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(The Hollywood Reporter)   George Strait shatters the Rolling Stones' concert attendance record with 105,000 audience members in Texas. That's a lot of ex's   (hollywoodreporter.com) divider line 78
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2014-06-08 07:55:02 AM  
Subby, if you buy that I've got some oceanfront property in Arizona you may be interested in.
 
2014-06-08 08:06:37 AM  
Yeah, but they're Texans and they're listening to country music.
 
2014-06-08 08:26:29 AM  
I saw George Strait at a country music festival back in 1999. He was by far and away the least talented performer there.
 
2014-06-08 08:58:48 AM  
I wonder if he left them with a smile?
 
2014-06-08 09:03:06 AM  
Damn hippies.
 
2014-06-08 09:03:14 AM  
who?
 
2014-06-08 09:09:57 AM  

enry: Yeah, but they're Texans and they're listening to country music.


This.
 
2014-06-08 09:14:11 AM  
Did any of them have to be in Amarillo by morning?
 
2014-06-08 09:15:50 AM  
img.fark.net

disclosure- I like some country music. But I am old school. Willie, Waylon and Johnny.

Also, going for the biggest crowd is a bad idea. Even when you get to 15,000 seat arenas you lose the connection with the artist. In other words you don't want to see an act in a place big enough to use a big screen, you want to see them in a place that is too small for the screen to fit inside.
 
2014-06-08 09:21:28 AM  
and he's still terrible.
 
2014-06-08 09:28:57 AM  

The_Philosopher_King: disclosure- I like some country music. But I am old school. Willie, Waylon and Johnny.

Also, going for the biggest crowd is a bad idea. Even when you get to 15,000 seat arenas you lose the connection with the artist. In other words you don't want to see an act in a place big enough to use a big screen, you want to see them in a place that is too small for the screen to fit inside.


This. I've seen some awesome performances in very small spaces.
 
2014-06-08 09:30:09 AM  

enry: The_Philosopher_King: disclosure- I like some country music. But I am old school. Willie, Waylon and Johnny.

Also, going for the biggest crowd is a bad idea. Even when you get to 15,000 seat arenas you lose the connection with the artist. In other words you don't want to see an act in a place big enough to use a big screen, you want to see them in a place that is too small for the screen to fit inside.

This. I've seen some awesome performances in very small spaces.


...like the back of a Volkswagen?
 
2014-06-08 09:31:30 AM  
Seems like George forgot the lesson of his movie, "Pure Country".
 
2014-06-08 09:53:41 AM  

IlGreven: Seems like George forgot the lesson of his movie, "Pure Country".


Strait is the only artist I've seen twice. Both times it was him, his band and his music. No fancy light shows, no explosions, no dancers, so I have no idea what your point is.
/ Strait is awesome
 
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2014-06-08 09:56:12 AM  
I love his music.  It reminds me of a time when life went by just a bit slower.

™ that could've also been caused by the drugs, but get off my lawn
 
2014-06-08 10:03:52 AM  

cantsleep: IlGreven: Seems like George forgot the lesson of his movie, "Pure Country".

Strait is the only artist I've seen twice. Both times it was him, his band and his music. No fancy light shows, no explosions, no dancers, so I have no idea what your point is.
/ Strait is awesome


He wears costumes.

/never saw Pure Country
//don't even know any Strait songs.
 
2014-06-08 10:10:34 AM  

mikemoto: I saw George Strait at a country music festival back in 1999. He was by far and away the least talented performer there.


And that's saying a lot.
 
2014-06-08 10:13:29 AM  
The_Philosopher_King:

disclosure- I like some country music. But I am old school. Willie, Waylon and Johnny.

Also, going for the biggest crowd is a bad idea. Even when you get to 15,000 seat arenas you lose the connection with the artist. In other words you don't want to see an act in a place big enough to use a big screen, you want to see them in a place that is too small for the screen to fit inside.



This is supposed to be the last concert of his 40 year career.   This whole last tour has been geared towards him retiring.  Last night's show was in Texas Stadium, so I think it was more about going out with a bang, and letting as many people as possible be in attendance.

I suspect for most of the crowd, it was all about getting to be part of George's last show, and the quality of the seat probably was secondary.
 
2014-06-08 10:14:18 AM  

enry: Yeah, but they're Texans and they're listening to country music.


I've heard they also occasionally listen to Western music
 
2014-06-08 10:27:40 AM  
From the article:
  More than 10,000 fans alone took in the three-hour show from the stadium floor.
"Oh, man. I tell you what. This is too much fun," he said.

1. That is good writing.

2. HANK HILL IS REAL!
 
2014-06-08 10:33:56 AM  

dccc: This is supposed to be the last concert of his 40 year career.


Don't get me wrong. I understand, and can see why people want to be there. They want to honor him. It wasn't a night about the music, it was about the man. It is pretty cool that they broke the record at a concert for him. But the idea that music and arenas are a good mix is a bad idea. It is fresh in my mind because I just saw a show at a 2,700 venue on Tuesday. This just happened to be the first thread I came upon in which I could vent.
 
2014-06-08 10:34:03 AM  
It's called "the lemming effect".
 
2014-06-08 10:34:59 AM  
What has 210,000 legs and 12 teeth?
 
2014-06-08 10:38:02 AM  
Man...that's a lot of people whose ex-wife ran over their dog while stealing their truck.
 
2014-06-08 10:40:53 AM  

JWMcLoud: From the article:
  More than 10,000 fans alone took in the three-hour show from the stadium floor.
"Oh, man. I tell you what. This is too much fun," he said.

1. That is good writing.

2. HANK HILL IS REAL!


o/~ A three hour show....
 
2014-06-08 10:46:14 AM  

dccc: I suspect for most of the crowd, it was all about getting to be part of George's last show, and the quality of the seat probably was secondary.


Yep.  A co-worker took two days off work to go to it.
 
2014-06-08 10:46:26 AM  

dccc: The_Philosopher_King:

disclosure- I like some country music. But I am old school. Willie, Waylon and Johnny.

Also, going for the biggest crowd is a bad idea. Even when you get to 15,000 seat arenas you lose the connection with the artist. In other words you don't want to see an act in a place big enough to use a big screen, you want to see them in a place that is too small for the screen to fit inside.


This is supposed to be the last concert of his 40 year career.   This whole last tour has been geared towards him retiring.  Last night's show was in Texas Stadium, so I think it was more about going out with a bang, and letting as many people as possible be in attendance.

I suspect for most of the crowd, it was all about getting to be part of George's last show, and the quality of the seat probably was secondary.


This.

My friends has been posting videos of it all over facebook, the crowd was nuts.

Oh wait, according to fark, the people who went are wrong. Thank god the geniuses on here are around to guide me on what is approved fun and isn't.
 
2014-06-08 10:47:58 AM  

Summoner101: enry: Yeah, but they're Texans and they're listening to country music.

I've heard they also occasionally listen to Western music


So.... Both kinds?
 
2014-06-08 11:04:35 AM  
"Country music king George Strait capped off the last tour of his career with an epic, star-studded final performance at the billion-dollar stadium where the Dallas Cowboys play, dazzling an audience of nearly 105,000 people with duet after duet with some of the biggest names in country music"

UK 1
US 0.
 
2014-06-08 11:18:39 AM  
I live in Texas, and for the most part, I can't stand country music. I can maybe name you two George Strait songs. With that said, "The Chair" is one of my all time favorites. It's just simple, sweet, and to the point. Great song IMO.
 
2014-06-08 11:29:42 AM  

gfid: cantsleep: IlGreven: Seems like George forgot the lesson of his movie, "Pure Country".

Strait is the only artist I've seen twice. Both times it was him, his band and his music. No fancy light shows, no explosions, no dancers, so I have no idea what your point is.
/ Strait is awesome

He wears costumes.

 
If by "costume" you mean a carefully chosen look to convey to meet the projections of his intended audience, so does virtually every performer.
 
2014-06-08 11:34:41 AM  
i'v heard that george strait isn't.
 
2014-06-08 11:39:19 AM  

enry: The_Philosopher_King: disclosure- I like some country music. But I am old school. Willie, Waylon and Johnny.

Also, going for the biggest crowd is a bad idea. Even when you get to 15,000 seat arenas you lose the connection with the artist. In other words you don't want to see an act in a place big enough to use a big screen, you want to see them in a place that is too small for the screen to fit inside.

This. I've seen some awesome performances in very small spaces.


I remember seeing Nine Inch Nails in junior high, on the tour for The Downward Spiral.  "Closer" hadn't been released yet as a single, so he was still playing relatively small/medium venues.  It was this tiny-ass club in Portland that was assholes and elbows, but it was pretty cool being able to make eye contact with Trent Reznor from literally anywhere in the club.

A few years later, I saw him at some huge-ass arena touring with David Bowie.  It was still a great show, but our seats meant you were never entirely who was who, on stage.
 
2014-06-08 11:41:46 AM  

The_Philosopher_King: [img.fark.net image 500x704]

disclosure- I like some country music. But I am old school. Willie, Waylon and Johnny.

Also, going for the biggest crowd is a bad idea. Even when you get to 15,000 seat arenas you lose the connection with the artist. In other words you don't want to see an act in a place big enough to use a big screen, you want to see them in a place that is too small for the screen to fit inside.


Keyboard, new, owe,..
Right with you on Willie and Waylon...
 
2014-06-08 11:44:24 AM  

gfid: cantsleep: IlGreven: Seems like George forgot the lesson of his movie, "Pure Country".

Strait is the only artist I've seen twice. Both times it was him, his band and his music. No fancy light shows, no explosions, no dancers, so I have no idea what your point is.
/ Strait is awesome

He wears costumes.

/never saw Pure Country
//don't even know any Strait songs.


Blue jeans, button down shirt, Ropers and a Stetson. Sounds like every male at a country bar, not a costume.

/Except for the music and all the other actors, Pure Country kinda sucked. But not as bad as Pure Country 2.
 
2014-06-08 11:44:39 AM  
If he hurries he can still make Cheyenne.
 
2014-06-08 11:46:07 AM  

shortdarkandmeh: Willie and Waylon...


I'd take the latter ANY day over the former.
//yeah, I know he's dead. So?
 
2014-06-08 11:48:59 AM  

FlashHarry: i'v heard that george strait isn't.


Them's fightin' words.
 
2014-06-08 11:53:08 AM  
I still remember the big countrypaooza show here in '97.

Rained all damn day. When George came out on stage, the skies cleared. When he finished the show,it started raining again.

/Great show
//Was before a lot of today's "legends" hit it big.
 
2014-06-08 11:56:18 AM  

John Buck 41: shortdarkandmeh: Willie and Waylon...

I'd take the latter ANY day over the former.
//yeah, I know he's dead. So?


Same here. Waylon gave me the thumbs-up at a show once when I raised my bottle to him. I told my wife I could die right then and be ok.
 
2014-06-08 12:03:02 PM  

The_Philosopher_King: dccc: This is supposed to be the last concert of his 40 year career.

Don't get me wrong. I understand, and can see why people want to be there. They want to honor him. It wasn't a night about the music, it was about the man. It is pretty cool that they broke the record at a concert for him. But the idea that music and arenas are a good mix is a bad idea. It is fresh in my mind because I just saw a show at a 2,700 venue on Tuesday. This just happened to be the first thread I came upon in which I could vent.


Shame this was his farewell tour. I always wanted to see him live. Not necessarily in something like Jerry's palace though. So as to your point about music and stadiums/arenas i totally agree. The last concert I went to was Dwight Yoakam at a 1500 seat venue and it was excellent. He did a 2 hour plus show with no intermission and 2 encores. It felt like he connected with the crowd which is something you arent going to get in an arena.
 
2014-06-08 12:04:43 PM  
yea...
Was in Dallas Friday/Saturday for a conference my husband had to attend (at the Scottish Rite Hospital)...
2 months ago when I booked the room, could not understand why almost every single hotel in Dallas was booked solid... Someone told me about the George Strait show...
Also, this weekend, at our hotel vicinity:
The Gun Show convention was next door
An Anime Convention was at the hotel across the freeway

We left at 3 on Saturday, back home by 7....

/Child chose to spend the day at the Ross Perot Museum..
//chose that over the Lego thing at Grapevine...
///my child is pretty cool
 
2014-06-08 12:11:50 PM  

sararenne: Child chose to spend the day at the Ross Perot Museum..
//chose that over the Lego thing at Grapevine...
///my child is pretty cool


I'm not sure "cool" would be the word I'd use in that situation.
 
2014-06-08 12:15:39 PM  
I dont listen to that much country music, but George Strait is a legend up there with Willie, Waylon, and Hank. He doesn't HAVE to have a crowd that large, but he is able to pull one in that large because he's THAT good/respected. Like many other farkers have said above me: He doesn't need the flash. He's good quality country music.
 
2014-06-08 12:18:21 PM  

Confabulat: sararenne: Child chose to spend the day at the Ross Perot Museum..
//chose that over the Lego thing at Grapevine...
///my child is pretty cool

I'm not sure "cool" would be the word I'd use in that situation.


Ok, incredibly nerdy... but I work for Lego (part time at the local mall).. the last thing I want to do on a mini-vaca is hang out where I work... Kid loves the blocks, can't get enough of them...
But the Ross Perot museum is an awesome piece of architecture, and he wants to be an architect or engineer when he "grows up", and really wanted to see the inside of the building...
I let him choose which adventure he wanted to do while his dad was at the meeting at the SR hospital..
Even offered walking over to the Anime convention to make fun of people, he did not want to do that...
 
2014-06-08 12:37:22 PM  
I'm not sure what the scope of that record is... But Genesis played to half a million people in Rome in 2007.
 
2014-06-08 12:41:27 PM  

LewDux: "Country music king George Strait capped off the last tour of his career with an epic, star-studded final performance at the billion-dollar stadium where the Dallas Cowboys play, dazzling an audience of nearly 105,000 people with duet after duet with some of the biggest names in country music"

UK 1
US 0.


I don't know if I would exactly call whatever the Cowboys do inside Texas Stadium "playing football".

/Live neat Seattle
//Can be smug until the season starts
 
2014-06-08 12:50:07 PM  

Summoner101: enry: Yeah, but they're Texans and they're listening to country music.

I've heard they also occasionally listen to Western music


"Western Music" is what now gets called Texas Swing; you hear a lot of its influence in Willie Nelson stuff since the 1970s and Bob Dylan's recent work.
 
2014-06-08 12:53:05 PM  
You can't count all the babies and grandchildren in the audience as audience members.
 
2014-06-08 12:59:53 PM  

dccc: Last night's show was in Texas Stadium


I kind of doubt that, considering they demolished Texas Stadium four years ago.

Mad_Radhu: I don't know if I would exactly call whatever the Cowboys do inside Texas Stadium "playing football".

/Live neat Seattle
//Can be smug until the season starts


I wouldn't be too smug, seeing as they haven't played in Texas Stadium since the 2008 season.

/it's AT&T Stadium (formerly Cowboys Stadium)
 
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