George “Lost a Lot of Sleep” Over Tour Decision

George Strait looks ahead to final tours.

George Strait is likely sleeping better these days after coming to what he calls "a tough decision" to stop touring after 2014. George announced Wednesday (Sept. 26) his plans for The Cowboy Rides Away Tour in 2013 and 2014, which will be his last extensive tour. The 2013 tour kicks off Jan. 18 in Lubbock, Texas.

George told Country Weekly that he still loves performing but the logistics of touring played a part in his decision. "It's just the getting from point A to point B and all that," George said. "I've done it since 1981 and that is a long time. I have lost a lot of sleep over this decision," he added after a thoughtful pause. "It hasn't been easy."

George, who turned 60 this past year, has racked up enough credentials, including his induction to the Country Music Hall of Fame, to call it quits. But that's not on his mind. "I'm saying that this part of my career is coming to an end," George told "I am still gonna make records. But as far as the old grind of going out on tour, that's done after these last two."

Here are the tour dates and cities for the 2013 The Cowboy Rides Away Tour:

Jan. 18 Lubbock, Texas

Jan. 19 Oklahoma City

Jan. 25 Salt Lake City, Utah

Jan. 26 Nampa, Idaho

Jan. 31 Sacramento, Calif.

Feb. 1 Fresno, Calif.

Feb. 2 Las Vegas

Feb. 15 St. Paul, Minn.

Feb. 16 Grand Forks, N.D.

Feb. 22 Buffalo, N.Y.

Feb. 23 Hartford, Conn.

March 1 Knoxville, Tenn.

March 2 Lexington, Ky.

March 17 Houston

March 22 Greenville, S.C.

March 23 Greensboro, N.C.

April 5 Albuquerque, N.M.

April 6 Las Cruces, N.M.

April 12 N. Little Rock, Ark.

April 13 New Orleans

June 1 San Antonio




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