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Megadeth to Perform at George Jones Tribute Concert

Image courtesy of Facebook.com/Megadeth (via ABC News Radio)
Image courtesy of Facebook.com/Megadeth (via ABC News Radio)

You normally wouldn’t associate Megadeth with country music, but it appears the guys are fans of the late country singing legend George Jones . The band has just signed up to participate in a tribute concert, now called Playin' Possum! The Final No Show. 

Frontman Dave Mustaine notes Megadeth will be covering Jones’ “Wild Irish Rose” for the event, which will take place on November 22 at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena. “While 'Wild Irish Rose,' may be an unexpected choice with so many great songs to choose from, it is a perfect example of Mr. Jones way of reaching inside every one of us, and making us aware that we all have pain," Mustaine says in a statement. “By far the most pain a man can endure, sadly as so many of our Vietnam Vets know, is to come home and find no one wants him. In the end, as so many do, they end their days inside of a bottle, as ‘Rose’ knows too well."

The tribute concert has been sold out for months now, and was originally planned as George Jones' farewell show before he passed away earlier this year. Other bands set to take the stage at the event include Kid Rock and country stars Brad Paisley , Martina McBride , Loretta Lynn , George Strait , Reba , Alan Jackson , Blake Shelton , Miranda Lambert , Eric Church , Alabama , Thompson Square , and Dierks Bentley .

The title "Playin' Possum! The Final No Show" is a tongue-in-cheek reference to two of Jones's nicknames: the Possum, and No-Show Jones, the latter taken from his frequent habit at one time of not bothering to show up for scheduled performances.

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