George Strait kicked-off the second second leg of his final two-year tour, The Cowboy Rides Away Tour presented by Quicken Loans, last night, January 9, 2014, at CenturyLink Center in Bossier City, Louisiana. The show held an attendance of 13,957 and broke Strait’s own top two venue records for highest grossing shows of all time at the venue (beating his previous No. 1 record from his tour with Reba McEntire and Lee Ann Womack on Sept. 18, 2010 and his No. 2 arena show record with Martina McBride on Jan. 28, 2012).
Addressing the crowd throughout the night, some notable moments included when special guest Jason Aldean joined Strait for “Fool Hearted Memory” and “Nobody In His Right Mind Would’ve Left Her.” Additionally, Strait was joined by his longtime friend Lieutenant General Leroy Cisco, U.S. Army (Retired) to continue their tour tradition of presenting the keys to a home as part of the Homes 4 Wounded Heroes through the Military Warriors Support Foundation initiative (www.militarywarriors.org). The 539th recipient of the program was U.S. Army Specialist Douglas Michael Edds who was joined by wife Tanya Edds on stage during the presentation.
The Cowboy Rides Away Tour was dubbed one of the most popular tours of 2014 by USA Today additionally noting “the single most popular event on the board for 2014 is George Strait’s June 7 show at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, with Jason Aldean, Alan Jackson, Sheryl Crow, Vince Gill and others.” To see the full article in USA Today, click here.
Remaining The Cowboy Rides Away Tour 2014 dates are as follows:
January 10, 2014 Frank Erwin Center Austin, Texas *With special guest Jason Aldean
January 17, 2014 CenturyLink Center Omaha, Neb. *With special guest Eric Church
January 18, 2014 Spring Center Kansas City, Mo. *With special guest Eric Church
January 30, 2014 SAP Center San Jose, Calif. *With special guest Martina McBride
January 31, 2014 Valley View Casino Center San Diego, Calif. *With special guest Miranda Lambert
February 1, 2014 MGM Grand Garden Arena Las Vegas, Nev. *With special guest Miranda Lambert
February 7, 2014 US Airways Center Phoenix, Ariz. *With special guest Martina McBride
February 8, 2014 STAPLES Center Los Angeles, Calif. *With special guest Martina McBride
February 14, 2014 The Palace Auburn Hills, Mich. *With special guest Little Big Town
February 15, 2014 Nationwide Arena Columbus, Ohio *With special guest Little Big Town
February 28, 2014 Wells Fargo Center Philadelphia, Penn. *With special guest Martina McBride
March 1, 2014 Prudential Center Newark, N.J. *With special guest Martina McBride
March 7, 2014 KFC Yum! Center Louisville, Ky. *With special guest Vince Gill
March 8, 2014 Allstate Arena Chicago, Ill. *With special guest Vince Gill
March 21, 2014 Bridgestone Arena Nashville, Tenn. *With special guest Sheryl Crow
March 22, 2014 Phillips Arena Atlanta, Ga. *With special guest Sheryl Crow
April 4, 2014 INTRUST Bank Arena Wichita, Kan. *With special guests Lee Ann Womack and Merle Haggard
April 5, 2014 Pepsi Center Denver, Colo. *With special guests Lee Ann Womack and Merle Haggard
April 11, 2014 Moda Center Portland, Ore. *With special guest Chris Young
April 12, 2014 Tacoma Dome Tacoma, Wash. *With special guest Chris Young
April 18, 2014 Wells Fargo Arena Des Moines, Iowa *With special guest Ronnie Dunn
April 19, 2014 BOK Center Tulsa, Okla. *With special guest Ronnie Dunn
May 23, 2014 Tiger Stadium Baton Rouge, La. *Bayou Country Superfest
May 31, 2014 Gillette Stadium Foxborough, Mass. *With special guests Tim McGraw and Faith Hill
June 7, 2014 AT&T Stadium Arlington, Texas *With special guests Jason Aldean, Asleep At The Wheel, Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Vince Gill, Faith Hill, Alan Jackson, Miranda Lambert, Martina McBride and Lee Ann Womack
Strait, who renewed his record deal with MCA Records during a celebration at Nashville’s Schermerhorn Symphony Center last fall, released “I Got A Car” to country radio and will continue to record new music and play select dates around the country following the completion of the tour.