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George Strait sells more than 77,000 tickets in two minutes for Houston show
By Chuck Dauphin, Nashville, Billboard

George Strait added even more numbers to his Hall of Fame career last week. When tickets were released to the general public earlier this week for the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo at Reliant Stadium on March 17, the demand was so overwhelming that it resulted in more than 77,000 tickets sold within the first two minutes.

As astronomical as those numbers are, they are par for the course. The Cowboy Rides Away tour, the final U.S. tour for the country crooner, has proved to be a hot ticket around the country. Many of the dates for 2013 have sold out only moments after going on sale. The tour, which kicked off this past weekend, opened to some huge numbers: more than 15,000 in Lubbock, as well as 17,064 in Oklahoma City.

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"To say that George Strait is an icon or to say that he is the King of Country Music is an understatement when referring to his drawing power at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo," said Leroy Shafer, the show's vice president and chief operating officer. "I have been involved with marketing rodeo and concerts here since 1973, and this is the hottest show we have put on sale in those 40 years. This is going to shatter all Reliant Stadium attendance records."

Strait's March 17 show at the 81st annual event will mark his 29th Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo performance.

His current single, "Give It All We Got Tonight," is climbing the Country Songs chart (No. 25) and is the first single from his upcoming album, which is due for release later this year.

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7Comments
Jan 22, 2013 8:37AM
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Class reigns!  Straight is a class act, both personally and professionally.  A great example to those young performers out there looking for an image.  Hate that he's on his last touring gig, but he deserves to go out on top. 
Jan 22, 2013 8:15AM
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I' am one of the many unlucky ones who got shut out from getting any tickets! Really wanted to go ! Would be nice if he would do another show! Always have liked his music and always wanted to go to a show of his! Really sucks!!
Jan 22, 2013 6:45AM
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if only these pop "singers" had the CLASS that KING GEORGE has, then they would be SOMEBODY...but we know none of them will ever come close to his CLASS!!!
Jan 22, 2013 6:08AM
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I love George Strait. He is so unexplainable handsomely sweet. When he sings it feels like he is singing to you. His eyes, his smile, makes you melt instantly.  I have never loved anyone the way I love him. 
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