HARDY and Lainey Wilson have joined the lineup for “Reportin’ for Duty: A Tribute to Leslie Jordan.” The show will be held at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville on February 19. Other artists joining the lineup include Tanya Tucker, Ruby Amanfu, Charlie Worsham, and Katie Pruitt.
Artists who are set to celebrate his life and career with performances include Eddie Vedder, Maren Morris, Brothers Osborne, Brittney Spencer, Billy Strings, Lukas Nelson, Jake Wesley Rogers, Ashley McBryde, Fancy Hagood, Jelly Roll, Danny Myrick, and Travis Howard. They will perform in addition to special appearances by Jim Parsons, Anthony Mason, Mayim Bialik, Cheyenne Jackson, Max Greenfield, Margaret Cho, Robyn Schall, and Leanne Morgan.
Money raised from the show will benefit a cause close to Jordan’s heart, the EB Research Partnership, an organization dedicated to funding research to treat and cure Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB).
Leslie Jordan passed away on October 24, 2022, in a car accident in Hollywood after suffering cardiac arrest. Dolly Parton made a special appearance on the Fox TV Show Call Me Kat in January to honor Jordan. Before showing a montage of his happy and fun moments on the show, the screen cut to Dolly sitting in a black dress, and she began to sing “The Soul of Man Never Dies.” She said, “Now that’s some lines from the song you and I did together. I know usually, at a memorial, people talk about somebody. Well, I’m gonna talk to you because there is that place on the other side, and I’m certainly gonna see you there, little brother. You left a lot of people here with a lot of precious, precious memories.”
“Everybody loved you, but I doubt that many of them loved you more than I did. Anyhow, I just want you to know that we all love you, we all miss you, and I bet you’re having a big laugh about all of us being sad and sorrowful, and I know that would the last thing you would want us to be. So, anyway, you made us happy while you were here, and we are happy you are at peace, and I just want you to know that I (starts singing) will always love you.” She then blows kisses and says, “Goodbye, my sweet Leslie.”