George Strait announced the first leg of his final tour ever, the aptly-titled The Cowboy Rides Away Tour, last September. Today (September 9), Strait revealed the final dates of the two-year jaunt via live press conference streamed on his website and YouTube.
The last leg of the tour kicks off January 9 in Bossier City, Louisiana, and ends in Dallas on a TBD date (full list of dates below). The 26 new dates will feature big guests each night, including Jason Aldean, Eric Church, Miranda Lambert, Martina McBride, Sheryl Crow, Ronnie Dunn, Vince Gill, Merle Haggard, Lee Ann Womack, Little Big Town, Chris Young and more.
Though this jaunt has been framed as his big farewell tour, Strait said his music career is far from over. Not only has he been writing songs, Striaght promises a five-album deal with his label MCA Nashville.
“I am excited about the tour next year,” he said at the press conference. “It’s going to be a little bittersweet for me. It’s starting to sink in for me after the first leg of the tour. It’ll be a little tough next year saying goodbye to some of those places. My plan is to keep doing things here and there when I feel like it and hopefully those opportunities will come for me. I can’t see hanging it up forever. As long as I keep enjoying it, I’m going to keep doing it.”
Strait went on to admit that his one regret throughout his career is that he quit writing.
“Starting out, I loved to write and wrote a lot and then I got away from it, ” he said. “I found great songs from great songwriters in Nashville. Now I’m getting into it a lot more and enjoying that, writing with my son. It’s a lot of fun.”
George Strait’s final leg of The Cowboy Rides Away Tour:
01/09 – Bossier City, LA @ CenturyLink
01/10 – Austin, TX @ Frank Erwin Center
01/17 – Omaha, NE @ CenturyLink Center
01/18 – Kansas City, MO @ Sprint Center
01/30 – San Jose, CA @ SAP Center
01/31 – San Diego, CA @ Valley View Casino Center
02/01 – Las Vegas, NV @ MGM Grand Arena
02/07 – Phoenix, AZ @ US Airways Center
02/08 – Los Angeles, CA @ Staples Center
02/14 – Auburn Hills, MI @ The Palace of Auburn Hills
02/15 – Columbus, OH @ Nationwide Arena
02/28 – Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Arena
03/01 – Newark, NJ @ Prudential Center
03/07 – Louisville, KY @ KFC Yum! Arena
03/08 – Chicago, IL @ Allstate Arena
03/21 – Nashville, TN @ Bridgestone Arena
03/22 – Atlanta, GA @ Philips Arena
04/04 – Wichita, KS @ Intrust Bank Arena
04/05 – Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center
04/11 – Portland, OR @ The Moda Center
04/12 – Tacoma, WA @ Tacoma Dome
04/18 – Des Moines, IA @ Wells Fargo Arena
04/19 – Tulsa, OK @ BOK Arena
05/23 – Baton Rouge, LA @ LSU Tiger Stadium Bayou Country Superfest
05/31 – Foxborough, MA @ Gillette Stadium
TBD – Dallas, TX @ AT&T Stadium