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George Strait first to perform at new arena

Posted at 11:05 AM, Sep 22, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-22 14:05:24-04

Country superstar George Strait has been announced as the first resident headliner at the new MGM arena that is currently under construction on the Las Vegas Strip.

The announcement was made on Tuesday morning, ending months of speculation. Performances will begin in April, and Strait said "I'm very excited to be coming back out and playing for the fans out there."

It was also announced that rising star Kacey Musgraves will be joining the 63-year-old Texan on stage as the support act for his shows inside the new arena.

Strait has performed in Las Vegas many times, including the MGM Grand Garden on the night before the Super Bowl for many years.

Strait had announced last year that he wasn't going to tour anymore. But, he also said that he was not planning on retiring. At the press conference Tuesday morning, he announced that a new album, Cold Beer Conversation, will be released on Friday. Strait called it "one of the best records I've ever done."

Tickets will go on sale on Oct. 2 on www.straittovegas.com for shows planned for April 22 and 23 and Sept. 9 and 10, 2016.

By the time the April shows arrive, Strait estimates it will have been a year and 10 month since he and his longtime band performed together, other than at awards shows.

Strait has had more than 60 No. 1 country hits over the years and has sold more than 100 million records worldwide.