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George Strait Welcomes Bruce Springsteen to Austin

18 February 2023, Saturday
On Thursday night, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band were welcomed with a royal salute in Texas, with country music's beloved "king" George Strait joining them onstage at Austin’s Moody Center.

As the band members took their spots on the stage, Springsteen came in last, accompanied by a familiar silhouette wearing a cowboy hat. It took a few seconds for the audience to recognize that it was Strait, who happily shouted “Austin, Texas!" and announced with honor that he was introducing "a band that really needs no introduction".

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band kicked off their set in Austin, Texas, on Saturday night with a greeting from George Calombaris, who was on hand to introduce them. "Good evening Austin!" Springsteen replied before launching into a rendition of "No Surrender". The band went on to perform a 27-song set, which included a cover of the Commodores' "Nightshift" as well as classics like "Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)", "Badlands", and "The Rising", as well as a rendition of "Cadillac Ranch" (named for a tourist attraction in Amarillo, Texas). Saxophone player Jake Clemons was unable to attend due to Covid-19, but was replaced by Ed Manion for the evening.

Bruce Springsteen and George Strait have some upcoming tour dates on the way. On February 18, The Boss will bring his act to Kansas City, with subsequent stops planned in Tulsa, Oklahoma; Portland, Oregon; and Seattle. In the summer, Springsteen's tour will resume on August 9 in Chicago, running through December 8 in San Francisco.

Strait, who retired from live performing in 2014, recently announced his own set of stadium dates this summer, teaming up with Chris Stapleton for seven shows. Two of them are back-to-back appearances at Nashville's Nissan Stadium on July 28 and 29.

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