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A night of feel good country music

Toby Keith with Ned Ledoux
AVA Amphitheater
Tucson, AZ
October 29, 2017
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Review and photos by Frances Sealy

Fans flocked to AVA Amphitheater when Toby Keith came to town. This was the last show of the year for Keith and he promised a special party for his faithful fans. He quipped, "I know they have a curfew here, but on the last night of a tour, we play a lot of shit. Just saying."

Opener, Ned LeDoux, son of cowboy country music legend Chris LeDoux got things underway. LeDoux, started in music as a drummer in 1999 in his dad's band. He took over as a front man for the band after his father died in 2005. He presents himself as a cowboy from Wyoming. As he said, "What you see is what you get." The singer/songwriter's music doesn't stray from his famous father's music. LeDoux is touring in support of his new album release, Sagebrush. The set started out slow, but built up until the end when he was leaping across the stage.

Toby Keith, his red solo cup, and his "Cracker Jack" band took the stage and he was ready to party. The set started with a short film of his visit to Afghanistan to entertain the troops. His nationalism set the mood of the show. There were many dedications delivered including Glen Campbell, Merle Haggard, the firemen, the policemen doctors, nurses, the military and their families. Anyone who put his/her life in jeopardy to serve the public was on his list of appreciation.

Electric performances of fan favorites was the order of the night that included "Red Solo Cup," "Wacky Tobaccy," "American Ride," and "I Love this Bar." "Beer For My Horses" was performed with a video of Willie Nelson singing his part of the duet. It didn't matter what songs from Keith's repertoire he sang. The fans knew every word of every song and they sang as they waved their red solo cups. The louder they sang the better Keith liked it. The only complaint Keith had was when his cup went dry.

The only serious moments during the show were with the dedications he gave to Glen Campbell and Merle Haggard. There was a video playing in the background as he gave a heartfelt dedication to each star. Keith's words were filled with personal stories of his relationship with Campbell and Haggard. There was no talk of politics. It was an evening of 'goodtime' fun.
Set List:
1. Stoned This Morning
2. American Ride
3. Made in America
4. Beers Ago
5. I Wanna Talk About Me
6. Wacky Tobaccy
7. Beer for My Horses
8. Need More Cowboys
9. Wichita Lineman (Glen Campbell cover)
10. Mama Tried / I Started Loving You Again /
I Think I'll Just Stay Here and Drink /
Workin' Man Blues / Silver Wings /
Okie From Muskogee / The Fightin' Side of Me
11. Who's Your Daddy?
12. Red Solo Cup
13. As Good as I Once Was
14. I Love This Bar
15. Should've Been a Cowboy
16. Whiskey Girl
17. How Do You Like Me Now?
18. A Little Less Talk and a Lot More Action/ Stanglehold (Ted Nugent cover)

19. American Soldier
20. Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue (The Angry American)

Related articles:

Toby Keith (Country Thunder 2012) - Festival review - Twin Lakes, WI July 2012
Toby Keith (Country Music Television Awards) - Awards review - Nashville, TN April 2008
Toby Keith (Summerfest 2007) - Festival review - Milwaukee, WI July 2007
Toby Keith (Farm Aid 2002) - Festival review - Burgettstown, PA Sept. 2002

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