George Strait continues his “retirement,” which, rather than retreating to his Texas ranch means taking a non-traditional approach to touring, with the announcement of an upcoming summer show at Gillette Stadium just outside Boston in Foxborough, Massachusetts. Blake Shelton, Cody Johnson and Caitlyn Smith will join Strait for the concert, which takes place Saturday, August 17th.
In an Instagram video accompanying the announcement, Shelton feigns incredulity, telling someone off-camera, “That’s not possible, he retired. He made a huge announcement. He said, ‘I am retiring. I’m not going to tour anymore.” Strait, in a separate interview, responds, “I don’t know where that came from. I guess when I said I wasn’t going to tour anymore that they thought maybe I was retiring. But that was never my intention.” He also jokes about Shelton’s other job, as a coach on NBC’s long-running talent competition. “The Voice? Nah, Don’t watch it,” Strait deadpans. “Oh, Adam Levine I’ve heard is on there,” as footage of Shelton praising the King of Country Music is interspersed with Strait’s quips. “He’s pretty entertaining, I like him.”