Last stop, Texas, for country star George Strait
By Emily Schmall, AP
June 9, 2014, 12:00 am TWN
ARLINGTON, Texas--Country music legend George Strait strolled onto the stage Saturday night to face the largest crowd for an indoor concert in North American history.
About 105,000 people packed in for the last concert of Strait's final tour — exceeding the stadium's official capacity by 5,000 — and shattering the previous record set by The Rolling Stones at The Louisiana Superdome in 1981.
"I can't tell you how excited I am to be here tonight," Strait said. "We broke a record for the most people, ever. Really? Why wouldn't we, huh?"
The show was bringing an end to nearly 40 years on the road for Strait, known for his easygoing manner and everyman's appeal. And he was doing it in style, having invited several of country's biggest stars, including Vince Gill, Sheryl Crow, Kenny Chesney and Eric Church.
The 62-year-old singer has had more songs top Billboard's country music charts, 44, than any other musician.
He has more gold and platinum albums than any other music act except The Beatles and Elvis Presley.
He's been just as successful on the road. His 584 shows since 1990 have grossed more than US$405 million. He has sold more than 68.5 million copies of his 46 records.
He may yet add to his chart-topping total after renewing his deal with MCA Records last year to produce five more albums.