Country music fans crowd to see George Strait

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San Diego – About 14,000 country music fans are preparing to say goodbye to country music icon, George Strait, tonight.  The King of Country is retiring after this final tour this year and he’s stopping in San Diego to play to a sold old crowd at Valley View Casino Center.

The 61 year old country music legend has had more number 1 albums than Garth Brooks, and also celebrated 60 #1 hits in his career which is more than any other artist in any genre–ever.

“King of Country thank you so much for coming here to San Diego,” said one fan.

The Cowboy Rides Away tour will wrap up later this year and will only hit 26 cities in the country.  We’re told Strait will do a special tribute to the military as well during his tour hour set and will open the show with his classic “The Fireman.”

“I grew up listening to George Strait.  George Strait is an all time hero of mine, and for him to stop in Southern California in San Diego is absolutely amazing,” said Cameron Baker.

In interviews, Strait has commented that he’s not tired of playing, but he’s tired of being on the road and away from home so much.  He still thrives off the energy and live audiences each and every time he plays, however.

“Every king has to retire at some point in time.  Just can you retire doesn’t mean people won’t listen to your music.  He will live on forever,” said Steven Insco.

Miranda Lambert will open for Strait during tonight’s show.

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