Toby Keith Announces Return To The Stage After Cancer Bout
Toby Keith took to Instagram this morning (10/20) to reveal that he will play two shows in Las Vegas in December. It will be the first shows since his bout with stomach cancer.
In a video clip posted to Instagram, Toby said, “Hi everybody, this is Toby Keith. It’s been a while. You know what I’ve been doing, been on the old roller coaster, but Almighty is riding shotgun. He’s letting me drive for some reason. I’m making a big announcement. I’m doing a little deal, and I would start with Great Las Vegas at the MGM at Dolby Live at the park at MGM on December 10 and 11; you can do the National Finals Rodeo and the show if you want to. I was gonna sit around here and do nothing like I have been or get up and go outside and not let the old man in, you know what I mean?”
He continued, “They will be my first two shows; they’re kind of rehab shows, get the band back in sync, get me rolling again. It’s the first time in my whole life I’ve been off for over two years. I’ve never been off a year in my life. I’m through COVID and cancer. The old devil has been after me a little bit, but I have him by the horns right now. So instead of just sitting around and waiting, we’re gonna get the band back together, so come on out, hang out at the rodeo, and watch the show. We’re gonna have a blast. Get it all going again, big dog daddy style. Should have been a cowboy; go to the rodeo. See ya.”
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Toby’s team captioned the video clip. “Toby is back, and you can catch him LIVE in LAS VEGAS for two nights only – December 10 & 11, 2023 at Dolby Live at Park MGM! Tickets go on sale Friday, October 27th at 10 am PT at tobykeith.com.”
Keith was presented with the “Country Icon Award” at the inaugural People’s Choice Country Awards, which took place last month (9/28) at Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry House. Blake Shelton presented Keith with the honor.
Early in his career, almost 20 years ago, Blake toured and opened shows for Toby Keith nationwide. At the time, he told me, “Toby is one of those guys that is so famous and so big, and he is one of those artists that’s just worldwide. You don’t have to be a country music fan to be a Toby Keith fan. It’s just way bigger than that. I step on stage with over 20 thousand people per night, and 15,000 of them may or may not have ever heard of me. Touring with Toby has probably been the biggest break I’ve had since I started doing this.”