George Strait has thrilled country music fans for decades, is going to give his final tour performance Saturday night in Arlington, Texas. George Strait has been country music for millions of his devoted fans for his entire 40 year long career, and he still provokes a response bordering on idolization from many of his female fans, in particular. Though he will still likely continue to make records and appearances in videos and awards shows, Saturday night marks his last concert tour performance.
George Strait, 62, will have many country musicians opening up for him and performing with him, but he will undoubtedly still be the main reason why the huge crowd that is expected to attend the show at the home of the Dallas Cowboys, Texas At&T stadium, will be there. Strait was the very first musical act to play at the stadium, around five years ago. Among the other musicians who will be performing will be Eric Church, Vince Gill, Martina McBride, Jason Aldean, Alan Jackson, Sheryl Crowe and Miranda Lambert.
The year 1975 was when George Strait first began recording with his now-famous Ace in the Hole band. Strait began this last tour, dubbed The Cowboy Rides Away, 17 months ago. The tour has gone to 31 different states, and every one of the 45 stadiums and arenas he’s played during the tour has sold out. It’s been estimated that during The Cowboy Rides Away tour, Strait has played in front of approximately 1 million fans.
George Strait remarked in a press conference back in September how the tour would be a “bittersweet” one for him, as he would know that he would “never play again” in some of the stadiums. Strait, whose songs have topped Billboard’s country music charts more often than any other country music singer’s songs have, has shown his fans a lot of love throughout his career through his music and concert performances, and they have responded by their cheers and applause, buying his albums, and buying tickets to the King of Country’s concerts.
Tonight, for the last concert performance of his career, George Strait will be wearing his trademark look of a white Resistol cowboy hat. The band Asleep at the Wheel will open the show, which is expected to last about three hours. Other country musicians will join him throughout the farewell concert event, singing songs with him. Besides the ones mentioned above, others will also perform with him, like Kenny Chesney and Lee Ann Womack. Each of the performers will sing three songs with Strait.
Kenny Chesney has called the two years he spent early on in his career touring with George Strait “the most educational two summers of my touring life.” He stated that he thinks of George Strait as being “my hero and my friend.”
George Strait and the other country musicians performing with him will be on a stage right in the middle of the AT&T stadium. Strait has stated that he loves that sort of setup, which reminds him of when he started out playing “in clubs around Texas” when it seemed as if “the audience was literally right there at the edge of the stage.” The King of Country intends to make sure that Saturday night’s concert “will be a hell of an ending for this tour.”
Written by: Douglas Cobb