George Jones Tribute Concert Adds Brad Paisley, Loretta Lynn, Megadeth
The star power continues to increase for next month’s George Jones tribute concert.
Brad Paisley, Loretta Lynn, Martina McBride, Ronnie Milsap, Big & Rich, Lee Ann Womack, Craig Morgan, Thompson Square and Bill Anderson have all been added to the Nov. 22 line-up, along with one unlikely addition, heavy metal rock band Megadeth. The group will perform Jones’ song, ‘Wild Irish Rose.’
“George Jones had a way of putting his finger right into your wounds and letting you know, ‘I understand. I know your pain,’ Megadeth’s lead singer Dave Mustaine explains.
“While ‘Wild Irish Rose’ may be an unexpected choice with so many great songs to choose from, it is a perfect example of Mr. Jones’ way of reaching inside every one of us, and making us aware that we all have pain. By far the most pain a man can endure, sadly as so many of our Vietnam vets know, is to come home and find no one wants him. In the end, as so many do, they end their days inside of a bottle, as ‘Rose’ knows too well.”
Previously announced performers for the show, called Playin’ Possum! The Final No Show, include George Strait, Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert, Eric Church, Reba McEntire, Alabama, Alan Jackson, Dierks Bentley, Travis Tritt, Tanya Tucker, Josh Turner, the Oak Ridge Boys, Charlie Daniels, Jamey Johnson and Montgomery Gentry.
Jones passed away on April 26, after battling respiratory problems and other health issues. The concert was originally scheduled to be his farewell concert, and he planned to share the evening with many of the artists who are still scheduled to perform.
The concert, which will be held at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena, is sold out.