The Cowboy is coming back!
Country legend George Strait is playing six stadium shows in 2023 in lieu of his usual Las Vegas gigs.
Chris Stapleton and Little Big Town are playing all six shows with Strait, which include stops in the Phoenix area, Milwaukee, Denver, Seattle, Nashville and Tampa.
“It just felt right,” Strait, 70, told Billboard. “I had the opportunity to work with Chris and Little Big Town and everything just kind of fell in place for next year. I don’t do that many shows anymore, so if we can do a stadium where we can play for more people, that works for me.”
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The country legend also expressed gratitude for having “the best fans in the world” that still come out to hear his music.
“My whole career has been amazing as far as that goes. I’ve been blessed to be with a great record company, MCA, and although they don’t play me much anymore, country radio was really good to me for a lot of years and I really appreciate those years,” Strait added.
Strait’s last big tour was his “The Cowboy Rides Away” run that ended in 2014. It wasn’t a typical farewell tour, but a slowing-down tour, with Strait doing Vegas gigs and big one-off shows in the years since.
Messina Group, which has promoted Straits’ concerts for nearly 30 years, told Billboard it was their idea to do the stadium tour. “There’s something about him and Chris together that’s magical. They love playing with each other,” Messina Group CEO Louis Messina said.
She added, “We’ve been doing one or two stadiums every year, but we said, ‘This is all we should do.’ Having him and Chris together and Little Big Town up there, it’s a pretty, pretty amazing show.”
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Now 70, Strait is one of the most accomplished country artists of all time, with a whopping 61 Top 10 songs on the Billboard Country Airplay chart, more than any other artist.
According to Billboard, tickets will go on pre-sale Oct. 26 and start at $59. The regular on-sale begins Nov. 4 through the Brewers.
Contributing: Naledi Ushe, USA TODAY