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George Strait set to be surrounded by other stars at final show in Texas

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ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- It's the end of the trail for country music king George Strait, who will wrap up his final tour Saturday with a star-filled show at the lavish home of the Dallas Cowboys in his home state of Texas.

The show brings an end to nearly 40 years on the road for Strait, which started in 1975 with the Ace in the Hole Band. And he plans to do it in style, inviting several of country's biggest stars, including Miranda Lambert, Jason Aldean and Eric Church.

Yet the focus will still be on the 62-year-old singer, who is beloved in country music with a career decades longer than most. He's had more songs top Billboard's country music charts than any other musician. And while he's quitting the road, he may yet add to his chart-topping total after renewing his deal with MCA Records last year to produce five more albums.

"It's a little bittersweet to know that some of these places, I'll never go back to, never play again," Strait said at a news conference at AT&T Stadium in September. "It's sad for me, but I'm taking it all in and the crowd, they're giving it to me."

Strait's 1981 single "Unwound" propelled him to stardom. His first No. 1 hit came the following year with "Fool Hearted Memory" and he's now had 44 songs spend time atop Billboard's country music rankings. He has more gold and platinum albums than any other artist except for Elvis Presley and The Beatles.

He's just as successful on the road. His 584 shows since 1990 have grossed more than $405 million.

Born in Poteet and raised in Pearsall, about 60 miles southwest of San Antonio, Strait's spare honky-tonk style, barroom ballads and cowboy dress helped inspire a generation of country music artists, including most who will share the stage Saturday night.

Tickets for Strait's last show -- his 46th performance of the two-year Cowboy Rides Away tour -- were selling Friday for an average of $688 on the secondary market, according to

Those attending the star-studded show will want to pack lightly for the event. Due to stadium security policies aimed at enhancing public safety, AT&T Stadium limits the size and style of bags allowed inside the 100,000-seat capacity venue. 
According to the policy, prohibited items include, but are not limited to: All purses, bags or containers larger than a small, single-compartment clutch purse; backpacks; binocular cases (binoculars may be worn around the neck); briefcases; camera bags; cinch bags; computer bags; coolers; diaper bags; fanny packs; luggage of any kind and seat cushions. 
Approved bags include clear totes that are plastic, vinyl or PVS and do not exceed 12-by-6-by-12 inches in dimension; re-sealable, clear, plastic storage bags up to one gallon in size; and small clutch purses that are approximately the size of a hand. Clutch purses cannot be larger than 5-and-one-half-inches by 8-and-one-half-inches with or without a handle or strap. 
Despite what pre-printed tickets for the event may say, gates to the plazas at AT&T Stadium will open at 3:00 p.m. and doors to the stadium will open at 4:00, with the show set to begin at 6:00. 

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