It happened to The Judds. It happened to Alabama. And it happened to Brooks and Dunn. So, it’s little surprise that after George Strait announced his retirement from touring in 2012 that he continues to perform. In fact, he’s just announced that he’ll return to Las Vegas in 2020.
So far, the King has announced two shows at the T-Mobile Arena—January 31 and February 1—and maybe we’re optimistic thinking there will be more, but in the past three years since he’s been selling out that venue, he has added dates a handful at a time. We won’t be mad if he does that again.
Of course, this comes hot on the heels of the announcement that he’ll perform two shows in the heartland in 2020. On January 24, he’ll host Visit Wichita Presents Strait to Oz at the Intrust Bank Arena in Wichita, and on January 25 and 26, he’ll set up in Kansas City for Strait to the Heartland at the Sprint Center.
Oh yeah, then there’s this small matter of the limited-edition re-issue of the insanely popular 1995 Strait Out of the Box: Part 1 collection of some of George’s biggest hits. Mark your calendars! That goes on sale exclusively at Walmart on September 13, but is also available for pre-order on the Walmart website.
Now, in his defense, George only said he was retiring from lengthy, exhausting, yearlong tours that criss-cross the country and demand fleets of busses and tractor-trailers to accommodate their needs. The Judds had their Farewell Tour in 1991, but reunited for one-off shows until 2010 when they launched the Last Encore Show. Alabama performed their final show in 2003, but then resumed touring in 2013 and are now celebrating their 50th year. In 2009, Brooks and Dunn decided they were finished, but have since reunited for a Las Vegas residency with Reba McEntire and a new album, Reboot.
Now, Garth? He doesn’t count. He never said he was retiring. He only pressed “pause” on his career until his daughters were out of school.
Not mad about that either.