On This Day: George Strait Ends Touring Career With Record-Breaking Single-Show Attendance in 2014

by Jacklyn Krol

On June 7, 2014, George Strait performed his (somewhat) final concert in his touring career.

The King performed at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas for his The Cowboy Rides Away Tour. In total, 204,793 people attended, the largest single-show attendance in a stadium in the United States.

The concert also became a live album and DVD special. The record reached No. 4 on the Billboard 200 all-genre chart. Additionally, it peaked at No. 2 on the Hot Country Albums chart. In total, there were 20 tracks featured on the album.

Overall, the concert was three hours long and included 40 songs. 20 of the tracks were some of Strait’s 60 No. 1 hits.

“I can’t say how excited I am,” George Strait told the fans according to Country Weekly. “It’s been on my mind since we started this two years ago. And we broke a record!” That led, naturally, to more cheers from the fired-up fans before George resumed. “We have a lot of special guests coming out tonight,” he smiled. “And we’re gonna do a lot of old songs.”

He kicked things off with his smash hit, “Check Yes or No.” 

George Strait’s Special Guests

The evening featured a parade of special guests and epic collaborations. First up was country singer Vince Gill to perform “Lovebug” followed by Jason Aldean for Strait’s first No. 1, “Fool Hearted Memory.” Martina McBride and Faith Hill also dueted songs during the evening.

George Strait then brought his co-writer and son, Bubba Strait, to the stage. The father-son duo performed “Arkansas Dave” together.

Eric Church did double duty and serenaded the crowd with “Cowboys Like Us” and “Easy Come, Easy Go.” Strait then had Sheryl Crow perform back-to-back tracks, “Here for a Good Time” and “When Did You Stop Loving Me.” Crow originally opened up for him during the Nashville date of his tour and previous one-off concerts in the past.

George Strait then invited Alan Jackson to join him. The crowd went wild and the pair performed “Amarillo by Morning,” and their collaboration, “Murder on Music Row.”

Miranda Lambert was the next guest on the stage and she performed “How ‘Bout Those Cowgirls” and “Run.” Finally, Kenny Chesney hit the stage to perform “Ocean Front Property” and “The Fireman.”

George Strait’s final performance was with the entire cast of special guests. They performed a trio of songs: “All My Ex’s Live in Texas,” “Folsom Prison Blues” and, fittingly, “The Cowboy Rides Away.”