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George Strait Breaks His Own Record With Attendance at Final San Antonio Show

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George Strait has dethroned himself! The King of Country just wrapped the 2013 leg of his two-year, Cowboy Rides Away final tour, which is expected to close in 2014.

Strait performed his final show of the year on June 1 to a capacity crowd of 73,086 fans at the Alamodome in his hometown of San Antonio, breaking the previous attendance record that he himself set back in 2010.

Nothing like beating yourself at your own game! The living legend welcome special guests Martina McBride and Miranda Lambert for his last hurrah.

Upon opening his set, he told the crowd, “I’ve been thinking about this show all month long, and I have to admit, I was a little nervous… but I’m not anymore!” Strait performed for two hours on a rotating stage situated in the center of the venue, to the delight of nearly 75,000 strong.

Congrats to Strait for still being able to pack houses at age 61! The singer celebrated his 61st birthday last month and also enjoyed his 60th No. 1 single with ‘Give It All You Got Tonight.’ 2013 has been a year of breaking records for an artist who has enjoyed one of the most prolific careers in country music. Life really does begin at 60. Or at 61, as in the case of Strait.

The icon will retire from active touring — but not from making music or performing live — after the second leg of the Cowboy Rides Away Tour wraps in 2014.

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