George Strait Will Do 10-Date Tour From April 29-June 11

George Strait will do a 10-city tour beginning April 29 in Charlotte, N.C., and ending June 11 in Houston, Texas. If the tour sells out, it will be seen by approximately 550,000 fans, each of whom will pay from $39.50 to $59.50 (plus charges) per ticket.

Details of the tour were announced today (March 1) at a press conference in Nashville.

Appearing with Strait will be Tim McGraw, Martina McBride, Kenny Chesney, Mark Chesnutt, Lee Ann Womack and Asleep at the Wheel. A secondary stage will feature performances by new country acts, including Clay Davidson and Lace.

Except for the Houston and Dallas dates, Strait will be taking his 2000 tour to new cities. There were 18 dates on last year’s tour. The past two touring seasons grossed $66 million.

Asked why Strait was doing fewer dates this year than last, the tour’s spokesman, Louis Messina, CEO of Pace Music Group, quipped, “That’s all he wanted to do. He bought a new boat.”

In addition to the stage shows, the tour will again feature the “Straitland” festival area, with vendor booths and exhibits. In each market, “Straitland” will open at 11 a.m. on the day of the concert, while the multi-artist concert itself will start at 1 p.m.

The official name of the tour is “Nokia Presents the George Strait Chevy Truck Country Music Festival.” Other sponsors are Jack Daniels, Bud Light, Pemmican Beef Jerky, Wrangler, Justin Boots and Resistol Hats.

Here are the dates, cities and concert locations.

April 29, Charlotte, N.C., Lowe’s Motor Speedway

April 30, Nashville, Tenn., Adelphia Coliseum

May 13, Orlando, Fla., Citrus Bowl

May 14, Jacksonville, Fla., Alltel Stadium

May 20, Cleveland, Ohio, Browns Stadium

May 21, Cincinnati, Ohio, Cinergy Field

June 3, Buffalo, N.Y., Ralph Wilson Stadium

June 4, Landover, Md., Fed Ex Stadium

June 10, Dallas, Texas, Texas Stadium

June 11, Houston, Texas, Enron Field

The time at which tickets will go on sale will be announced separately in each market.

Edward Morris is a veteran of country music journalism. He lives in Nashville, Tennessee, and is a frequent contributor to