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George Strait announces retirement from touring

Strait performed in Gwinnett earlier this year. Photo: Robb D. Cohen/www.robbsphotos.com

Strait performed in Gwinnett earlier this year. Photo: Robb D. Cohen/www.robbsphotos.com

George Strait has announced he’ll soon retire from the road. Not retire from music, mind you, just the live stuff.

The country music legend held a press conference in Nashville on Wednesday to announce his decision and said he will play his committed dates and then say goodbye to touring.

Strait, 60, whose last local appearance was at Gwinnett Arena in February, currently has concerts scheduled through April. His closest date is Greenville, S.C., on March 22.

The singer also noted that he plans to continue recording and that this doesn’t mean he won’t make the occasional live appearance.

11 comments Add your comment

Curious George

September 26th, 2012
2:50 pm

Will this be the first (of several) “Goodbye Tours” from Mr. Strait over the next 10-15 years or so?

Melissa Ruggieri

September 26th, 2012
2:52 pm

Oh, so cynical :)

Melissa

Tommy

September 26th, 2012
2:58 pm

Unlike others, George has Class. I am sure, just like Barbara Mandrell, when he retires, he will retire. Can’t wait to see him in Greenville!

Grace

September 26th, 2012
3:23 pm

George Strait puts on a great show and seems like a decent guy. There’s never been any gossip about him, he’s still married to the same woman after all these years, and he even kept quiet & dignified when his daughter died so many years ago. He is a class act. Pretty much all entertainers could learn something from him.

Robin

September 26th, 2012
4:11 pm

George Strait is a class act. I wish he was coming back to the Atl area before his retirement. There are very few entertainers who avoid scandal, stay married to the same person, avoid substance abuse, etc. He is a true legend.

Seth

September 26th, 2012
5:27 pm

This tour will run through 2014, with more dates coming at a later time. So, hopefully Atlanta will get a tour stop when the next group of dates are released. Looking forward to seeing the King of Country Music one more time!

Rick Price

September 26th, 2012
5:27 pm

All the Best to George.Thanks for the Memories

JRHD

September 26th, 2012
5:32 pm

They don’t call him “King George” for nothing. The man is a legend.

Billy

September 27th, 2012
6:36 am

One has to admit that some stars, like Garth and Naomi, have “retired,” yet came back. GS is a class act without a doubt. Goodbye Nashville, hello Branson and Las Vegas…

WDE

September 27th, 2012
8:08 am

Best of luck GS thanks for the great songs over all the years !

bobsyouruncle

September 27th, 2012
8:22 am

If King George ever gets bored, he could always just tour the Great State of Texas! That should keep him busy for a month or two.