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Planned George Jones Show To Go On As Tribute

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Before he passed away last month, George Jones had scheduled a star-packed final concert for November. It turns out the show will go on.

"Everyone has been asking if we will still do the show," Jones' widow, Nancy, said in a statement Tuesday. "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."

The sold-out concert is still scheduled for November 22 at Bridgestone Arena. Fans are encouraged to check with Ticketmaster periodically to see if any other tickets could become available.

Representatives for the late artist said they were in the process of contacting all artists scheduled to perform, and would post a list of all confirmed talent at georgejones.com

The Beaumont, Texas, native was in the midst of a farewell tour that was to have wrapped up with the all-star salute when he died. He postponed two performances and entered the hospital with a fever and irregular blood pressure. He'd been ill off and on over the previous year.

Jones' pure, matchless baritone defined the sound of country music for a half century, and his death brought universal reaction from the music community and fans. Known for hits like "Who's Gonna Fill Their Shoes," ''White Lightning" and "He Stopped Loving Her Today," which Alan Jackson used to close the memorial, Jones had No. 1s in four decades from the 1950s to the 1980s and "Possum" remained a popular figure in Music City until his death.

Jones passed away April 26 at a Nashville hospital at 81. Thousands attended a memorial last week in Nashville to celebrate a defining male voice of country music.

"Brother George taught us how to sing with a broken heart," Vince Gill said at his funeral last Thursday.

Brad Paisley said last Thursday even though Jones has passed on, his legacy is still there, ready to inspire. He urged young viewers who might be tuning in to check out Jones' music.

"You must be thinking, 'Boy, they're making a ruckus,'" Paisley said. "I would encourage you if you don't know him, go find him now. Go buy his records and see what all this ruckus is about because it's worth it."

Jones' funeral was broadcast live on cable music television channels CMT and GAC and - in a nod to simpler times when Jones was at his biggest - on all local television networks.

(The Associated Press Contributed To This Report.)

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