George Strait took the AT&T Stadium stage in Arlington, Tex. for his final stop on “The Cowboy Rides Away Tour 2014” and broke the concert attendance record that was previously held by The Rolling Stones, according to U.S. News on June 7, 2014. Strait’s final concert performance had an audience of nearly 105,000 people watching, which set a new record by breaking The Rolling Stones record that was set during their performance in 1981 at The Louisiana Superdome.
Strait has had an estimated 1 million fans come to see him perform during his final tour that made sold out stops in 45 arenas and stadiums during his farewell tour leading up to his last stop at the AT&T Stadium. Strait was not alone during the last stop on “The Cowboy Rides Away Tour 2014” either.
Alan Jackson, Miranda Lambert, Martina McBride, Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Sheryl Crow, Ronnie Dunn, Vince Gill, Faith Hill and Lee Ann Womack joined Strait on his last stop with Asleep At The Wheel opening. Strait's son Bubba also took the stage to join his father on his big night by performing his songwriting debut titled "Arkansas Dave" with Strait.
Jackson discussed the impact Strait has had on him by saying:
In the early 80s when I was a young man in Georgia, I was a big fan of 'Unwound.'" Adding, "You're the reason I came to Nashville, Tennessee. God bless you."
Aldean said Strait was "not only a huge influence for me, but everyone else in Nashville."
Chesney described his feelings for Strait by saying:
George Strait is without a doubt The King." Adding, "I am a self-proclaimed George Strait wanna-be. The two years early in my career I spent on the road with George were the most educational two summers of my touring life. I'm proud to call him my hero and my friend."
Strait showed his excitement on the last tour stop of his career by saying:
Oh, man. I tell you what. This is too much fun." And thanked his loyal fans by adding, "That's what I'm going to miss the most right there, I tell you what. Thank you so much."
Strait performed his hit song "I'll Always Remember You" and made sure the fans knew the song was inspired by them saying, "When I take the stage for the last time, you won't be far away."