Country Legend Toby Keith Returns To The Stage With Unforgettable, Two-Hour Las Vegas Concert

Keith, 62, delivered a two-hour show backed with hits.

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Lauren Jo Black

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December 11, 2023

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Toby Keith; Photo by Greg Watermann

Country music icon Toby Keith, 62, returned to the stage for the first of three sold-out shows at  Dolby Live at Park MGM in Las Vegas on Sunday evening (Dec. 10). 

According to social media posts, the lauded singer/songwriter was introduced to the stage by his longtime friend, Sammy Hagar. Joined by his band, Keith delivered a show packed full of hits and stories. He performed for two hours and at one point, he surprised fans with a segment of songs that “should’ve been singles.” 

The Vibe Inside The Venue Was “Electric”

An X user shared that the Oklahoma native was “great” and that he shared personal stories in between songs throughout the night. “This place is electric,” the concert attendee shared.

Toby Keith; Photo by Greg Watermann
Toby Keith; Photo by Greg Watermann

Photos taken by audience members show the “Oklahoma Breakdown” singer surrounded by a full band, including a horn section, while sporting a cowboy hat, jeans, a white jacket, and what appears to be dog tags around his neck. 

During the show, Keith was joined on stage by his friend and former labelmate, Trace Adkins, for a duet. 

For the set list, the Songwriters Hall of Fame member assembled his biggest hits, including “Beer For My Horses,” “How Do You Like Me Now,” “You Shouldn’t Kiss Me Like This,” “Red Solo Cup,” and “Courtesy of the Red White And Blue.” 

“Don’t Let The Old Man In”

Keith also treated fans to a performance of his poignant solo write, “Don’t Let The Old Man In.” 

When introducing the song, Keith shared, “I was so obsessed as a songwriter in writing that song that I couldn’t even concentrate for weeks. I mean, went home, I was obsessed. My wife would be talking to me and she would go, ‘You didn’t even hear a word I said, did you?  I was like, ‘No.’”

He went on to recall how the song landed in the movie The Mule and shared the story behind his viral performance of “Don’t Let The Old Man In” during the 2023 People’s Choice Country Awards. At this time, he revealed that it was the producer of Dick Clark Productions who suggested that he perform the song on the show.  

“It was monumental, it went to number one instantly on iTunes,” Keith recalled from the stage in a video captured by a concertgoer. 

The song was later sent to Country radio via BMLG Records. 

Toby Keith; Photo by Greg Watermann
Toby Keith; Photo by Greg Watermann

A “Triumphant Return”

Following his first Las Vegas concert, Toby Keith took to social media to share snapshots from his big night. 

“It was a triumphant return. One hell of a night in Vegas,” he wrote. “Ready to do it all over again tonight.”

The superstar is set to return to the Dolby Live at Park MGM stage this evening, Dec. 11, and will close out the three-show run on Thursday, Dec. 14. The shows sold out in minutes and became on the fast-selling tickets in the venue’s history. 

Toby Keith; Photo by Greg Watermann
Toby Keith; Photo by Greg Watermann

Exploring New Cancer Treatments

As he continues to battle his stomach cancer diagnosis, Keith recently shared that he was exploring new treatment options in Florida. 

“It’s a rollercoaster all the time with this stuff. I have the resources financially and otherwise to get the best treatments I can get. They’re taking great care of me and I’m getting all the latest stuff you can get,” he said during the segment dubbed Conversations with Coach. “In fact, I’m going to Florida to see another guy down there that’s got some other kind of treatments and I’m trying ’em all I’m throwing the kitchen sink at it.”

While Keith has yet to unveil plans for touring in 2024, he recently teased that he is “getting the trucks and buses fired up” during an interview with Taste of Country

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for Answers.com and her work being featured on Forbes.com. She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.