Country legends Johnny Lee and Mickey Gilley will be joining forces to co-headline the “Urban Cowboy Reunion Tour” beginning January 26. The two friends are reuniting for a series of live concert dates throughout 2018.
The tour kicks off in Stafford, Texas and will visit cities all across the country, including Nevada, Oklahoma, Minnesota, Louisiana and Pennsylvania. After working together for over 50 years, Gilley and Lee have a friendship and stage chemistry that goes unmatched. The duo can be seen throughout the year in their hometown of Branson, Mo. at Mickey Gilley’s Shanghai Theater.
The tour reunites two of the stars of the 1980 iconic ‘Urban Cowboy’ film. The movie depicts a young man, played by John Travolta who learns about life and love in a Houston bar called “Gilley’s,” which was a real-life honky-tonk owned and operated by Gilley himself and still exists today in multiple cities. This country classic played an integral role in the careers of both Mickey Gilley and Johnny Lee, among other artists, catapulting them and their music into the spotlight.
“I'm really, really happy about going out on the road with my good friend Mickey Gilley and doing the 'Urban Cowboy Reunion Tour',” says Lee. “We go back a long time, and it is fun sharing stories and music with the fans. This tour is long overdue, and it is gonna be like old times for you with my good friend- and to me that is a good thing.”
“I am thrilled to have the opportunity to tour once again with my good friend. The Urban Cowboy craze kept my career alive for all of these years, and every night when I go to bed, I thank John Travolta for my amazing career. At 81, I am still rockin,” says Gilley.
Urban Cowboy Reunion Tour
Jan. 26 - Stafford, Texas - Redneck Country Club
Feb. 4-10 - Country Music Cruise
Feb. 16 - Corinth, Miss. - Corinth Coliseum
Feb. 24 - Kinder, La. - Coushatta Casino
March 17 - Acoma, N.M. - Sky City Casino
March 21-25 - Laughlin, Nev. - Riverside Resort
April 7 - Philadelphia, Miss. - Pearl River Resort
April 14 - Morton, Minn. - Jackpot Junction Casino
April 15-17 - Branson, Mo. - Mickey Gilley's Shanghai Theater
April 20 - San Angelo, Texas - Spur Arena
April 22-24 - Branson, Mo. - Mickey Gilley's Shanghai Theater
April 26 - Coeur D' Alene, Idaho - Coeur D' Alene Casino
April 28 - St. Michael, N.D. - Spirit Lake Casino
May 4 - Lawton, Okla. - Apache Casino
May 6-8 - Branson, Mo. - Mickey Gilley's Shanghai Theater
May 13-15 - Branson, Mo. - Mickey Gilley's Shanghai Theater
May 20-22 - Branson, Mo. Mickey Gilley's Shanghai Theater
May 27-29 - Branson, Mo. - Mickey Gilley's Shanghai Theater
June 9 - Renfro Valley, Ky. - Renfro Valley Entertainment Center
June 10 - Lancaster, Pa. - American Music Theater
June 15 - Fort Worth, Texas - Private show
July 13 - Kansas City, Mo. - Ameristar Casino
July 14 - Newkirk, Okla. - First Council Casino
July 20 - Houston, Texas - The Stampede
Aug. 2 - Winnemucca, Nev. - Winnemucca Convention Center
Aug. 3-4 - Jackpot, Nev. - Cactus Pete's
Aug. 11 - New Braunfels, Texas - Freheit Country Store
Sept. 2-4 - Branson, Mo. - Mickey Gilley's Shanghai Theater
Sept. 9-11 - Branson, Mo. - Mickey Gilley's Shanghai Theater
Sept. 15 - Midland, Texas - TBA
Sept. 16-18 - Branson, Mo. - Mickey Gilley's Shanghai Theater
Sept. 23-25 - Branson, Mo. - Mickey Gilley's Shanghai Theater
Sept. 30 - Oct. 2 - Branson, Mo. - Mickey Gilley's Shanghai Theater
Oct. 7-9 - Branson, Mo. - Mickey Gilley's Shanghai Theater
Oct. 21-23 - Branson, Mo. - Mickey Gilley's Shanghai Theater
Oct. 28-30 - Branson, Mo. - Mickey Gilley's Shanghai Theater
Nov. 4-6 - Branson, Mo. - Mickey Gilley's Shanghai Theater
Nov. 11-13 - Branson, Mo. - Mickey Gilley's Shanghai Theater
Nov. 18-20 - Branson, Mo. - Mickey Gilley's Shanghai Theater
Nov. 25-27 - Branson, Mo. - Mickey Gilley's Shanghai Theater
Johnny Lee was born on July 3, 1946 in Texas City, Texas and was raised on a Dairy Farm in Alta Loma, Texas. His main interest was Rock ‘N’ Roll, and he led a high school band called Johnny Lee and the Roadrunners, which won local and state-wide competitions. After High School, Lee enlisted in the Navy, serving a tour of duty on the U.S.S. Chicago, a guided missile cruiser, in Vietnam. Immediately upon returning home, he started pursuing his music. In 1968, he began a 10-year working relationship with Mickey Gilley, both on the road and in the nightclub in Pasadena, Texas. Recording with ABC/DOT and GRT Records, had moderate success with “Country Party” (new lyrics added to Rick Nelson’s “Garden Party”) In 1979, Lee’s first screen role was in a 1979 TV Movie, The Girls in the Office, starring Barbara Eden and Susan St. James. He was then asked to perform in the film, Urban Cowboy, which starred John Travolta and Deborah Winger, and for which he also recorded several songs used in the soundtrack. “Lookin’ For Love”, from that same soundtrack, became Lee’s first Gold Record. The song spent 3 weeks at the top of the Billboard Country Music Singles Charts as #1, and #2 on the Pop Music Singles Charts. He followed up “Lookin’ For Love” with “One In A Million”, which spent two weeks at #1. Keep up with all things Johnny Lee at www.theofficialjohnnylee.com.
Country music artist Mickey Gilley has been wowing fans with his haunting sound of Louisiana rhythm and blues since 1957. The Mississippi native grew up with his two famous cousins, Jerry Lee Lewis and Jimmy Swaggart, surrounded by the influence of music. Gilley made his chart topper debut with his song "Is It Wrong For Loving You," in which Kenny Rogers played the guitar. After moving to Pasadena, Texas in 1971, Gilley opened his world famous Honky-Tonk night club. He continued to show chart success with hits like "City Lights" and "Don't the Girls All Get Prettier at Closing Time" both of which reached number one on the Billboard Country Charts. At age 81, Gilley continues to walk out on stage and sing his hits to share his musical career with audiences across the country. Keep up with Mickey on Facebook, Twitter, or visit his website at gilleys.com.