Other country stars have come and gone, but George Strait has essentially defined country music for more than 30 years. Now the Texas native is ending his touring career with a flourish, as he will perform the final show of his The Cowboy Rides Away Tour at AT&T Stadium in Arlington.
The end of Strait's days on the road comes as no surprise; he had previously announced that this will be his last tour, even though he will continue to put out records. But the location of his final concert was in doubt until Monday's announcement at Jerry World.
Strait has already completed one leg of his farewell tour; the second leg, which starts January 9, 2014, in Bossier City, Louisiana, will hit 26 different cities. The actual date for his AT&T Stadium concert is not yet known, although it will most likely be in June 2014, as the final announced date of the tour is May 31 at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts.
Strait plans to have one big country singer or band open for him at every stop, including Jason Aldean, Eric Church, Sheryl Crow, Ronnie Dunn, Vince Gill, Merle Haggard, Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, Martina McBride, Lee Ann Womack and Chris Young.
Although plans have not been announced for the final concert, it seems likely that most, if not all, of those stars will pay tribute in one way or another at that show.
Strait is still under contract for five more albums, so a few one-off concerts in the future wouldn't be a shock. The cowboy may be riding away, but staying away is harder than it seems.