Strait tops StubHub ticket sales for 2014
While 2014 may be known as the year another country artist (Garth Brooks) announced his big comeback, it stood to prove that George Strait is still the real King of Country Music.
According to a new list released by StubHub, Strait had the highest ticket resales of any country tour in 2014, and was second only to British pop sensation One Direction overall. Strait outsold Luke Bryan (who came in at number three on the ticket resale site's year-end list) and Justin Timberlake (who pulled in behind Bryan at number four).
"I don't think we realize how huge country music is," StubHub executive Glen Lehrman told Ad Week. "Traditionally, we think of pop music as the one that is going to drive the most interest in ticket sales – your Beyonce, Katy Perry, Lady Gaga … George Strait didn't do that many dates, but his last concert ever was by far one of the biggest events we had in 2014."
That aforementioned final show took place at the massive AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas (home of the Dallas Cowboys), and was attended by 104,793 fans. It set a record for the largest indoor concert ever in North America, besting the previous attendance mark set by the Rolling Stones all the way back in 1981. The farewell show included surprise appearances by Eric Church, Faith Hill and Miranda Lambert (among others), to wrap Strait's 33-year touring career.
As far as retirement is concerned, don't say the word to Strait. His days on the road may be done, but he has promised at least five more albums of new material in the coming years.
Strait plays final show in Nashville
The Cowboy is riding away in style. In the midst of his final tour, George Strait stopped in Dallas, Texas recently to accept yet another award for his trophy case. Except this one wasn't for his music.
Strait received the T. Boone Pickens Lifetime Sportsman Award from Park Cities Quail, partly due to his commitment to native habitat management on the various ranches he owns in Texas. In other words, consider it a lifetime sportsman award rather than the country equivalent of his many lifetime achievement awards.
Beyond the Lone Star detour, Strait remains immersed in the Cowboy Rides Away tour, and recently took the stage for his final show in Nashville on March 21. And leave it to King George to go out with a bang. Strait was joined on stage by plenty of big names, including Kenny Chesney, Eric Church and Sheryl Crow. Chesney took the stage to help out with "Amarillo by Morning," while Church did the honors on "Cowboys Like Us."
Strait has been touring since 1981 and announced his decision to stop touring in October of 2012. His final concert is scheduled for June 7 in Arlington, Texas. Not only did the show sell out within hours of going on sale, that lineup will again include Chesney, Church, Jason Aldean, Vince Gill, Faith Hill, Alan Jackson, Miranda Lambert, Martina McBride and Lee Ann Womack.
While this is his final "tour," Strait will continue to play select dates around the country after it wraps.
Country's Cowboy Rides Away (Updated July 11, 2013)
"The Cowboy Rides Away" isn't just the title of a song recorded by George Strait in 1985. Nearly three decades later, it has come to represent Strait's swan song in country music, as the living legend recently wrapped up the first leg of his farewell tour.
After 40 albums and (now) 60 number one country singles, it's hard to believe this is the last go-round. But from the opening night in Lubbock, Texas to the final in-the-round performance at San Antonio's Alamodome in front of a record-breaking sold-out crowd of more than 73,000 fans… King George is definitely going out in style.
What's left to say about the man who has done it all? Strait has never tipped his hat any direction but country, and his songs have run the gamut from heart-tugging to toe-tapping, memorable to inspirational. That description is especially true for Strait's current single, "I Believe," a beautifully crafted tribute to the victims of the Newtown school shootings.
"The night's as clear as a big desert sky/ But it's hard to see starts with these tears in my eyes / Yeah, it's hard not to cry / There's twenty-six reasons why," Strait sings. The cut is off his most recent album, "Love is Everything," which bowed to critical release and commercial success on May 14, 2013 via MCA Nashville. It debuted at No. 1 on the Country Albums Chart and No. 2 on the Billboard 2oo, tying him with Paul McCartney for the fourth-most top 10 albums among male artists in history. (Only Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley and Bob Dylan have more).
About George Strait
A fixture on the country charts since his very first single, "Unwound," became a hit in 1981, George Strait has been called a living legend and is known by the moniker "King George." Born and raised in Poteet, Texas – where in high school he played in a rock and roll garage band – the singer was influenced by the likes of Merle Haggard, George Jones and Hank Williams.
Strait's college years served as the gateway to his country career. He fronted a band called "Ace in the Hole," performing at honkey tonks and bars around south and central Texas. When he signed with MCA Records the band remained with him, performing as the backup and as his touring band. Little did its members know they were playing for a man who would end up recording 59 number-one hit singles – more than any other artist in the history of music – by 2012.
Strait's country roots have been evident from the beginning. He amassed seven number one albums in the 1980's with songs like "Ocean Front Property," "Amarillo by Morning" and "The Chair." The 90's brought "I Cross My Heart," "Carrying Your Love With Me" and "Carried Away." The turn of the century was perhaps even more kind. It was 2008 when his single, "I Saw God Today," debuted at No. 19 on the Radio and Records and Billboard charts – the highest debut ever for a single from Strait, and the fourth highest debut for a song in country music history.
George Strait by-the-numbers is a tale of amazing statistics – 13 multi-platinum, 33 platinum and 38 gold albums to date. But it's the fans who continue to pour through the turnstiles at stadiums, arenas and amphitheaters around the country that are a testament to the universal nature of Strait's material. Strait toured with the incomparable Martina McBride to open 2012. It was recently announced he will play the 2013 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, marking his 21st appearance at RODEOHOUSTON.
George Strait Cowboy Rides Away Tour
George Strait Concert Tickets & Tour Dates George Strait Concerts 2014 George Strait Video for "Troubador" George Strait Tour America's cowboy, country star George Strait, has delighted fans with the recent announcement of his 2014 tour dates. The George Strait Cowboys Rides Away tour will take him across the country and spans from January through…Read more
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