Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood, Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton and even Megadeth made it out to Nashville for the tribute concert
The great George Jones was honoured by some of the biggest names in country and western music this week, as the stars came out in force to the George Jones Tribute Concert at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena on Friday, 22 November. The widely acclaimed country star country, who sadly passed away earlier this year on 23 April, was honoured for four hours straight by some huge names performing Jones' greatest hits.
George Jones passed away earlier this year
The evening began (via Billboard) with the sole piece of stock footage featuring Jones, the video for his sigle 'No Show Jones,' yet despite his absence from the jumbo screens on stage, his memory never left the arena during the event billed as 'The Final No Show.'
The starts of country and the southern music scene all paid their respects to the late icon.
The late, great George Jones was honored this Friday at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena Friday. The night was originally intended to celebrate the country icon’s retirement, but after his death last April, it was held as a sort of posthumous tribute. Billed as 'Playin' Possum: The Final No-Show,' the sold-out concert featured acts ranging from Garth Brooks and GEORGE STRAIT to Kid Rock and MEGADETH, USA Today reports.
The late George Jones defined the face of country music for most of the 20th century.
"During the funeral, we mourned George; tonight we celebrate," former Grand Ole Opry announcer Keith Bilbrey told the crowd at the start of the show. The performances ran on for over four hours, in order to accommodate the 112 artists, performing in memory of Jones. "Talk about wrangling cats!" Co-host Charlie Chase quipped early on in the show. "Everybody I've talked to says they're going on early," Dierks Bentley said backstage.
"Cowboy" Jack Clement, a country music legend, died yesterday of liver cancer aged 82. He worked through his extensive career with the likes of Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Dolly Parton.
Jack Clement, a Nashville country music legend, died yesterday (8th August) at the age of 82. He had been suffering from cancer of the liver and died at his home in Nashville, according to reports in The Tennessean.
Jerry Lee Lewis, photographed performing in Las Vegas in 2011, worked with Jack Clement.
Over his 50 year career, Clement worked with artists hailing from all genres of music. Despite his interests lying primarily in country music, he has produced records by Rock, Jazz, Bluegrass and Gospel amongst many others.
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The three days since his operation haven't brought any noticeable change.
Randy Travis’s struggle to recover after a stroke continues, and there are very few encouraging developments to report. The country star is still in a critical condition at a Nashville Tennessee hospital. His doctors report that Randy is heavily sedated, and has remained so since the emergency brain surgery he underwent after suffering a stroke.
Randy's condition hasn't improved much since Wednesday.
The singer has been hospitalized since Sunday, when he was signed in with congestive heart failure, due to a viral infection. While Travis was recovering from his heart problems, he suffered a stroke on Wednesday night. The professionals at The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano were quick to react and Travis went under the knife for an operation to relieve the pressure on his brain. Unfortunately, while the operation had the desired effect, the 54-year-old singer remains in critical condition.
Country singer Randy Travis is currently in a "critical condition" in hospital after heart complications.
US country singer Randy Travis currently lies in a "critical condition" after being admitted to a Dallas hospital on Sunday, according to the Associated Press. 54 year-old Travis is said be being treated for viral cardiomyopathy, which is a condition that prevents the heart contracting - therefore pumping blood - as efficiently as it should. The serious condition, in Travis' case a viral one, can lead to heart failure yet can be treated with medication, surgically implanted devices, or a full heart transplant. It is not known why or where Travis came into contact with the virus but his body's defences could have been weakened by the tiring string of touring he has undertaken recently, having performed at several high-profile occasions including the funeral of 'White Lightning' singer/songwriter George Jones and Country Music Association Festival's nightly concert series.
Randy Travis Is A Successful Country Musician But Has Had Problems With Drink In The Past.
The North Carolina-born country singer had also recently set about straightening his reputation after several alcohol-related public incidents that the 'Three Wooden Crosses' singer would rather put behind him. As reported by CBS News, Travis was arrested for public intoxication in January 2012 after police responded to reports of a suspicious car parked outside a Baptist church, with Travis found inside smelling of alcohol with an open bottle of wine in his possession. He was detained for four hours and later apologised for his actions, saying he's been celebrating the Super Bowl. However, in August of the same year, Travis was found lying drunk and naked on a remote stretch of Texan road after losing control of his Pontiac Trans Am. He resisted police's intervention and also reportedly threatened "to shoot and kill the troopers working the case," thus receiving two years probation, a $2,000 fine and a 180-day suspended jail sentence.
Randy Travis is believed to be suffering from a heart condition caused by a virus.
American country star Randy Travis is in a critical condition in hospital with a heart condition thought to be caused by a virus. The singer-songwriter - who has won several Grammys and Country Music Association awards - spent the night in a Dallas hospital, his publicist told the BBC.
The 54-year-old has struggled with health and legal problems in recent years, pleading guilty to drink-driving in January after being found drunk and naked following a car crash in Texas. However, Travis has made several high-profile appearances since then, including a performance at the funeral of fellow country star George Jones in May.
In June, he performed a well-attended concert in Nashville and told fans he had finished recording an album of country classics.
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Country's finest will be out to honor star
George Jones final concert was supposed to be on November 22nd of this year, however with the country star sadly now deceased, having passed away last month, the gig that will take place will in fact be a tribute concert honoring the great songwriter.
Jones hasn’t always bothered the country charts but he’s always been regarded as one of the finest country singers ever, and the list of stars that his widow Nancy Jones has put together to perform at the show, which will take place in country heartland Nashville, is phenomenal. Talking to USA Today, Jones commented "Everyone has been asking if we will still do the show," adding "I have asked Garth (Brooks), 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."
During his long career, Jones amassed 14 number one Country chart hits in the US, in a span stretching from 1959 to 1983. He passed away after being hospitalized for fever and irregular blood pressure and was 81 years old at the time of his death.
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Tributes from around the globe have been paid to George Jones over the past week.
Country legend George Jones' funeral takes place today. He died on Friday (April 26, 2013), at the age of 81 and a report from CBC news earlier today revealed that the former First Lady Laura Bush will be amongst those paying their final respects to the late music star. Joining Bush will be country stars including Charlie Daniels, Randy Travis, Tanya Tucker and Brad Paisley. Kenny Chesney and Barbara Mandrell are also expected at the funeral, which was scheduled to take place at the Grand Ole Opry.
Jones was an inspiration to many a performer, both inside the country music community and beyond. Musicians as diverse as crooner Frank Sinatra, Pete Townshend of The Who and songwriter James Taylor are known to have been influenced by the work of George Jones. In 2012, he announced a final tour that would become his grand farewell to country music.
Jones gained himself a reputation as something of a hard-drinking Texan man, who struggled with addiction problems as well as having on-going financial problems. However, his image never really overshadowed the respect that people had for Jones as a song writer and performer. He had been a member of the Grand Ole Opry since 1956 and was inducted into the US Country Music Hall of Fame in 1992. In 2008, he was also celebrated at the annual Kennedy Center Honors.
The music world lost George Jones and Chris Kelly, while the two Lily's - James and Collins - landed the biggest movies roles of their careers. Oh, and Tyler the Creator made the most racist ad ever, apparently.
Why Baby Why: The country music world lost a true legend in the shape of George Jones last week. The musician was dubbed No Show George for his unpredictability throughout his touring career though he never failed to entertain and certainly had a tale to tell. The musical luminaries turned out en masse for his funeral too.
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George Jones' funeral will be a public event, it has been confirmed.
Fans of the late country music star George Jones are invited to say their final goodbyes to the singer at his funeral on May 2 at the Grand Old Opry House in Nashville, Tennessee at 10am. A press release confirmed that the ceremony would be open to the public, while a private visitation for family, friends and fellow performers would take place on Wednesday evening.
"George would have wanted his fans and friends everywhere to be able to come and pay their respects along with his family," his publicist Kirt Webster said. Jones' widow Nancy added, "Thanks to George's friends, fans, and loved ones for the outpouring of love at this terrible time." The 81-year-old star, known for his notorious lifestyle during the height of his fame, passed away at Vanderbilt University Medical Center on Friday evening (April 26, 2013) where had been hospitalized for a week with a fever and irregular blood pressure. The immediate cause of death remains unclear.
Jones - who earned the nickname 'No Show Jones' for his propensity to miss concerts - struggled with alcohol and drugs. However, Country Music Hall of Fame staffer Michael McCall believes Jones' career survived the setbacks because fans could relate to his flawed character. "They identified that it wasn't him being a jerk. It was him struggling with addictions and struggling with himself. It wasn't that he walked out on stage and cussed 'em out-although he may have done that, too-but they saw that this was a man struggling with himself and not somebody who was just high and mighty and being a jerk," he told Billboard.
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Jones' contributions to country music are undeniable, but his music was often fueled by personal pain and loss.
This week country music lost one of its greatest voices, George Jones. Jones was one of the most beloved performers in country because of the emotion he imbued in his songs. His voice, which was just rough enough to complement the music and soft and gentle, whenever the song demanded it, earned him a place in the Country Music Hall Of Fame. Not only that, but Jones had the accomplishment of having number one songs in five consecutive decades. His music transcended the country genre and the generational gap.
Country superstar Alan Jackson – who had known Jones for years – told TMZ: “Well, heaven better get ready for some great country music," adding: "While George was known for his wild and crazy days, I’ve known him for 25 years as a friend. He had grown into a real good man. Of course, he will always be the greatest singer and interpreter of real country music – there’ll never be another."
Indeed, while being revered for his musical capabilities, Jones also had his share of problems with heartbreak and substance abuse. Part of the appeal of his emotive music was that it came from a very real and personal place. George Jones sang of his own lost loves and his own self destruction and the personal quality of his music was what redeemed him in the eyes of friends and colleagues. He died of respiratory failure at the age of 81. His family, fans and colleagues mourn his passing.
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