Multi- platinum artist George Strait said his final farewell to the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo on March 17 with his “The Cowboy Rides Away” tour.
Strait has been an honorary performer for the rodeo since the first time he set foot on the stage back in 1983.
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Now in 2013, the Texas native set a new record of attendance with a crowd of more than 80,000 fans.
Strait said this would be his last tour, and that he’s going to focus on making studio albums for the future.
“I love his concerts and to know that this is his last tour is kind of sad,” said Terri Nelson, who has been listening to his music since college.
Lavinia Owen, 39 years-old was at Strait’s first show at the rodeo and said she is sad to see the master showman leave.
On this night, the audience was treated with an opening performance by hometown Texans Randy Rogers and Martina McBride.
Strait started his performance with one of his latest hit “Here for a Good Time”. For a portion of the concert Strait took fans down memory lane with some of his classics.
“I was so excited that he played my two favorite songs, 'Unwound' and '80 Proof Bottle of Tear Stopper',” said Owen.
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"George Strait sure knows how to put on a show," said Kyle Clark, 22, who has been listening to Strait ever since he can remember.
Strait left the stage only to be called back for an encore. “I didn’t want it to end,” said Owen.
Strait returned to the stage to sing three more songs, ending with his routine finish.
“My mom always told me that George is never finished until he sings 'The Cowboy Rides Away',” said Clark.
For the fans this wasn't where the cowboy rode away. Instead, it was another added memory with the "King of Country".