George Strait might’ve retired from touring five years ago, but he’s still making as much money on the road as he ever has.
King George ranks #2 on Billboard’s latest Hot Tours ranking, second only to pop star Pink. There’s a pretty considerable difference though: Pink raked in more than $28 million for fourteen dates, while Strait made nearly $25 million for just two.
The “Every Little Honky Tonk Bar” hitmaker took in $12.7 million for his March 17 engagement at NRG Stadium in Houston. It’s the biggest concert ever for the venue, surpassing recent shows by Beyonce and Jay-Z and Taylor Swift.
It also ranks as Strait’s second-best moneymaker ever: The only time he made more was the final show of his farewell tour. He banked more than $18 million for the June 7, 2014 set at AT&T Stadium near Dallas.
The Country Music Hall of Famer’s other recent show was March 30 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. He did pretty well there too, tallying another $12 million.
Strait’s latest chart-topping album is the newly released Honky Tonk Time Machine.
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