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Video: Toby Keith's Oklahoma Twister Relief Concert

by Brandy McDonnell Published: July 7, 2013

Toby Keith performs during the Oklahoma Twister Relief Concert, benefiting victims of the May tornadoes, at Gaylord Family - Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on the campus of the University of Oklahoma in Norman, Okla., Saturday, July 6, 2013. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoma
Toby Keith performs during the Oklahoma Twister Relief Concert, benefiting victims of the May tornadoes, at Gaylord Family - Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on the campus of the University of Oklahoma in Norman, Okla., Saturday, July 6, 2013. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoma
Garth Brooks poses for photographers backstage during the Oklahoma Twister Relief Concert, benefiting victims of the May tornadoes, at Gaylord Family - Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on the campus of the University of Oklahoma in Norman, Okla., Saturday, July 6, 2013. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman
Garth Brooks poses for photographers backstage during the Oklahoma Twister Relief Concert, benefiting victims of the May tornadoes, at Gaylord Family - Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on the campus of the University of Oklahoma in Norman, Okla., Saturday, July 6, 2013. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman
Ronnie Dunn talks with the media during the Oklahoma Twister Relief Concert, benefiting victims of the May tornadoes, at Gaylord Family - Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on the campus of the University of Oklahoma in Norman, Okla., Saturday, July 6, 2013. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman
Ronnie Dunn talks with the media during the Oklahoma Twister Relief Concert, benefiting victims of the May tornadoes, at Gaylord Family - Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on the campus of the University of Oklahoma in Norman, Okla., Saturday, July 6, 2013. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman

Intrepid NewsOK videographer Greg Singleton accompanied stalwart photographer Nate Billings and me to Saturday’s daylong Oklahoma Twister Relief Concert at the University of Oklahoma’s Gaylord Family — Oklahoma Memorial Stadium.

Check out excellent performance highlights as well as backstage interviews with Norman resident and event organizer Toby Keith, Owasso resident Garth Brooks and former Tulsan Ronnie Dunn that Greg was able to capture.

Along with long-awaited return engagements by homegrown talents Keith and Brooks, the charity concert included performances by Brooks’ wife and fellow Owasso resident Trisha Yearwood, former Tulsan Ronnie Dunn, Keith’s daughter Krystal Keith, Moore native Kellie Coffey, Bethel Acres native Wade Hayes, Texas icon Willie Nelson, “Red Rocker” Sammy Hagar and “Swinging” hitmaker John Anderson to the University of Oklahoma’s Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. CMT personality Storme Warren emceed the show, OU luminaries Barry Switzer, Bob Stoops and Joe Castiglione appeared onstage during the event, and Gov. Mary Fallin introduced Keith’s closing set.

Plus, Checotah native Carrie Underwood sang via satellite from the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tenn.

Drawing more than 60,000 enthusiastic fans, the show set a record for the largest paid audience for a concert in the history of OU’s stadium, exceeding attendance for previous monster musical draws Rolling Stones and U2, said Keith’s publicist Elaine Schock. The concert is believed to be one of the biggest in state history.

Net proceeds are going to the United Way of Central Oklahoma May Tornadoes Relief Fund. A tally of how much the concert raised is expected to be released in the coming days.

To read my Sunday front-page feature, including behind-the-scenes interviews with stars, on the show, click here. To read my in-depth review of the concert, click here.

-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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