The Grand Ole Opry dedicated its shows over the weekend to the late George Jones.
Friday's sold-out Opry performance featured surprise guest Brad Paisley, who closed the show with "Amazing Grace" with Jon Conlee. Montgomery Gentry performed "Who's Gonna Fill Their Shoes," while Christian country artist Jason Crabb covered "He Stopped Loving Her Today." At Saturday's show, newcomers Kristen Kelly and Morgan Frazier performed "Choices" and "White Lightning," respectively.
The fate of what would have been the Possum's final concert is up in the air. George was booked to headline a sold-out, all-star show November 22 at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena with performances by Garth Brooks, Kid Rock, the Oak Ridge Boys, Charlie Daniels Band, Dierks Bentley, Cyndi Lauper and Billy Ray Cyrus. According to the Tennessean, Keith Richards also planned to attend the show. In a handwritten note to the Possum, Keith wrote, "Thank you so much for asking me to your gig. It's a real honor for me. I'll be there by hook or by crook, and I'm 'Gonna Burn Your Playhouse Down.'"