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.
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.
29, Charlotte, N.C., Lowe's Motor Speedway
April 30, Nashville, Tenn., Adelphia Coliseum
May 13, Orlando, Fla.,
May 14, Jacksonville, Fla., Alltel Stadium
May 20, Cleveland, Ohio, Browns Stadium
Cincinnati, Ohio, Cinergy Field
June 3, Buffalo, N.Y., Ralph Wilson Stadium
June 4, Landover, Md., Fed Ex Stadium
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.