Toby Keithâ€™s Twister Relief Show Breaks Attendance Records
15 July 2013 news
Toby Keithâ€˜s Oklahoma Twister Relief concert was a huge success, with emotionally-charged performancesbuoyed by a collective effort to help out victims of the deadly May tornadoes in the Sooner state. Country fans did their part in showing up to the event, breaking attendance records at Oklahoma Universityâ€™s Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on Saturday (July 6). There were allegedly over 60,000 fans in attendance at the benefit show in Norman, Okla., and while proceeds havenâ€™t yet been calculated, the fact that it had record-breaking attendance means it was probably a grand-slam event. With performances from some of country musicâ€™s biggest acts, the incredible set of musicians were on the top of their game, including Garth Brooks and Toby Keithâ€™s daughter, Krystal Keith, plus Trisha Yearwood, Ronnie Dunn, rocker Sammy Hagar, John Anderson, Wade Hayes, Mel Tillis, Willie Nelson and Carrie Underwood (via satellite). It seems that everyone wanted to get involved in the twister relief benefit, as former University of Oklahoma and Dallas Cowboys football coach Barry Switzer introduced Tillis, and after the tornadoes tore through Keithâ€™s hometown, Brooks immediately called his fellow singer up to volunteer his own musical services. â€œEverybody is here for the right reasons,â€ Keith said before the show. â€œYou really have to see the devastation with your own eyes to appreciate how bad it is. Itâ€™s probably what a war zone looks like.â€ The country star was introduced by Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin, who said, â€œWe may have had setbacks here, but we will have a really strong Oklahoma comeback.â€ The sold-out crowd got their fill of fan favorite songs, ranging from Keithâ€™s â€˜American Soldierâ€™ to some of Brooks & Dunnâ€˜s greatest hits, and even were treated to a 10-minute fireworks display. However, the focus of the show was on helping Oklahoma heal, and Keith shared a heart wrenching story of an 8-year-old boy heâ€™d met at the childrenâ€™s hospital who was badly injured and lost his mother in the storms. â€œI was hoping to have him with me today as an assistant, but he wasnâ€™t well enough to come,â€ the star revealed. â€œAll we can do is help as many as we can, but we can never replace things like lost family treasures.â€ As Oklahoma continues to recuperate, itâ€™s incredibly encouraging to see 60,000 country music fans step up to help make a difference. Through the efforts of many, healing can begin to take place.