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2013-09-10T00:00:00Z Feature Focus nwitimes.com
September 10, 2013 12:00 am

George Strait sets dates for last run on the road

George Strait will finish off his two-year farewell tour in the biggest house in his home state of Texas — the Dallas Cowboys' AT&T Stadium. The country superstar held a rare news conference Monday at the stadium to announce the last leg of his The Cowboy Rides Away tour. He announced he was retiring from the road last year but still plans to record, recently agreeing to a deal for five more studio albums. Strait will take a who's who of country music on the road, including Merle Haggard, Miranda Lambert, Jason Aldean, Eric Church, Sheryl Crow and Ronnie Dunn. The 61-year-old kicks off Jan. 9 and plans stops in Nashville, Los Angeles, Chicago and Foxborough, Mass., the first of two stadium shows to end the tour. AP

Elton John to perform Liberace tribute at Emmys

Elton John is about to do something he's never done: Perform live at the Emmy Awards. The television academy announced Monday that the 66-year-old musician will make his Emmy debut with a tribute to Liberace, whose life story is told in HBO's "Behind the Candelabra." The movie earned 15 Emmy nominations, including lead-actor bids for Michael Douglas and Matt Damon, who play Liberace and his lover Scott Thorson. Douglas and Damon are also set to serve as presenters at the Sept. 22 Emmy ceremony. John's first studio album in seven years, "The Diving Board," is set for release on Sept. 24. Neil Patrick Harris is hosting the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards at the Nokia Theatre, broadcast live on CBS. AP

Lt. Dan Weekend set on new stage in new city

The annual Lt. Dan Weekend is being held in a new city with a new concert venue and a new sponsor. What is not new this week is the purpose and the headliner, actor-musician Gary Sinise and his Lt. Dan Band. This weekend's events, being held for the first time in Charleston, mark the fourth straight year Sinise performs to raise money and show support for wounded vets. Until now, the concert sponsored by the nonprofit Independence Fund, was held in nearby Beaufort, S.C. Sinise played Lt. Dan in the 1994 film "Forrest Gump," filmed in part in South Carolina. This weekend is one of about 50 concerts his band plays yearly in support of America's troops and veterans. About 200 wounded veterans and their caregivers - more than twice the number as in years past - are expected in Charleston, said Steve "Luker" Danyluk, the founder of the Independence Fund. The event, scheduled for Sept. 14, was moved after the organization received an offer from The Citadel, South Carolina's military college, to hold the concert there, he said. AP

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