George Strait rode off into the sunset of all sunsets this weekend. A record of approximately 105,000 concert-goers attended Strait's concert at AT&T Stadium in Dallas to watch the final show of Strait's last tour -- marking the last time the country superstar will ever perform a concert of his own.
The number is almost mind-numbingly high. 105,000 people inside AT&T Stadium for a concert -- but it wasn't just Strait there -- Miranda Lambert, Kenny Chesney, Alan Jackson, Sheryl Crow, Martina McBride, Jason Aldean, Bubba Strait, Vince Gill and Faith Hill all joined Strait at various times throughout his 41-song setlist, which concluded aptly with, "The Cowboy Rides Away."
There's no doubting that Strait is an absolute superstar in the music industry, but he's never been known for having record-breaking attendance numbers in terms of touring. Despite his illustrious career, Strait never managed to crack the top 20 on the highest-grossing tours of all-time -- yet he managed to draw over 100,000 for his final concert.
What if music's biggest touring superstars called it quits -- and declared in advance that it the tour was going to be that band or artist's final tour?
Of the 20 highest-grossing tours of all-time, three broke the five million mark in terms of attendance. Pink Floyd's The Division Bell Tour in 1994 was seen by 6,000,000 people. The Rolling Stones' Voodoo Lounge Tour in 1994-95 was even bigger, as the Stones played to over 6,300,000 fans throughout 124 shows.
The highest-grossing and most-attended tour of all-time recently concluded. U2 played 110 shows between 2009-11 on the 360 Tour, and played to over 7,200,000 fans, while grossing over $700,000,000.
Obviously, the Stones, Pink Floyd or U2 would have to find a venue large enough to hold over 100,000 people, but if any of those three bands announced a final tour -- especially in Pink Floyd's case, since it would involve a reunion at that -- and a final show date, then Strait's record of 105,000 for an individual concert would fall with relative ease.
What do you think? Who could break Strait's attendance record, and who would you go see on a farewell tour?