transformed into a tribute, with Garth Brooks and the rest of the all-star lineup still intact.
“Everyone has been asking if we will still do the show,” said George’s widow, Nancy Jones. “I have asked Garth, Kid Rock, Travis Tritt, The Oak Ridge Boys, Montgomery Gentry, Sam Moore, Charlie Daniels, Jamey Johnson and others and they all said, ‘Yes, I am still going to do it.’ So with all the artists still planning on coming, we are going to honor George one final time.”
Legendary country vocalist George Jones passed away April 26 in a Nashville hospital at age 81. His memorial last week attracted fans from around the world, as well as some of country's biggest names, from Alan Jackson to Brad Paisley.
In his last-ever interview, George told Country Weekly that he was looking forward to the November blowout.
“Hopefully, we’re going to sell out the Bridgestone with the help of Kid Rock and a bunch of others. We’re going to have all kinds of music, and I wanted it to be that way, because that’s what Nashville is,” he said in February.
George didn’t have to hope: The concert did sell out. But organizers are advising fans to continue to monitor ticketmaster.com for tickets  that might come available.
Look for more on George Jones and his love story with wife Nancy in the May 20 issue of Country Weekly, on stands this weekend.