November 23, 2013


Tribute to Country Legend George Jones Seriously Crossed Genres

Rick Diamond
Rick Diamond

Think a tribute for country legend George Jones, who died last April at 81, would be made up of just country stars? Think again! Last night, musicians from many different genres came together to honor the Nashville god.

The tribute was a marathon of artists playing back-to-back songs for hours at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville. The date was actually originally the planned last stop on Jones' last tour before he died.

It was thus, aptly named "Playin' Possum: The Final No Show." Jone's rocking chair sat on the stage as artists like Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, Kid Rock, Megadeth, George Strait and many more covered Jone's hits.

Megadeth lead singer, Dave Mustaine explained his band's relationship with the country godfather's music to USA Today:

"Heavy metal is all about rebellion, and George was definitely a rebel."

Megadeth covered a 1998 single, which never charted called "Wild Irish Rose."

Other high points of the night included Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert's duet on "These Days (I Barely Get By)" and Kid Rock's interpretation of "White Lightning."

The entire performance lasted more than four hours and included dozens of acts performing more than 40 songs from Jone's back catalog.

Quite the tribute for quite the legend.