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Toby Keith "Locked & Loaded Tour" dates announced

by Brandy McDonnell Published: March 31, 2011

The 2010 “American Ride Tour” ranked as one of Pollstar’s top outings of the year, bringing more than a million fans to venues across the continent to see Toby Keith. The Oklahoma-based singer, songwriter and  2011 Academy of Country Music Entertainer of the Year nominee has been drawing those kinds of crowds for a decade now, and with Keith’s “Locked & Loaded Tour,” presented by Ford F-Series, he’ll do it again.

Keith’s place as one of music’s marquee entertainers is reflected in the eight nominations and two wins he’s received in the ACM’s most prestigious category since the turn of the millenium ­ 2000, 2001, 2002 (won), 2003 (won), 2004, 2005, 2009, 2011. Keith was also up for Best Male Country Vocal Performance at this month’s Grammys for “Cryin’ For Me,” his tribute to the late Wayman Tisdale. And on this latest outing, his long association with presenting sponsor Ford F-Series continues. His “Locked & Loaded Tour” begins June 30 in Mt. Pleasant, Mich.

Capitol Nashville recording artist Eric Church is the special guest.

More than 30 dates are already confirmed with a total of 44 US cities being scheduled, including stops in Washington, D.C., Los Angeles and West Palm Beach, Fla. Keith typically only plays top markets, which leaves out his home state; however, he did play a one-off show last year at Thackerville’s WinStar World Casino, where one of his I Love This Bar & Grill chain restaurants is located.

In addition to his U.S. dates, 12 cities in Europe will be added to the itinerary, marking Ketih’s first return to the area to perform since his 2009 sold-out “World’s Toughest Tour.” Once again the Hellraiser Super Saver ticket will be offered to ensure that there is a great seat for every budget.

The Norman resident, his band and crew are preparing their critically acclaimed show that will feature nearly 1,000 square feet of video screens, a giant “T” shaped ramp that will house the “Club T” party pit, and an extravagant pyrotechnics display, all spiced with fresh sounds from Keith’s current album “Bullets in the Gun.”

The latest single from the album, “Somewhere Else,” is Keith’s favorite track on the album and playing at radio now. On March 15, he released “10,” a compilation of his biggest music video hits on DVD. And though a formal announcement has yet to be made, Keith’s annual spring United Service Organization tour will also likely make an appearance on his 2011 itinerary.

On Jan. 29, he returned to the Grand Ole Opry stage eight years after his first and only performance there.

Most recently, his songs have surpassed 70 million airplay spins according to performing rights organization BMI. For a songwriter/artist, there may be no greater marker of success. And the Oklahoma native has often said that the accumulated airplay of hits he’s written for himself is the most significant measurable achievement of his career.

In fact, few self-contained artists in the history of the recording industry can boast as consistent and long-tenured a run on the charts as Keith.

“Bullets in the Gun” debuted at No. 1 on the all-genre Billboard 200 upon its October 2010 launch, rolling Keith into his 18th-straight year with a chart-topping album and/or single.

Capitol Nashville’s Eric Church was just named ACM’s Top New Solo Vocalist and is nominated for Top New Artist. He has produced hits including “Smoke A Little Smoke,” “Hell On The Heart” and “Love Your Love The Most,” from his critically acclaimed sophomore album “Carolina.” Described by Rolling Stone as possessing “old-school songwriting craftsmanship,” Church wrote or co-wrote every song. He recently graced the cover of Billboard and had his songwriting featured in People Country. Church is known for rowdy, energy-packed performances the Washington Post called “one of the most spirited live shows in country music.”

See the list of “Locked & Loaded Tour” dates after the break.

Toby Keith’s “Locked & Loaded Tour,” presented by Ford F-Series, confirmed dates:

6/30/11 Mt. Pleasant, MI

7/1/11 Milwaukee, WI

7/2/11 Dauphin, MB

7/15/11 Cleveland, OH

7/16/11 St. Clairsville, OH

7/22/11 Raleigh, NC

7/23/11 Virginia Beach, VA

7/30/11 Cheyenne, WY

7/31/11 Camrose, AB *

8/4/11 Sacramento, CA

8/5/11 Mountain View, CA

8/9/11 Sturgis, SD *

8/12/11 San Diego, CA

8/13/11 Irvine, CA

8/19/11 Portland, CA

8/20/11 Seattle, WA

8/31/11 St. Paul, MN

9/2/11 Holmdel, NJ

9/3/11 Pittsburgh, PA

9/4/11 Buffalo, NY

9/9/11 Philadelphia, PA

9/10/11 Washington, DC

9/14/11 York, PA

9/15/11 Scranton, PA

9/16/11 Hartford, CT

9/17/11 Boston, MA

9/23/11 St. Louis, MO

9/24/11 Chicago, IL

9/29/11 Cincinnati, OH

9/30/11 Detroit, MI

10/1/11 Indianapolis, IN

10/7/11 Charlotte, NC

10/8/11 Atlanta, GA

10/9/11 Mobile, AL

10/14/11 Tampa, FL

10/15/11 West Palm Beach, FL

* = Eric Church not performing.

Dates are subject to change.

-BAM


by Brandy McDonnell
Entertainment Reporter
Brandy McDonnell, also known by her initials BAM, writes stories and reviews on movies, music, the arts and other aspects of entertainment. She is NewsOK’s top blogger: Her 4-year-old entertainment news blog, BAM’s Blog, has notched more than 1...
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