Toby Keith to rock crowds Memorial Day weekend
May 25, 2011
FORT BENNING, Ga. -- Coming off his ninth USO/Armed Forces Entertainment tour to the Middle East, Toby Keith is still performing for troops, this time at the home of Infantry and Armor.
The country music star will be at Wetherby Field Sunday to perform fan favorites as well as tunes from his new album “Bullets In The Gun.”
The show is courtesy of the Army Concert Tour, which brings high-profile artists to a handful of installations each year. Fort Benning is one of seven selected for the 2011 concert series and one of two that garnered Keith, according to tour officials.
Miranda Lambert, Motley Crue, Poison, The New York Dolls, Lynyrd Skynyrd and the Doobie Brothers are also part of the tour and will perform at other select installations.
Keith’s hits include “Whiskey for my Horses,” “American Soldier,” and “Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue (The Angry American).”
As the son of an Army veteran, the Clinton, Okla., native has made it a point to perform for military troops on the battlefield and at home. He’s performed for nearly 160,000 service members since partnering with the United Service Organizations in 2002, according to a spokesperson.
In 2009, he received a distinguished service award from the Military Officers Association of America in recognition for his ongoing support of troops and their families.
Opening for Toby Keith are country bands Gloriana and Mockingbird Sun. Gloriana, known for its 2009 hit single “Wild at Heart,” won the Academy of Country Music’s Award for Top New Vocal Group in 2010.
Fort Benning plays host annually to two to three big-name singers, said Bridgett Siter, of the post’s Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation marketing office.
Last year, the post drew performances from country artists Trace Adkins and Laura Bell Bundy and the U.S. Army Soldier Show.
Thousands are anticipated at the Memorial Day weekend concert, which is open to the public. Tickets went on sale in April. Cost is $35 in advance, $40 the day of the concert.
The concert begins at 6:30 p.m. A pre-show party will kick off at 3 p.m. in the parking lot, with gates opening for seating at 5:30 p.m. Guests are invited to bring blankets and lawn chairs. Food and drink vendors will be on site. Coolers and pets are prohibited. For more information, visit www.benningmwr.com/TK.php .
Following the concert, Keith will prepare for the June 30 launch of his Locked & Loaded Tour.