Stalwart The Oklahoman photographer Nate Billings accompanied intrepid News OK videographer Greg Singleton and me to Saturday’s daylong Oklahoma Twister Relief Concert at the University of Oklahoma’s Gaylord Family — Oklahoma Memorial Stadium.
Nate filed about 50 photographs from the massive event, and you can click here to view a great gallery of his best shots.
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.