GEORGE JONES CELEBRATED AT NASHVILLE TRIBUTE CONCERT

11/23/13

Link: http://blogs.tennessean.com/tunein/2013/11/22/stars-remember-george-jones-at-nashville-tribute-concert/

Posted on November 22, 2013 by Dave Paulson

CLICK FOR PHOTO GALLERY: Alan Jackson and Nancy Jones at ‘Playin’ Possum: The Final No Show’ at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn., November 22, 2013 (photo: John Partiplio/The Tennessean)
CLICK FOR PHOTO GALLERY: Alan Jackson and Nancy Jones at ‘Playin’ Possum: The Final No Show’ at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn., November 22, 2013 (photo: John Partiplio/The Tennessean)
It was a long and loud musical celebration at Bridgestone Arena Friday night, and George Jones wouldn’t have had it any other way.

Before the Country Music Hall of Famer’s death in April at age 81, he and his management were planning a Nov. 22 farewell concert at the Nashville venue with dozens of guest performers — friends that he couldn’t stand to leave out of the occasion.

Soon, that final concert before Jones’ retirement turned into a tribute to the late country legend, and the guest-list only grew.

Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood, George Strait, Alan Jackson, Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton were among more than 100 performers who took the stage at Bridgestone during the almost-four-hour concert to sing more than 40 songs made famous by the “King of Broken Hearts.”

Six months after Jones’ somber funeral at the Grand Ole Opry House, Friday’s concert was celebratory, filled with funny stories and fond memories.

“During the funeral, we mourned George,” said TV personality Keith Bilbrey, one of the show’s many co-hosts. “Tonight, we celebrate him.”

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