News Channel 5
Updated: Nov 22, 2013 1:29 PM CST
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Five hundred tickets that were released Friday morning for the George Jones tribute concert at Bridgestone Arena sold out quickly.
The “Playing Possum: The Final NO SHOW” tribute concert will be Friday night, with more than 112 artists performing.
Jones’ widow Nancy was at the arena for the rehearsals Thursday night. She tried to visit with as many people as she could.
“Oh my God, it’s like a family reunion, I’m seeing people I haven’t seen in years. I love it. I feel the warmth of everybody that’s here. It’s unbelievable, unbelievable,” Jones said.
George Jones started planning his final concert more than a year ago, and even back then Jones knew he would be a no show.
“He said, ‘I am going home. Promise me, and Kirt (Webster) you promise me, it will be a tribute show. just carry it on.’ So we did,” Jones explained.
So many people wanted to be part of the concert, to pay tribute to the legendary singer. According to Jones, the White House contacted her and asked if President Barack Obama could attend the concert. While honored, Jones said, she had to turn down the request.
“We can’t take away somebody that had bought a ticket and say, hey you can’t come to this because the President is coming. No, we couldn’t handle his security,” Jones explained.
The concert is sold out, fans will still be able to watch the show. Jones will put several large screens on the plaza at Bridgestone Arena so fans can still see and hear the concert.
The show starts at 7:30 p.m. and is expected to last for four hours.