Two of the biggest tour announcements of 2012 came from country music icons. Both George Strait and George Jones announced their final tours. They have each decided to spend more time with their families. George Strait’s The Cowboy Rides Away Tour launches in January 2013 and will continue through 2014.
“I’ve had great fans,” George said when he announced the final stretch of dates at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. “They’ve been so loyal over the years. I’ll see fans that have been coming out [to the shows] since the ’80s and that is so special to me.”
George chose to name his tour after his 1985 hit of the same name. He’s closed his shows with the song for years, making it the perfect final tour name. “It’s an obvious play on words,” he said. “You know, cowboy rides away. I can’t think of another song title that would be any better.”
George Jones will bid the road farewell in 2013 with ‘The Grand Tour.’ He will stop in approximately 60 cities next year. “It is tough to stop doing what I love, but the time has come,” he said. He will play his final show in Nashville at the Bridgestone Arena on November 22, 2013 and has already promised fans a very special night.
“The Grand Tour will have surprises throughout the shows – you never know who may show up!” George said. “The Possum has lots of friends so it is going to be the most exciting thing to see who shows up during the final show. You should come too – and we can be surprised together!”
Neither George has ruled out an occasional performance, particularly for charitable events, following their final tours. George Strait will be joined on tour by Martina McBride while Tanya Tucker is slated to join George Jones at his final Nashville date.