George Strait is coming to San Jose.
The so-called "King of Country" will bring his The Cowboy Rides Away Tour to the SAP Center on Jan. 29, according to ironclad music industry sources.
Now, they tell me.
I drove all the way up to Sacramento in January to see Strait, thinking it was my last chance in Northern California to see the man who gave the world such smash country hits as "A Fire I Can't Put Out," "You Look So Good in Love," "Let's Fall to Pieces Together," "The Chair" and "What's Going On in Your World."
Well, at least I got to eat at Jimboy's Tacos during the road trip -- and, anybody who knows Jimboy's knows the significance of that. Plus, I got to see the Martina McBride (in my book, the current "queen of country") open up for Strait in Sacramento.
No word on who will be the opening act in San Jose, or when the show will be officially announced by promoters.
There is, however, little doubt that this will be the country music event of the season.
Strait's credentials are simply beyond compare. He has scored a staggering 60 No. 1 hits in his career -- which is more than any artist (country or other) in history. He's also sold some 70 million albums in the U.S. alone, which puts him a tad short of AC/DC's tally and just above the Rolling Stones' total. The only country artist to have sold more than Strait, at least in the U.S., is Garth Brooks, who has moved more than 128 million units.
He's one of the all-time greats -- and this could be your last shot to see him in concert. Hope to see you there.
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