A public memorial for country great Johnny Cash will be held on November 12 at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville. The service will be free and open to the public, according to a spokesperson for Cash.
Cash, 71, hosted his prime-time television variety show from the stage of the Ryman more than 30 years ago. Such performers as Stevie Wonder, Neil Young, Merle Haggard, Bob Dylan, James Taylor and Linda Ronstadt appeared on the program.
Written and musical tributes from friends and family are scheduled for the memorial, but the spokesperson said a list of speakers has not yet been finalized. The Ryman has a capacity of 2,300 and tickets will be distributed for the event. Details on how to obtain tickets and what time the memorial will take place are expected soon.
A private funeral was held for Cash on September 15 near his home in Hendersonville, Tennessee, three days after the singer died from diabetes-related complications (see "Johnny Cash Dead At 71"). The funeral, attended by 1,000 friends and family members, was held at First Baptist Church, the same place the service was held for Cash's wife, June Carter Cash, after she passed away in May (see "Country Star June Carter Cash, Wife Of Johnny Cash, Dies At 73"). Among those paying tribute to Cash were his daughter Rosanne Cash, singer/songwriter Kris Kristofferson and former Vice President Al Gore. Emmylou Harris and Sheryl Crow performed the traditional song "The Old Rugged Cross" and Bob Dylan's "Every Grain of Sand" (see "Johnny Cash Mourned At Funeral In Tennessee").
To learn more about the infamous Man in Black, check out Kurt Loder's "Johnny Cash: Original Gangsta."