Rimes' tweet causes confusion about Arlington Music Hall

Posted 7:19am on Saturday, May. 04, 2013

Singer LeAnn Rimes is pretty active on Twitter, where she goes by her married name, LeAnn Rimes Cibrian, and where she can be entertaining, blunt, occasionally defensive -- and has more than half a million followers, meaning that sometimes things can get misinterpreted.

On Friday, Rimes tweeted: “Just found out that the show where I started, the Johnnie High Country Music Review is shutting its doors soon. So sad to see that go!”

Maybe it was the “shutting its doors” part, but that led to several calls and emails to Arlington Music Hall, which is home to Arlington LIVE!, which was formerly known as the Johnnie High Country Music Revue, which is indeed where Rimes got her start as a pre-teen singing phenom.

To clarify: Arlington Music Hall s not closing its doors. In fact, it has concerts coming up featuring country singers Joe Diffie and John Anderson (separately) and former Arlington resident B.J. Thomas, as well as Symphony Arlington.

But things are changing for Arlington LIVE! The weekly revue has not been selling well, and will no longer be weekly, or even regularly scheduled.

But Arlington LIVE! is not going away completely. A Music Hall representative forwarded a letter from Burk Collins, the Arlington developer behind the Center Street Station project, which included the renovation of the music hall.

“We have decided to discontinue our regular Saturday-night shows,” Collins, who is also an Arlington LIVE! cast member, says in the letter. “Our last ‘regularly occurring’ show will be on Saturday, May 4. Even though we will not have the show on a weekly/biweekly basis, we will continue with our specialty shows, such as our Rock-N-Roll Oldies Shows, Traditional Country Shows and Christmas Shows. As soon as these dates are scheduled, we will inform you in a timely manner.”

Once again, the hall will continue to host national touring acts and the Symphony Arlington.

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