George Jones announces 2013 farewell tour
Though in the midst of a summer and fall outing, country legend George Jones has unveiled plans for what's being billed as the final trek of his career, aptly titled "The Grand Tour."
The Texas native, who is currently touring the eastern U.S., will visit approximately 60 markets on the 2013 farewell outing. Those dates will be revealed in the coming weeks. The musician also intends to release one more studio album, which will likely feature songs penned by Dolly Parton, according to a press release. No word yet on when that collection might hit retailers.
Jones has 26 major-market stops on his current itinerary, beginning with a show Friday evening (8/17) in Savannah, GA, and pushing through a Dec. 15 performance in Jackson, TN.
"The Grand Tour" will cap off more than 50 years of touring for Jones, who holds the title of second best-selling country artist of all time, according to a press release. The 80-year-old musician then plans to spend more time with his wife, children and grandchildren.
"It is tough to stop doing what I love, but the time has come," Jones succinctly stated in a press release.
In April, Jones cancelled a number of shows due to an upper respiratory infection.
17 - Savannah, GA - Johnny Mercer Theater
18 - Durham, NC - Durham Performing Arts Center
30 - Woodstock, VA - Shenandoah County Fair
31 - Northampton, MA - Calvin Theatre
7 - Biloxi, MS - IP Casino
8 - Houston, TX - Arena Theatre
21 - Huntington, WV - Big Sandy Superstore Arena
22 - Myrtle Beach, SC - Alabama Theater
28 - Manistee, MI - Little River Casino
29 - Fort Wayne, IN - Embassy Theatre
4 - Wichita, KS - Orpheum Theater
5 - Arlington, TX - Arlington Music Hall
12 - Branson, MO - The Mansion Theatre
13 - Renfro Valley, KY - Renfro Valley Entertainment Center
26 - Wichita Falls, TX - Kay Yeager Coliseum
27 - Midland, TX - Wagner Noel Performing Arts Center
2 - Mahnomen, MN - Shooting Star Casino
3 - Deadwood, SD - Deadwood Mountain Grand Casino
9 - Branson, MO - The Mansion Theatre
10 - Morton, MN - Jackpot Junction Casino
16 - Peoria, IL - Peoria Civic Center
17 - Hiawassee, GA - Anderson Music Hall
23 - Winnie, TX - Nutty Jerry's Winnie Arena
24 - Bossier City, LA - Horseshoe Casino
1 - Elizabeth, IN - Horseshoe Casino
15 - Jackson, TN - Carl Perkins Civic Center