A few weeks back, I wrote that I'd received unofficial word that George Strait was coming to San Jose.
That's now been confirmed.
"The King of Country" will indeed bring his The Cowboy Rides Away Tour to the SAP Center on Jan. 30. (My original report had the date as Jan. 29).
The legendary singer, responsible for such all-time country classics as "A Fire I Can't Put Out," "You Look So Good in Love" and "Let's Fall to Pieces Together," comes to town on what reportedly will be the final leg of his lengthy farewell tour.
And, indeed, it's certainly been lengthy -- I caught Strait on this tour back in January in Sacramento. But if anybody deserves a sizable victory lap, it's definitely George Strait.
He's scored 60 No. 1 hit singles in his entirely impressive career -- which is more than any artist (country or other) in history. He's also no slouch when it comes to album sales, with his tally of 70 million trailing only Garth Brooks' 128 million in the country music record books. To put things in perspective, just consider that Strait has sold more albums than the Rolling Stones.
On this leg of the tour, Strait will be joined by a rotating cast of country music superstars. Jason Aldean, Sheryl Crow, Ronnie Dunn, Merle Haggard, Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, Martina McBride, Lee Ann Womack, Eric Church and Chris Young have all signed on to open certain shows.
Unfortunately, Strait hasn't yet announced which opening acts will perform in each city. My wish list for the San Jose show consists of, in order, Haggard, McBride and Church. But anybody not named Ronnie Dunn is cool with me.
Tickets for the show are on sale at www.georgestrait.com.
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