George Jones fans will have one last chance to see the legendary country music star in concert before he hangs up his guitar forever. According to MSN, Jones, 81, is preparing a farewell tour for his fans, which is scheduled to begin sometime next year. The engagements, which have been dubbed The Grand Tour, will reportedly consist of approximately 60 dates.
Although Jones admits that saying goodbye to the road is a difficult thing to do, he feels that the time has come for him to bid farewell to his legion of faithful fans. After spending more than 50 years touring the globe, it makes sense that he’s ready to call it quits.
However, just because Jones is giving up life on the road doesn’t mean he’s quitting music altogether. The Los Angeles Times reports that the country legend is preparing to unleash yet another studio album. Dolly Parton is rumored to be contributing songs to the collection as well. Presently, a release date has not been set for the upcoming project.
In addition to winning two Grammy awards and being inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame, George Jones has also released 170 charting singles including the hits “He Stopped Loving Her Today” and “White Lightning”. Jones is considered by many in the industry to be the greatest living country music crooner.
Sadly, Jones’ career has also been plagued by the troubles associated with alcoholism. His crazy lifestyle, coupled with his legendary temper, resulted in a number of canceled shows over the years, earning him the nickname “No Show Jones.” However, with the assistance of his fourth wife, Jones has been sober for ten years.
Various health problems have forced the musician to cancel a number of concert and public appearances over the past few years. However, once The Grand Tour has properly concluded its run, George Jones will be able to devote more time to his wife, children, and grandchildren.