George Strait reveals final leg of farewell trek
Country superstar George Strait has released the itinerary for what he says will be the last tour dates of his career, putting an end to the 15-month "The Cowboy Rides Away" farewell tour next May.
The King of Country spent the first half of 2013 trekking across the U.S. on the first leg of the final outing, and he will return to the road early next year for the final leg. Strait will begin Jan. 9 in Bossier City, LA, and visit 26 major markets from coast to coast before wrapping up in late May in Dallas. That specific date will be announced soon.
Strait, who announced his retirement last September, will feature a variety of opening acts for the last leg of the tour. These include Martina McBride, Jason Aldean, Eric Church, Sheryl Crow, Ronnie Dunn, Vince Gill, Miranda Lambert, Merle Haggard and Lee Ann Womack. Tickets for the final outing go on sale to the general public beginning Sept. 27.
"The first leg of the tour earlier this year was very fun, but also very emotional," Strait said in a press release. "Every city and venue holds such great memories. I'm really looking forward to seeing our fans out on the road in 2014."
Strait most recently unveiled "Here for a Good Time," his 39th studio album, in Sept. 2011. The effort, which was recorded at Shrimpboat Sound Studio in Key West, FL, peaked at No. 3 on The Billboard 200 and at the top of the magazine's Country Albums chart.
The Grammy winner has sold more than 68 million albums since his 1981 studio debut, "Straight Country" and holds the record for most No. 1 hit singles in any genre with 59 singles.
9 - Bossier City, LA - CenturyLink Center
10 - Austin, TX - Frank Erwin Center
17 - Omaha, NE - CenturyLink Center Omaha
18 - Kansas City, MO - Sprint Center
30 - San Jose, CA - SAP Center at San Jose
31 - San Diego, CA - Valley View Casino Center
1 - Las Vegas, NV - MGM Grand Garden Arena
7 - Phoenix, AZ - US Airways Center
8 - Los Angeles, CA - Staples Center
14 - Auburn Hills, MI - The Palace of Auburn Hills
15 - Columbus, OH - Nationwide Arena
28 - Philadelphia, PA - Wells Fargo Center
1 - Newark, NJ - Prudential Center
7 - Louisville, KY - KFC Yum! Center
8 - Rosemont, IL - Allstate Arena
21 - Nashville, TN - Bridgestone Arena
22 - Atlanta, GA - Philips Arena
4 - Wichita, KS - Intrust Bank Arena
5 - Denver, CO - Pepsi Center
11 - Portland, OR - Moda Center
12 - Tacoma, WA - Tacoma Dome
18 - Des Moines, IA - Wells Fargo Arena
19 - Tulsa, OK - BOK Center
23 - Baton Rouge, LA - Bayou Country Fest
24 - Foxboro, MA - Gillette Stadium
TBD - Dallas, TX - Cowboys Stadium