After a successful spring tour that took them across the country, the “King and Queen of Country Music,” George Strait and Reba McEntire, have added a fall leg to their tour with shows in September and October. Lee Ann Womack is expected to be opening the show once again.
The spring tour has been amazingly successful. Ticket sales for a show at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas on May 1st topped 55,000, breaking Strait’s previous record of 47,000 for his 1997 Country Music Fest show, and a show in Tulsa, Oklahoma’s Bank of Oklahoma Center sold 18,000 tickets in less than one hour.
The fall tour includes a rescheduled show in Nashville, Tennessee; tickets from the original April 28th date will be honored at the new date, September 11th, at the Bridgestone Arena. The other ten dates scheduled are:
*September 9th – Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio
*September 10th – Rupp Arena in Lexington, Kentucky
*September 16th – Colonial Life Arena in Columbia, South Carolina
*September 17th – BJCC Arena in Birmingham, Alabama
*September 18th – CenturyTel Center in Boosier City, Louisiana
*October 14th – Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
*October 15th – Wachovia Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
*October 16th – HSBC Arena in Buffalo, New York
*October 21st – Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota
*October 22nd – Fargodome in Fargo, North Dakota
Strait, named Artist of the Decade for the 2000s by the Academy of Country Music, recently achieved a milestone accomplishment: Billboard Magazine announced that Strait is the first artist ever to have 30 years of consecutive top ten hits. His debut record, “Unwound,” hit the country top ten in 1981; his current hit, “I Gotta Get To You,” recently landed in the top ten – the song is Strait’s 82nd single to do so.
McEntire is a star of stage, screen, and fashion. Recording since 1975, McEntire’s recent number one, “Consider Me Gone,” became her 34th chart-topper on the Billboard country chart. She began her acting career in the 1990 movie Tremors, and starred in a number of made-for-TV movies before getting her weekly TV comedy, Reba, which ran from 2001 to 2007. Her line of clothing is available at Dillard’s stores and through her website, www.rebawear.com; she also has lines of home decor (www.harmonyforthehome.com), shoes (www.rebashoes.com), and luggage (www.rebaluggage.com).
sources: “George Strait Concert Sets Record,” georgestrait.com
“George Strait Has 30 Consecutive Years of Top Ten Billboard Hits,” georgestrait.com
“George Strait’s 2010 Tour Adds Fall Leg,” georgestrait.com