George Strait Farewell Concert Breaks Rolling Stones Record in Dallas with 105,000 in Attendance
Country music king George Strait finished the last night of the final tour of his career in a big way at the Dallas Cowboys stadium over the weekend. Strait played for nearly 105,000 fans shattering the previous record set by The Rolling Stones at The Louisiana Superdome in 1981.
The night included guests including Alan Jackson, Jason Aldean, Kenny Chesney, Martina McBride "Oh, man. I tell you what. This is too much fun," Strait told the adoring crowd.
Here are some of the comments from the guest about Strait:
"In the early 80s when I was a young man in Georgia, I was a big fan of 'Unwound,' speaking of Strait's 1981 hit. "You're the reason I came to Nashville, Tennessee. God bless you."
"(You are) not only a huge influence for me but everyone else in Nashville." - Jason Aldean
Martina McBride joined Strait to sing "Jackson," the two had had toured together in 2011 and 2012.
Kenny Chesney shared that the two years he spent with Strait on the road early in his career were "the most educational" in his touring life.
All of Strait's guest stars returned to the stage for an encore and the fans were two-stepping in the audience all night.
Strait's band has been with him nearly 40 years on the road, starting in 1975 with the Ace in the Hole Band. Many of the 11-piece band's original members played back up Saturday, "the best band anybody could have out here on the road," Strait said.
Strait may be off the road, but he will still be making music as he has renewed his deal with MCA Records last year to produce five more albums.
Strait's, The Cowboy Rides Away, began in 2013. Each of the 45 stadiums and arenas he's played in 31 states has sold out. He's performed for an estimated 1 million fans.
George Strait for his classic honky-tonk style and Texas cowboy charm, one of the last of his generation still performing.