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Strait starts Vegas residency

Sunday, April 24, 2016 – George Strait started his Las Vegas residency Friday with a sold-out show, which included a tribute to the late Merle Haggard.

Strait packed the new T-Mobile Arena and captivated a record-setting 19,222 fans during the opening night of his Strait to Vegas exclusive concert series

"I've missed you guys, and I'm looking forward to being here a few more nights this year," Strait told the crowd early on in the night before performing for more than two hours. Among the songs Strait performed were "Give It All We've Got Tonight," "Ocean Front Property" and "All My Ex's Live in Texas."

Stait paid tribute to Haggard. "We'll never get to hear Merle play live again, but his music will live on forever," Strait said before performing a medley consisting of "Mama Tried," "Fightin' Side of Me," and "My Life's Been Grand."

Kacey Musgraves opened the show.

Strait first announced his plans to perform a series of select shows at T-Mobile Arena last September, immediately selling out every date in the Strait to Vegas concert series for 2016 and 2017. Musgraves will join Strait as support for all 2016 dates.

Upcoming dates are:
Friday, Sept. 9
Saturday, Sept. 10
Friday, Dec. 2,
Saturday, Dec. 3
Friday, Feb. 17, 2017
Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017

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