Toby Keith, Garth Brooks, Willie Nelson Play To 60,000 Fans During Oklahoma Tornado Benefit
Figures are not in yet for how much money Toby Keith’s Oklahoma Twister Relief Concert raised for the United Way, but early reports from his camp indicate that if the nearly daylong show didn’t break records for paid attendance, it sure came close.
The massive concert was held this past Saturday (July 6) at the University of Oklahoma’s Memorial Stadium in Norman, Okla., just outside Oklahoma City and not far from Moore, a town that was devastated by a tornado this past May. Along with Keith (who grew up in Moore and currently owns a house in Norman), the show featured Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood, Willie Nelson, Ronnie Dunn, Mel Tillis, John Anderson, Sammy Hagar, Krystal Keith, Kellie Coffey, and (via satellite) Carrie Underwood.
The sold-out concert packed more than 60,000 fans who, despite the heat, remained energetic throughout, both for the artists and the cause. Proceeds from the concert will benefit the United Way of Central Oklahoma May Tornadoes Relief Fund.
Krystal Keith (Toby’s daughter) kicked off the show at 3 p.m. Saturday, followed by sets from Kellie Coffey and country legend Mel Tillis.
Garth Brooks took the stage in the afternoon and ran through a healthy dose of his best-known hits including “Rodeo,” “Two of a Kind,” “Papa Loved Mama,” “The Thunder Rolls,” “The Dance,” and “Friends in Low Places.” It was his first show in his native Oklahoma in 16 years. “Okies unite! Today is a great day to start the healing process,” he shouted to the crowd during his set.
His wife Trisha Yearwood sang a few of her own (including her own ’90s hits “She’s in Love With the Boy” and “How Do I Live”) and shared mic duties with Garth on their 1997 duet “In Another’s Eyes.”