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George Strait rides away with his final tour stop

George Strait is ready to say goodbye to the road with his last stop on “The Cowboy Rides Away Tour 2014.” People reported on June 7, 2014 that the stage was set for his last goodbye on the road. The final stop on the tour took place at the home of the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

ARLINGTON, TX - JUNE 07: Musician George Strait performs onstage at George Strait's 'The Cowboy Rides Away Tour' final stop at AT&T Stadium at AT&T Stadium on June 7, 2014 in Arlington, Texas.
Photo by Rick Diamond

AT&T Stadium can hold 100,000 fans to catch Strait on the road one last time. Strait performed the first show that took place at AT&T Stadium five years ago and now that is the stage that he performed on for the final tour stop of his career. The big names of country music were lined up to join him on that stage to perform and say their goodbyes during the final show of the “The Cowboy Rides Away Tour 2014.”

Asleep At The Wheel hit the stage as the final show opener. Jason Aldean, Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Sheryl Crow, Ronnie Dunn, Vince Gill, Faith Hill, Alan Jackson, Miranda Lambert, Martina McBride and Lee Ann Womack were also on the performers list during Strait’s final farewell.

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 was named the “2013 Billboard Legend of Live” winner at the 10th Annual Billboard Touring Awards and discussed his time on the road by saying “I started touring about Eighteen ninety well, it feels like that anyway. I started touring in 1981. I tell ya, I’ve been touring so long that I kinda got it through the years.”

Saying goodbye to the road has not been easy for Strait who said "I knew it would be kind of emotional but I was still a little surprised to feel it that strongly.” Strait continued by saying “The first three or four shows in 2013 were the toughest, but every night it was in the back of my mind to take it all in, because I probably wouldn't ever come back there again. It made me want to put on the best show we've ever done there. I hope we did that. I feel like we did."

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