ARLINGTON — Country music mega-legend George Strait and Cowboys owner Jerry Jones announced Monday that AT&T Stadium will host the final show of Strait’s farewell tour.
“Every time I come in here it blows my mind,” Strait said at a news conference above the field. He said just a few words before backing away from the microphone.
"I guess that's about it for me, unless you guys have something," he said with his famous smile.
George Strait pretty much lets his singing do the talking, but he did share his feelings about playing his final show of the last leg of his "Cowboy Rides Away" tour in the home of the Dallas Cowboys.
"It's going to be bittersweet for me," Strait said about ending three decades of performing. But he made it clear that this massive venue is special to him.
Strait opened the stadium in 2009, and kept on cranking out hits. Since 1981, he's had 60 No. 1 tunes and sold nearly 70 million records.
He's had more Top 50 songs than any artist of any genre.
Strait recalled that when he did his sound check to christen what was then called Cowboys Stadium, construction workers were still scrambling to get it ready.
"But Jerry had a hard hat for me I wore during the sound check,” he laughed.
Strait's final show will be a record-breaking event, according to the performer, his promoter, and Jerry Jones.
Each week of his final 26-show tour will feature a different star as the opening act. So fans might see Merle Haggard, Vince Gill, Miranda Lambert or Ronnie Dunn.
"It was a good beginning here,” Strait said of his 2009 show. “And it's going to be a hell of an ending — whenever we do our last show here."
That’s what reporters wanted to know... when?
The promoter said the date isn’t set yet, and that they still want to keep some things secret as they pull together a superstar evening.
George Strait made no secret of his desire to keep playing and singing, but with a focus on writing his own songs like he did when he started out. And just last week, he signed a five-album deal with his label.
Jerry Jones tried to absorb some of that extraordinary mojo by letting the King of Country try on Jones’ Super Bowl ring.
The Cowboy Rides Away Tour 2014 dates are as follows:
- January 9, 2014 CenturyLink│Bossier City, La.
- January 10, 2014 Frank Erwin Center│Austin, Texas
- January 17, 2014 CenturyLink Center│Omaha, Neb.
- January 18, 2014 Sprint Center│Kansas City, Mo.
- January 30, 2014 SAP Center│San Jose, Calif.
- January 31, 2014 Valley View Casino Center│San Diego, Calif.
- February 1, 2014 MGM Grand Arena│Las Vegas, Nev.
- February 7, 2014 US Airways Center│Phoenix, Ariz.
- February 8, 2014 Staples Center│Los Angeles, Calif.
- February 14, 2014 The Palace of Auburn Hills │Auburn Hills, Mich.
- February 15, 2014 Nationwide Arena│Columbus, Ohio
- February 28, 2014 Wells Fargo Arena│Philadelphia, Pa.
- March 1, 2014 Prudential Center│Newark, N.J.
- March 7, 2014 KFC Yum! Arena│Louisville, Ky.
- March 8, 2014 Allstate Arena│Chicago, Ill.
- March 21, 2014 Bridgestone Arena│Nashville, Tenn.
- March 22, 2014 Philips Arena│Atlanta, Ga.
- April 4, 2014 Intrust Bank Arena│ Wichita, Kan.
- April 5, 2014 Pepsi Center│Denver, Colo.
- April 11, 2014 The Moda Center│Portland, Ore.
- April 12, 2014 Tacoma Dome│Tacoma, Wash.
- April 18, 2014 Wells Fargo Arena│Des Moines, Iowa
- April 19, 2014 BOK Arena│Tulsa, Okla.
- May 23, 2014 LSU Tiger Stadium Bayou Country Superfest │Baton Rouge, La.
- May 31, 2014 Gillette Stadium │ Foxborough, Mass.
- TBD AT&T Stadium │Dallas, Texas