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Toby Keith planning first Australian tour in spring 2014

by Brandy McDonnell Published: September 24, 2013

Oklahoma country music superstar Toby Keith will be making his first ever concert appearances in Australia in 2014, bringing his “Hammer Down Under Tour” to Australia for a series of massive arena concerts next March.

Keith, who was born in Clinton, raised in Moore and lives in Norman, also will headline the 2014 CMC Rocks the Hunter festival at the Hope Estate in NSW’s beautiful Hunter Valley, according to a news release.

Joining Keith on the tour will be special guests Texas country rockers Eli Young Band (who alluded to an upcoming return trip to Australia in my recent interview) and “American Idol” Season 5 contender Kellie Pickler.

“The Outlaws of country music have always been huge with Aussie fans. No surprise this country started out as a convict settlement. So we know why the fans are so excited about Toby’s first ever tour here. They love his larrikin outlaw attitude and the fact that he doesn’t take himself too seriously. We’re super excited to have him touring in March and know the fans will go wild when he rolls out his incredible catalogue of hits. It’s also terrific to welcome back Eli Young Band and to have Kellie Pickler on her first visit down under,” said Rob Potts, CEO of Entertainment Edge,  in the news release.

Keith is one of the most consistently successful artists in country music history, with more than 35 million album sales and 31 US No. 1 singles in two decades of recording, including “Should’ve Been A Cowboy,” “How Do You Like Me Now?!,” “Beer For My Horses,” “I Love This Bar,” “As Good As I Once Was” and “Red Solo Cup.”

Winner of multiple Country Music Association, Academy of Country Music and American Music awards, the Billboard Country Artist of the Decade is renowned throughout the globe for his swaggering party songs, soulful ballads and rowdy, high-energy live performances. The Oklahoman also will be performing songs from his new album “Drinks After Work,” which will be released in Australia on Nov. 1.

“Toby Keith is one of the biggest artists in modern country music. We’ve been hearing about his rowdy, rockin’ live show in this country for many years. One of the biggest songwriters in any genre, Aussie audiences have really connected with his irreverent humour. We still think ‘he’s as good as he once was’- and with three international heavyweights on one bill, this is going to be the country tour of the year – my mate Jimmy Buffett said he is not to be missed!” said Michael Chugg, Executive Chairman of Chugg Entertainment, in the news release.

See the dates for Toby Keith’s “Hammer Down Under Tour” after the break.

Toby Keith’s “Hammer Down Under Tour” 2014

(Tickets for all shows go on sale Friday, Oct. 4.)

Friday, 14 March, 2014

Brisbane Entertainment Centre, QLD

Tickets available from


Sunday, 16 March, 2014

CMC Rocks the Hunter Festival, Hope Estate, Pokolbin, NSW

(Friday 14 March, Saturday 15 March and Sunday 16 March)

Tickets available from



Tuesday, 18 March, 2014

Allphones Arena, Sydney Olympic Park, NSW

Tickets available from or 132 849


Wednesday, 19 March, 2014

Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne VIC

Tickets available from or 132 849


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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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