George Strait could have stood onstage alone with an acoustic guitar and drawn a massive crowd for the final concert of his Cowboy Rides Away tour. When the moment finally came Saturday (June 7) in Arlington, Texas, Strait instead shared the stage with several of his superstar friends and played to a record-breaking crowd of 104,793 at AT&T Stadium.
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Strait shattered the indoor concert attendance record for North America set by the Rolling Stones in 1981 when they drew 87,500 to the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans.
Jason Aldean, Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Sheryl Crow, Vince Gill, Alan Jackson, Miranda Lambert and Martina McBride were along for the final ride during the three-hour concert that featured over 40 songs.
Asleep at the Wheel opened the show with a brief set before Strait walked onstage with his Ace in the Hole band to greet the crowd with "Check Yes or No."
"I can't tell you how excited I am to be here tonight," Strait told the crowd. "It's been on my mind since we started this tour two years ago!"
Although Strait says this is his last extensive tour, he'll continue to record and hasn't ruled out the possibility of playing select concerts in the future.
Throughout the evening, Strait's special guests joined him onstage for two songs each. All returned at the close of the concert to help him sing "All My Ex's Live in Texas."
Here's a complete set list from Strait's performance:
"Check Yes or No"
"A Fire I Can't Put Out"
"Lovebug" (with Gill)
"Does Fort Worth Ever Cross Your Mind" (Gill)
"River of Love"
"Fool Hearted Memory" (with Aldean)
"Nobody in His Right Mind Would Have Left Her" (Aldean)
"I Saw God Today"
"Cowboys Like Us" (with Church)
"Easy Come Easy Go" (Church)
"The King of Breaking Hearts"
"Marina Del Rey"
"Here for a Good Time" (with Crow)
"When Did You Stop Loving Me" (Crow)
"I Can Still Make Cheyenne"
"Jackson" (with McBride)
"Golden Ring" (McBride)
"Give It Away"
"I Got a Car"
"A Showman's Life" (with Hill)
"Let's Fall to Pieces Together" (Hill)
"Blame It on Mexico"
"Amarillo by Morning" (with Jackson)
"Murder on Music Row" (Jackson)
"Give It All We Got Tonight"
"How 'Bout Them Cowgirls" (with Lambert)
"You Look So Good in Love"
"I'll Always Remember You"
"Ocean Front Property" (with Chesney)
"The Fireman" (Chesney)
"All My Ex's Live in Texas"
"Folsom Prison Blues"
"The Cowboy Rides Away"
View photos from the final concert of the Cowboy Rides Away tour.