George Strait delivers, and fans eat it up

The love fest started before George Strait even got on stage.

The roar from the packed Bridgestone Arena crowd started building the second Strait was spotted on the arena floor and built to a near deafening crescendo as he scrambled up on the stage in the middle of the floor.
The house lights came up as Strait smiled, took a slow victory stroll around the stage and gently pumped his fists.

'I hope y'all don't have anywhere to go anytime soon because we have a lot of songs to play for you,' he said to more roars, 'some old songs and a few surprises.'

Strait delivered on all the above, turning in 34 songs in two hours and 20 minutes and delivering duets with fellow country stars Eric Church and Kenny Chesney.

After more than 30 years in the business, Strait didn't even get to half of the 60 country radio chart-toppers in his career.

And the old songs stretched all the way back to his first album, released in 1981, when Strait sang 'Blame it on Mexico' five songs in to the show.

As usual, Strait had no special effects, no pyro, little video he just moved around the stage and sang his songs, to adoring fans.

And if they loved him, Strait loved 'em right back. After he finished several of the songs, Strait, with the house lights on, would smile and point and slowly turn a full circle, as if he were trying to memorize each fan's face before the show ended.

'The old cowboy's riding away but not really,' he said after his second song. 'I'll still be around, trust me.'

As he has on most tour stops, Strait got his opening act Sheryl Crow for the Nashville show to come out and do a couple of songs with him. Strait and Crow did 'Here for a Good Time' and 'When Did You Stop Loving Me'

Unlike other cities, Strait pulled a couple of fellow superstars to do one song each with him.

Church, in sunglasses but no ballcap, was all smiles and excitement when he did 'Cowboys Like Us' about halfway through the show.

Chesney, in ballcap and white T-shirt, came out eight songs later to sing 'Amarillo By Morning' with Strait.