Strait announces final tour
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
– George Strait announced his plans today for his final two-year tour The Cowboy Rides Away Tour. In a press conference live from the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville, Strait revealed the first 21 markets he will visit during the winter and spring legs of his 2013 tour.
Special guest Martina McBride is set to join Strait for the 2013 dates, which begin on Jan. 18 in Lubbock, Texas.
Strait, who celebrated his 60th birthday earlier this year, said, "This is going to be a very special, emotional tour for me. Everywhere we're going holds fond memories, and I'm looking forward to paying my respects."
Strait plans to continue recording new music and play select dates around the country following the completion of the tour.
Strait fan club members will have an opportunity to purchase tickets beginning at 10 a.m. in the venue's respective time zone on Oct. 9, and tickets available to the general public will be available for purchase beginning Oct. 12 (same time zone restraints apply). Ticket prices start at $69.50 and may be purchased at www.georgestrait.com.
Tour dates are:
Jan. 18 - Lubbock, Texas - United Spirit Arena
Jan. 19 - Oklahoma City, Okla. - Chesapeake Energy Arena
Jan. 25 - Salt Lake City, Utah - Energy Solutions Arena
Jan. 26 - Nampa, Idaho - Idaho Center
Jan. 31 - Sacramento, Calif. - Power Balance Pavilion
Feb. 1 - Fresno, Calif. - Save Mart Center
Feb. 2 - Las Vegas, Nev. - MGM Grand Garden Arena
Feb. 15 - St. Paul, Minn. - Xcel Energy Center
Feb. 16 - Grand Forks, N.D. - The Alerus Center
Feb. 22 - Buffalo, N.Y. - First Niagara Center
Feb. 23 - Hartford, Conn. - XL Center
March 1 - Knoxville, Tenn. - Thompson-Boling Arena
March 2 - Lexington, Ky. - Rupp Arena
March 17 - Houston, Texas - Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo*
March 22 - Greenville, S.C. - Bi-Lo Center
March 23 - Greensboro, N.C. - Greensboro Coliseum Complex
April 5 - Albuquerque, N.M. - The Pit
April 6 - Las Cruces, N.M. - Pan American Center
April 12 - N. Little Rock, Ark. - Verizon Arena
April 13 - New Orleans, La. - New Orleans Arena
June 1 - San Antonio, Texas - Alamodome**
*Denotes previously announced tour date featuring Martina McBride and the Randy Rogers Band.
** On Sale TBD
Additional markets to be announced for 2013 and 2014.
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