Disclosure: A million thanks to Verizon DFW for sponsoring the suite. All opinions are based on my personal experiences at the event.
Two years ago when country legend George Strait announced his farewell tour, I screamed “NOOOOOOOOO”. I am a huge fan of George Strait’s music, and had only seen him once at the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo. Such a big fan in fact, that I purchased tickets to the sold out show on Ebay for outrageous prices, just so I could see him perform live! They were worth every penny.
So when I saw he planned to end his concert touring days with “The Cowboy Rides Away” in Arlington, TX on June 7, I knew my mission was to buy tickets to his final show. See, June 7 is my birthday, so what better way to celebrate than watching the sexiest man alive, and best country singer EVER play to a crowd of over 100,000 people. The challenge: finding a ticket that I could buy for less than the price of a new car. As the concert got closer, and the months ticked by, I started to realize it was unlikely I’d be able to make it happen.
And then, in a stroke of luck, or fate, or divine intervention, a close friend, Staci from 7 on a Shoestring was invited to the concert by Verizon Wireless. Aww man, what I wouldn’t give to have that opportunity, I thought. Staci knew how much I wanted to see King George play one last time. She also knew the historic event was falling on my birthday, but I lacked a golden ticket. Then, fate struck again, when the Verizon Wireless rep contacted me, and said since you’re a loyal Verizon customer, and it’s your birthday, we’d like to invite you to join us!
I was in disbelief. Shocked. Ecstatic. Floored. When we entered the Dallas Cowboys stadium that Saturday night, I thought it would feel less like a dream. But even after we entered Verizon’s suite and took our seats, I was still dazed. Some people have never seen George Strait live, and not only was this my third time, but this was history in the making.
George Strait Cowboy Rides Away
This wasn’t the concert of the year, this was the concert of the decade. George Strait took the stage after “Asleep at the Wheel” opened, and the stadium came alive! Since his debut in the 70s, Strait has been breaking records, so it was no surprise when he announced the crowd of 105,00 was the largest indoor concert in history. (Previous record was set by The Rolling Stones at The Louisiana Superdome in 1981.) From the moment I saw him in his starched Wranglers, and blue checked shirt the goosebumps hit, followed by chills and physically shaking throughout the night. I wasn’t sick, I was on an emotional roller coaster.
Throughout this week I’ve struggled to find the words to convey the emotions I felt throughout the evening. Thank goodness I’m not a song writer, because I just can’t seem to find the words to express my gratitude to Verizon, and to express how incredible it was to listen to King George sing with Alan Jackson, Kenny Chesney, Vince Gill, Miranda Lambert, Sheryl Crow, Faith Hill, Jason Aldean, Eric Church, and his son Bubba. Every song seemed to bring back memories, some that included listening to King George croon from our record player.
My Mom was also a huge George Strait fan, and my eyes filled with tears as he played some of our favorites like “The Chair”, “Marina Del Rey”, “You Look So Good in Love”, and “Oceanfront Property”. It was incredible to watch Strait having the time of his life on stage. From memorable lyrics, to his bedroom eyes, and mannerisms that make my heart beat faster, George Strait performs unlike any other artist. He was born to sing stories and charm fans, and wear a Stetson.
Even though George strummed his guitar and kept the crowd on our feet for three and a half hours, the end came way too soon. He could have played all night, and I don’t think anyone would have left. I’m so grateful I was able to spend my birthday belting out the words to Strait’s songs, screaming at the top of my lungs, and crying as he sang “the last goodbye’s the hardest one to say, this is where the cowboy rides away”. It truly was an unbelievable, unforgettable experience, and the most epic night of my life.
Check out the last seven minutes of his concert, caught on video by Staci & Colby!Yes, I get goosebumps all over again, just from watching it!
I hope, King George and friends, will consider going into the studio and recording the duets they performed together. Miranda Lambert and George sounded fantastic together, and Alan Jackson’s duo of “Amarillo by Morning” was stunning. Thanks for the memories George!
By the way, the generous and fun folks at Verizon were amazing hosts. They not only provided us with a ticket to the greatest concert in history, but they also provided us with chargers, food and drinks, a photo booth, and a gift bag. Plus, I was able to Tweet, Instagram, text, and post to Facebook throughout the night without any issue, despite the other 100,000 people also using their phones!