George Strait is getting ready to ride into the sunset, at least on his tour bus.
The superstar that keeps the traditional country music flame burning announced Wednesday at a news conference at the Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum that he will head out on his The Cowboy Rides Away tour next year. Strait will play 21 dates in 2013, then 20 more in 2014 to put a finish on a stellar 30 plus year live career.
Strait says he wants to go out while still in fighting form but leaves the door open for a comeback. “I always had it in the back of my mind when I turned 60 that it might be time to start thinking about it. I also never wanted to show up for a tour when nobody came. I believe I made the right decision. Only time will tell. In 2016, I might say ‘What a dummy!” If that’s the case, maybe I’ll reconsider, but at this particular time, I’m pretty sure I won’t.”
Strait will start and end the tour in his home state. The first leg will kick off Jan. 18 in Lubbock, Texas, and end June 1 in San Antonio. Dates for 2014 will be announced later. Four-time CMA Female Vocalist of the Year Martina McBride will open for the tour in 2013.
I’ve ner see Strait before, but I am a fan. looks like I need to pony up this time around.
The Cowboy Rides Again — 2013 Tour Dates
January 18: Lubbock, Texas (United Spirit Arena)
January 19: Oklahoma City, Okla. (Chesapeake Energy Arena)
January 25: Salt Lake City, Utah (Energy Solutions Arena)
January 26: Nampa, Idaho (Idaho Center)
January 31: Sacramento, Calif. (Power Balance Pavilion)
February 1: Fresno, Calif. Save Marcht Center)
February 2: Las Vegas, Nev. MGM Grand Garden Arena)
February 15: St. Paul, Minn. Xcel Energy Center)
February 16: Grand Forks, N.D. The Alerus Center)
February 22: Buffalo, N.Y. First Niagara Center)
February 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 Aren)
June 1: San Antonio, Texas (Alamodome)