Recently, rumors have been whirling about George Jones‘ ‘declining’ health, which has had fans anxious to hear the latest on Possum. An official release from the singer’s camp this week confirms that the legend is “alive and well, and happy to be touring.”

In fact, Jones is scheduled to appear on average six to eight more shows each month this year, continuing into 2013.

“I love the road,” the singer insists. “I love the fans. I am just a singer and love to sing my songs. Until I’m done, I still don’t need no rockin’ chair. Just gimme’ that stage and I’ll have at it.”

Admittedly, Jones’ energy and motivation is refreshing. The singer will celebrate his 81st birthday on September 12, 2012, but has been eager to hit the stage following several in-and-outs in the hospital this year for an upper-respiratory infection. Meanwhile, Jones has also been attempting to sell his 78-acre Franklin, Tenn. home at auction, but hasn’t had much luck finding a winning bidder.

This summer, Jones announced his forthcoming farewell tour, dubbed the Grand Tour, which is set for 2013.

Remaining George Jones 2012 Tour Dates:

9/7 – Biloxi, Miss. | IP Casino

9/8 – Houston, Texas | Arena Theatre

9/21 – Huntington, W.V. | Big Sandy Superstore Arena

9/22 – Myrtle Beach, S.C. | Alabama Theater

9/28 – Manistee, Mich. | Little River Casino

9/29 – Fort Wayne, Ind. | Embassy Theatre

10/4 – Wichita, Kan. | Orpheum Theater

10/5 – Arlington, Texas | Arlington Music Hall

10/12 – Branson, Mo. | The Mansion Theatre

10/13 – Renfro Valley, Ky. | Renfro Valley Ent. Ctr.

10/26 – Wichita Falls, Texas | Kay Yeager Coliseum

10/27 – Midland, Texas | Wagner Noel Perf. Arts Ctr.

11/2 – Mahnomen, Minn. | Shooting Star Casino

11/3 – Deadwood, S.D. | Deadwood Mountain Grand Casino

11/9 – Branson, Mo. | The Mansion Theatre

11/10 – Morton, Minn. | Jackpot Junction Casino

11/16 – Peoria, Ill. | Peoria Civic Center

11/17 – Hiawassee, Ga. | Anderson Music Hall

11/23 – Winnie, Texas | Nutty Jerry’s Winnie Arena

11/24 – Bossier City, La. | Horseshoe Casino

12/1 – Elizabeth, Ind. | Horseshoe Casino

12/15 – Jackson, Tenn. | Carl Perkins Civic Center

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