Photo Credit: Art Streiber

In September of 2012, the King of Country Music, George Strait, announced his final two-year U.S. jaunt, The Cowboy Rides Away Tour, with 21 dates in 2013 and a similar schedule expected for 2014. Saturday night, June 1, Strait performed his final show of the year to a sold-out capacity crowd of 73,086 attendees at the Alamodome in his hometown of San Antonio, Texas with special guests Martina McBride and Miranda Lambert–breaking his own attendance record previously set in 2010.  

Strait opened revealing, “I’ve been thinking about this show all month long, and I have to admit, I was a litte nervous…but I’m not anymore!” The King then played for over two hours on a rotating stage in the center of the Alamodome.

Partway through the show (set list below) Strait broke stride after he performed one of his 60 No. 1’s, “River Of Love,” and introduced United States Marine Corps Staff Sergeant / E-6 Jose Sanchez to a captivated audience. Sanchez–with his wife Angela–was then recognized as the 339th recipient of the Military Warriors Support Foundation’s (MWSF) “Homes 4 Wounded Heroes” (H4WH) program.  Then, in celebration of the last tour stop of 2013, Strait recognized the Faulkenberry family on stage—U.S. Army SFC John Faulkenberry with wife Sarah—as the final awardees (340th recipient through the overall program; 23rd of the tour) to receive a key directly from Strait. Both families received homes in the San Antonio area. 

The 2013 H4WH home presentations were made possible through Strait’s longtime friend, Lieutenant General Leroy Sisco, U.S. Army (Retired) who shares, “Our foundation is thrilled at this opportunity to work with such an incredible patriot as George Strait and with his help we have helped change the lives of 23 heroes and their families by awarding 100% mortgage-free homes on ‘The Cowboy Rides Away’ tour.”

 The homes made available for the program are donated to MWSF through partnerships and, as unveiled at Strait’s first 2013 show in Lubbock, were awarded to at least one service member at every tour stop on The Cowboy Rides Away Tour.

In addition to the homes, all the families presented homes from Strait and H4WH also received groceries for a year from Walmart, a flat screen television, and Strait’s CD collection. 

In addition to the charitable contributions through H4WH, Strait also partnered with CID Entertainment to facilitate a charity auction at every 2013 tour stop including front row Troubadour Package tickets, a meet-and-greet with Strait, and more.  After the final 2013 tour stop in San Antonio, the program has raised $239,000 for The Jenifer Strait Foundation.  Additionally, CID Entertainment abetted sales of 7,777 VIP tickets with San Antonio including a travel package with over 250 participating fans.

Clearly fans can’t get enough of the King as Strait recently celebrated his 60th No. 1 single, “Give It All We Got Tonight” from his chart-topping debut, Love Is Everythingmaking him the first ever artist to notch 60 No. 1 MediaBase singles in any genre.  The New York Times touts that on Love, “he sings with a pulpy richness” and Los Angeles Times proclaims his 40th studio album is “carefully rendered and unabashed in its optimism, it’s as personal as anything Strait has ever recorded.”

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George Strait San Antonio, Texas June 1, 2013 Set List:
“Here For A Good Time”
“Ocean Front Property”
“Check Yes Or No”
“I Saw God Today”
“Drinkin’ Man”
“Love’s Gonna Make It”
“Arkansas Dave”
“They Call Me The Fireman”
“Jackson” and “Ring Of Fire” with Martina McBride
“Blame It On Mexico”
“80 Proof Bottle Of Tear Stopper”
“Honky Tonk Crazy”
“Marina Del Rey”
“King Of Broken Hearts”
“Where The Sidewalk Ends”
“The Chair”
“River Of Love”
“Give It Away”
“How ‘Bout Them Cowgirls”
“Amarillo By Morning”
“Give It All We Got Tonight”
“I’ll Always Remember You”
“Same Kind Of Crazy”
“All My Ex’s Live In Texas”
“Folsom Prison Blues”
“Cowboy Rides Away”

One reply on “George Strait Performed Final 2013 Tour Stop In San Antonio For Over 73,000 Fans”

  1. I love George Strait……upset that the general public didn’thave a chance for tickets when the radio stations buy all of them up……Should be limited to them……the fans make the star…. the radio plays thier music……catch 22…..

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