Keeping true to his word, country music legend George Strait announced via a rare press conference on Sept. 9, the final round of 2014 dates for his aptly titled Cowboy Rides Away Tour. The first portion of the farewell trek began in early 2013, wrapping up with a massive show at San Antonio’s Alamodome on June 1.
While his previous tour dates included the accompaniment of Martina McBride, Strait will look to the assistance of a variety of different artists when he takes The Cowboy Rides Away Tour back out on the road next year. Each week of shows will feature a different opener, with a list of options that includes McBride, Vince Gill, Ronnie Dunn, Sheryl Crow, Jason Aldean, Eric Church, and Merle Haggard with Lee Ann Womack, Miranda Lambert, and Chris Young, who have all signed on for appearances throughout the venture.
On Jan. 9, the CenturyLink Center in Bossier City, La., will host the first show of the final leg, which will extend through May and beyond. The majority of dates will take place in mid-size arenas in major U.S. cities, with the exception of his final three shows, which will get the stadium treatment. After nearly a month-long break, Strait and Co. will pick back up with an appearance at the 2014 Bayou Country Superfest at LSU Tiger Stadium on May 23 for the first in a trio of performances that will bring to an end the touring portion of the Country Music Hall of Famer’s storied career. The second-to-last show will go down at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass., and none other than AT&T Stadium in Dallas will house the very last date on The Cowboy Rides Away Tour. The exact date for the show has not yet been announced.
While Strait is intent on retiring from touring, he still has plans to continue recording new music. In fact, it was announced on Aug. 29 that he signed a five-album deal with MCA Nashville, the only label Strait has ever had in his career, dating back to 1981. Strait’s rich discography includes 40 albums and country music records for the most No. 1 albums, and Gold, Platinum, and multi-Platinum albums. He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2006, was named the Artist of the Decade by the Academy of Country Music in 2011, and in 2013, earned the Country Radio Broadcasters Career Achievement Award.
The Cowboy Rides Away 2014 Tour Dates
1.9 – Bossier City, La. (CenturyLink Center)
1.10 – Austin, Texas (Frank Erwin Center)
1.17 – Omaha. Neb. (CenturyLink Center)
1.18 – Kansas City, Mo. (Sprint Center)
1.30 – San Jose, Calif. (SAP Center)
1.31 – San Diego, Calif. (Valley View Casino Center)
2.1 – Las Vegas, Nev. (MGM Grand Garden Arena)
2.7 – Phoenix, Ariz. (US Airways Center)
2.8 – Los Angeles, Calif. (Staples Center)
2.14 – Auburn Hills, Mich. (The Palace of Auburn Hills)
2.15 – Columbus, Ohio (Nationwide Arena)
2.28 – Philadelphia, Pa. (Wells Fargo Arena)
3.1 – Newark, N.J. (Prudential Center)
3.7 – Louisville, Ky. (KFC Yum! Arena)
3.8 – Chicago, Ill. (Allstate Arena)
3.21 – Nashville, Tenn. (Bridgestone Arena)
3.22 – Atlanta, Ga. (Philips Arena)
4.4 – Wichita, Kan. (Intrust Bank Arena)
4.5 – Denver, Colo. (Pepsi Center)
4.11 – Portland, Ore. (Moda Center)
4.12 – Tacoma, Wash. (Tacoma Dome)
4.18 – Des Moines, Iowa (Wells Fargo Arena)
4.19 – Tulsa, Okla. (BOK Arena)
5.23 – Baton Rouge, La. (LSU Tiger Stadium – Bayou Country Superfest)
5.31 – Foxborough, Mass. (Gillette Stadium)
6.7 – Arlington, Texas (AT&T Stadium)