I never thought this day would come, but the 'possum' is ready to retire from the road.  When I read the press release announcing that George Jones was ready to stop touring, I was somewhat sad to see another legend get ready to pull off the road.  However, we are so thankful he toured as long as he did, with many stops right here in the Northeast.

After over fifty years of touring, 80 year-old George Jones has decided he is ready to slow down and spend more time with his wife, children and grandchildren.  The 'He Stopped Loving Her Today' singer was quoted as saying "It is tough to stop doing what I love, but the time has come". As a tribute to his loyal fans he wants to tour one more year and let them know, this will be his last.

The Grand Tour will visit approximately 60 cities in 2013.  Tour dates for 2013 have yet to be announced. Meanwhile, 'the greatest living country singer of all-time' continues to play dates through the end of the year, after battling a nasty upper-respitory infection that caused him to stay off the road in the winter of 2012.

George Jones on Tour (2012)
08/10 – Boonville, MO – Isle of Capri
08/11 – Lula, MS – Isle of Capri
08/17 – Savannah, GA – Johnny Mercer Theater
08/18 – Durham, NC – Durham Perf. Arts Ctr.
08/30 – Woodstock, VA – Shenandoah County Fair
08/31 – Northampton, MA – Calvin Theatre
09/07 – Biloxi, MS – IP Casino
09/08 – Houston, TX – Arena Theatre
09/21 – Huntington, WV – Big Sandy Superstore Arena
09/22 – Myrtle Beach, SC – Alabama Theater
09/28 – Manistee, MI – Little River Casino
09/29 – Fort Wayne, IN – Embassy Theatre
10/04 – Wichita, KS – Orpheum Theater
10/05 – Arlington, TX – Arlington Music Hall
10/12 – Branson, MO – The Mansion Theatre
10/13 – Renfro Valley, KY – Renfro Valley Ent. Ctr.
10/26 – Wichita Falls, TX – Kay Yeager Coliseum
10/27 – Midland, TX – Wagner Noel Perf. Arts Ctr.
11/02 – Mahnomen, MN – Shooting Star Casino
11/03 – Deadwood, SD – Deadwood Mountain Grand Casino
11/09 – Branson, MO – The Mansion Theatre
11/10 – Morton, MN – Jackpot Junction Casino
11/16 – Peoria, IL – Peoria Civic Center
11/17 – Hiawassee, GA – Anderson Music Hall
11/23 – Winnie, TX – Nutty Jerry’s Winnie Arena
11/24 – Bossier City, LA – Horseshoe Casino
12/01 – Elizabeth, IN – Horseshoe Casino
12/15 – Jackson, TN – Carl Perkins Civic Center

By the way, the legend also plans to record a new studio album for the fans, with some songs written by Dolly Parton.  According to the press release, It will be an album he loves and wants to do.  There is no scheduled street date at this time.