George Strait may no longer be touring, but he still manages to set new concert records. The country giant recently became only the 16th artist in history to surpass a milestone 10 million career tickets sold.
Strait accomplished the feat during the latest shows of his ongoing Las Vegas residency, Strait To Vegas. His two-night stint at T-Mobile Arena on January 31 and February 1 launched his career ticket benchmark to 10,031,222, according to Billboard. Only 15 other acts have surpassed the 10 million mark, seven of whom are solo artists. Strait is also the second country artists to achieve the feat. He follows Kenny Chesney, who has racked up more than 15 million tickets sold thanks to his constant stream of stadium tours, the latest of which gets underway this summer.
Billboard also notes that the singer’s latest shows bring him closer to selling 500,000 tickets in Las Vegas alone and grossing nearly $68 million. He launched the Strait To Vegas residency in 2016 and routinely performs T-Mobile Arena back-to-back nights every few months. To date, he has played 28 concerts in the residency.
The “King of Country,” now 67, officially retired from touring in 2014 with his massively successful Cowboy Rides Away outing. However, he later returned to the stage for his Las Vegas residency and continues to perform various stand-alone shows throughout the year. Coming up on his schedule this year is an August 22 gig at Minneapolis’ US Bank Stadium, where he’ll be joined by special guests Little Big Town and Chris Stapleton. The following week, Strait returns to Sin City for another double-header at T-Mobile Arena.