George Strait Has One Final Ride at the Allstate Arena [Photos]
The King of Country may be saying "goodbye" to touring, but he certainly rode out on a high Saturday night at the Allstate Arena. Not to mention leaving us yearning for just one more song...
Let me just start by saying this, I have NEVER heard so many people sing along at once as loudly as I heard on Saturday night. It was amazing, and a true testament to just how much people love George Strait and his amazing music! It was an incredible ride down memory lane, and George told some great stories about the history behind some of our favorite songs.
From the moment he walked out on the stage in his perfectly pressed Wranglers, George has us hooked. (I'm sorry you can't really see his handsome face in these pics, the white shirt he was wearing made everything so bright with the spotlight)
With a song arsenal that includes 61 #1 hits, you never knew what he was going to sing next, and you were never disappointed.
Vince Gill was his opener, and he did an amazing job as well. He came out and joined George on stage for "Amarillo by Morning." After singing the song Vince said it was easy for him to sing the high parts "cuz he already sings like a woman." Tee hee. So true.
A few of the highlights for me was when George sang "The Chair" (my Dad's favorite song) at the mic right in front of us, and when he sang a song he wrote with his son, Bubba, called "I'll Always Remember You."It's a love letter to his fans, and it gave me goosebumps. (It's on his "Here For A Good Time" album)
Truthfully, there were so many amazing moments in the show, I can't list them all. If you were at the show, I hope you loved it as much as I did! Be sure to comment below with your favorite moments.
To George, thank you for an amazing show, and a career full of fabulous music. Thank you for staying true to who you are, and for providing my Dad and I something to love together. I am so thankful you will still be making new music, and I truly hope this was not our last "ride" together. At one point in the show George said that when he started he thought he would have maybe 5 years to play his music, it has now been over 30 years. Thank God for that.
Long live the King of Country!