George Strait’s Final Concert Breaks National Attendance Record [Pictures]
George Strait’s final show in Arlington, Texas was big, in fact it was the biggest ever. Strait’s the Cowboy Rides Away Tour finale broke an indoor concert attendance record for North America.
With just over 104K people packed into the AT&T Stadium to see the concert, Strait broke a 33-year-old record of 87.5K set by the Rolling Stones. Fans were treated to 40 songs, and guest appearances from Jason Aldean, Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Miranda Lambert and many more.
In total the 62-year-old played 20 of his No. 1 hits, plus covers of songs like ‘Jackson’ and ‘Folsom Prison Blues’ by Johnny Cash. The set ended with ‘Undwound’ before fans brought him back to the stage for an encore. Every guest star came along with him to sing three songs, closing with ‘The Cowboy Rides Away’ from his 'Does Fort Worth Ever Cross Your Mind' album.
“I knew it would be kind of emotional but I was still a little surprised to feel it that strongly,” Strait told People afterward. “The first three or four shows in 2013 were the toughest, but every night it was in the back of my mind to take it all in, because I probably wouldn’t ever come back there again. It made me want to put on the best show we’ve ever done there. I hope we did that. I feel like we did."
The concert closes a storied chapter in Strait’s life and career. He’ll no longer tour regularly, although he hasn’t ruled out playing select dates each year. Previously he’d even suggested that he’d entertain an offer for a Las Vegas residency.
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