Skip to comments.George Strait sets a U.S. concert attendance record in a musically superb, star-laden show
Posted on 06/08/2014 7:26:40 AM PDT by harpu
ARLINGTON That roar you heard or felt coming from here around 7:30 Saturday night? Earthquake? Tornado? Nope, but close: A force of nature named George Strait had just walked onstage at AT&T Stadium for the final show of his Cowboy Rides Away tour, a two-year, cross-country sweep that he says will be his last.
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The 104,793 people in attendance made history the event marked a new record for largest indoor concert in North America, easily zapping the earlier high mark of around 87,500, set in 1981 by the Rolling Stones at the Louisiana Superdome. Coincidentally, 1981 is when Strait launched his career with the single Unwound and the album Strait Country.
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Yep, George, we believe you do. And well be right here waiting when you decide to ride back out. And hey, Poteet and San Antonio, no offense, but after this show, George Strait is ours.
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The audience showered special love on almost-hometown-girl Miranda Lambert, who hails from Lindale in East Texas and sang Run and How Bout Them Cowgirls with Strait. Lambert also gets the prize for edgiest attire; in a crowd full of floaty cowgirl dresses and pressed jeans, countrys version of dressed up, she wowed in a flirty new shorter hairdo (platinum, of course, like the title of her just-released fifth CD), black leather jacket and short-shorts, and sparkly silver boots. Strait and Lamberts voices melded gorgeously; they should consider cutting an album together, or at the very least releasing an EP of duets.
Other guest stars, all of whom oozed love and respect for Strait, were Vince Gill (who was limping; we hope hes OK), Jason Aldean, Eric Church and Sheryl Crow. For the three encores, All My Exs Live in Texas, Folsom Prison Blues and The Cowboy Rides Away, Strait brought all the guests back on stage for what had to be one of the most star-studded 15 minutes in country-music history. Even on the big awards shows, you never see this many bona-fide superstars all singing together. Talk about generous: Strait also worked in plenty of moments for his backing Ace in the Hole band, a majority of whom are from Texas, to shine.
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Well, he is married to Amy Grant...
Saw the show back in March in Nashville. It was about the twelve time I had seen him over the years. The Nashville show was the best concert I have ever sat through. Sui sad that the cowboy had rode away.
I sure hope they recorded this show and release a DVD...
My daughter the Nashville songwriter got to see him and Leeann Womack at a small venue a few months back. We live in DFW but I wasn’t going to pay hundreds of dollars to hear George at JerryWorld with awful acoustics.
Never crossed my mind to go HEAR George :-)
In 1987 we went to SEE him at Stephen F. Austin. The rules were you had to stay in your seat, but I needed a closer look. While standing down front a large female security guard came up and said I had to sit down.
At that moment George turned his back to us. I looked up at his backside, looked at the security guard and said, “Are you going to deny me that?”. She looked up at George, looked back at me and said, “I’ll give you 5 minutes”. :-)
My sister has had a crush on him for over two 30 years and she is terribly in love and dedicated to her husband.
If I’d know this was his last I’d buy her some tkts.
We were there...fantastic show!
LOVE that woman! :-D
Wish I could have been there. Saw him perform live in Lake Tahoe in 1988.
Ditto. First time I heard "El Shaddai" I had to find out the singer and man was I happy to have found her.
Great album, by the way.
I hope so, too. I even searched online and couldn't find any announcements or plans to that effect. We'll have to keep our fingers crossed.
Sheryl Crow? I hope she has started using more than one sheet of toilet paper.
Nea Wood go to Youtube and search “George Strait 2014”. There are already a lot of clips from last nights show. It is not professional, but it will do for now. It looks like he shed a tear or two at the end.
The 104,793 people in attendance made history the event marked a new record for largest indoor concert in North America, easily zapping the earlier high mark of around 87,500, set in 1981 by the Rolling Stones
I saw a concert video of the Rolling Stones. They cannot sing or play musical instruments like so many others can. You gotta be tone deaf to like their music.
George Straight has many more memorable songs. Easy to listen to.
He did one for the last concert at the Houston Astrodome in 2002. Like you, I hope there’s a dvd of last night’s show. It is definitely a keeper is he does.
Laz got there!
The reason George is not performing any more, is because his last name is “Strait” and is thusly intolerant of gays.
Ha ha! That is great.