King of Country George Strait includes Phoenix-area stop on brief 2023 stadium tour

Oct 24, 2022, 9:20 AM | Updated: 9:53 am

George Strait performs onstage during Austin City Limits Festival at Zilker Park on Oct. 1, 2021, i...

George Strait performs onstage during Austin City Limits Festival at Zilker Park on Oct. 1, 2021, in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Rich Fury/Getty Images)

(Photo by Rich Fury/Getty Images)

PHOENIX – All rise for the King of Country.

George Strait is holding court in metro Phoenix as part of a limited stadium tour next year.

The iconic singer/songwriter’s May 6 concert at State Farm Stadium in Glendale is the first of just six dates on the tour.

Grammy winners Chris Stapleton and Little Big Town will open the shows.

“When I walk through those curtains and see those smiling faces, my feet don’t touch the ground again ’til I walk back out and get on that bus that got me there. That’s from a song I wrote called ‘I’ll Always Remember You.’ It’s a true statement,” Strait told Billboard.

“When we talked about doing these six shows next year with Chris, it was a no-brainer for me. I was all in.”

Tickets for the Valley stop go on sale to the general public on Nov. 4 at 10 a.m.

Fans can sign up for presale access through the State Farm Stadium website.

After the Glendale show, the tour will hit stadiums in Milwaukee, Seattle, Denver and Nashville before concluding in Tampa on Aug. 5.

Strait hasn’t performed in Arizona since a 2014 stop on The Cowboy Rides Away tour. He hasn’t done an extended tour since then.

The 70-year-old Texan has earned his place among country music royalty with a record 44 No. 1 hits on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart.

He’s also had crossover success with five No. 1 albums on the Billboard 200 and 37 songs climbing into the Billboard Hot 100 list.

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King of Country George Strait includes Phoenix-area stop on brief 2023 stadium tour