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George Strait sets a U.S. concert attendance record in a musically superb, star-laden show
Dallas Morning News ^ | Joy Tipping

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 we’ll 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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TOPICS: Music/Entertainment
KEYWORDS: cowboysstadium
Speaking of fiery, one of Strait’s best numbers was “The Fireman,” sung with Chesney toward the end of the show. Other highlights included Strait’s solo “Marina Del Rey,” “Jackson” with Martina McBride, “Amarillo by Morning” with Alan Jackson and “A Showman’s Life” with Faith Hill.

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, country’s 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 Lambert’s 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 he’s OK), Jason Aldean, Eric Church and Sheryl Crow. For the three encores, “All My Ex’s 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.

1 posted on 06/08/2014 7:26:40 AM PDT by harpu
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To: harpu
If you haven't seen it, Strait starred in a 1992 movie "Pure Country". Great score

If you're a fan...get a copy..pretty cheap on Amazon..

2 posted on 06/08/2014 7:33:59 AM PDT by ken5050 ("One useless man is a shame, two are a law firm, three or more are a Congress".. John Adams)
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To: harpu
...were Vince Gill (who was limping; we hope he’s OK)...

Well, he is married to Amy Grant...


3 posted on 06/08/2014 7:42:15 AM PDT by rjsimmon (The Tree of Liberty Thirsts)
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To: harpu

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.


4 posted on 06/08/2014 7:46:30 AM PDT by Sybeck1 (Vote McDaniel June 24th Mississippi!)
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To: harpu

I sure hope they recorded this show and release a DVD...


5 posted on 06/08/2014 7:47:13 AM PDT by halo66
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To: harpu

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.


6 posted on 06/08/2014 7:56:51 AM PDT by manic4organic (It was nice knowing you, America.)
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To: manic4organic

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”. :-)


7 posted on 06/08/2014 8:28:35 AM PDT by Wiz-Nerd
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To: rjsimmon

Babe!


8 posted on 06/08/2014 8:49:50 AM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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To: Wiz-Nerd

LOL!

Good girl.

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.


9 posted on 06/08/2014 8:52:20 AM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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To: harpu

We were there...fantastic show!


10 posted on 06/08/2014 9:01:34 AM PDT by kcvl
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To: rjsimmon

LOVE that woman! :-D


11 posted on 06/08/2014 9:12:23 AM PDT by Sporke (USS Iowa BB-61)
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To: kcvl

Wish I could have been there. Saw him perform live in Lake Tahoe in 1988.


12 posted on 06/08/2014 9:12:37 AM PDT by Inyo-Mono (NRA)
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To: Sporke
LOVE that woman! :-D

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.

13 posted on 06/08/2014 9:17:53 AM PDT by rjsimmon (The Tree of Liberty Thirsts)
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To: halo66
I sure hope they recorded this show and release a DVD...

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.

14 posted on 06/08/2014 9:28:59 AM PDT by Nea Wood (When people get used to preferential treatment, equal treatment seems like discrimination.-Sowell)
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To: harpu

Sheryl Crow? I hope she has started using more than one sheet of toilet paper.


15 posted on 06/08/2014 9:38:25 AM PDT by RightGeek (FUBO and the donkey you rode in on)
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To: Nea Wood

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.


16 posted on 06/08/2014 11:28:15 AM PDT by Wiz-Nerd
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To: harpu

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.


17 posted on 06/08/2014 12:46:02 PM PDT by minnesota_bound
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To: Nea Wood

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.


18 posted on 06/08/2014 1:50:26 PM PDT by NCC-1701 (I am proud of what America USED TO BE.)
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To: Wiz-Nerd

Thanks, Wiz-Nerd!


19 posted on 06/08/2014 4:58:31 PM PDT by Nea Wood (When people get used to preferential treatment, equal treatment seems like discrimination.-Sowell)
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To: rjsimmon; Lazamataz
...Vince Gill (who was limping; we hope he’s OK)...

Well, he is married to Amy Grant...


Laz got there!

20 posted on 06/09/2014 6:54:01 AM PDT by JRios1968 (I'm guttery and trashy, with a hint of lemon. - Laz)
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To: JRios1968

The reason George is not performing any more, is because his last name is “Strait” and is thusly intolerant of gays.


21 posted on 06/09/2014 7:07:08 AM PDT by Lazamataz (Early 2009 to 7/21/2013 - RIP my little girl Cathy. You were the best cat ever. You will be missed.)
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To: Wiz-Nerd

Ha ha! That is great.


22 posted on 06/09/2014 8:28:27 AM PDT by manic4organic (It was nice knowing you, America.)
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