For Brooks, who retired from touring and recording in 2001, Oklahoma performances have become even rarer. The Tulsa native, 51, last played in his home state in July 1997. Brooks appeared but did not sing at the Centennial Spectacular and 2008 BOK Center grand opening.
Surprisingly, the semiretired superstar will play two shows in two states in one day to participate in Keith’s benefit show. Brooks will open the charity concert in Norman and then fly out to perform a previously booked return engagement at the Wynn Las Vegas that night, according to his publicist.
In December 2011, Brooks and Yearwood played a series of nine arena shows in Nashville that raised $5 million for the flood relief efforts in Tennessee. But Yearwood’s concert appearances also have become less frequent in recent years, as the Grammy winner has focused on her second career as a cookbook author and cooking show host. On Sunday, her Food Network show “Trisha’s Southern Kitchen” shared in a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Culinary Program. with another Food Network show, “Best Thing I Ever Made.”
For Dunn, who was passing through Oklahoma on May 20 and fled to safety just before the Moore tornado hit, the Twister Benefit Concert won’t be the first time he’s played the Sooner State since his 2010 Oklahoma City and Tulsa shows on Brooks & Dunn’s farewell tour. But it will certainly constitute his biggest Oklahoma concert appearance since the superstar duo split.
Dunn, who has played multiple solo casino shows in the Sooner State since he parted ways with Kix Brooks, recently launched his own Little Willie Records and used it to release this month two new digital singles “Country This” and “Kiss You There.” Surely, those new songs will appear on his July 6 set list.
“The ultimate goal is to put as much money and aid in the hands of the people affected by the tornadoes throughout Oklahoma as we can,” Dunn said on RonnieDunn.com. “Money is no substitute for the horrific loss of life that this disaster has caused but it can rebuild homes and aid in the replenishment of hope that is an indispensable element to recovery in so many ways. Even before Toby officially announced that he was going to do a benefit concert, we were working behind the scenes to do everything within our powers to enlist friends from the private and business sectors to join in and participate.
“The response has been overwhelming. Human compassion and decency has rallied to overshadow the vanity of celebrity. I’m proud to be joining Toby, Garth, Willie and Trisha to use what we do – performing music – to help.”
Toby Keith Oklahoma Twister Relief Concert
Featuring: Toby Keith, Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood, Ronnie Dunn, Willie Nelson, Mel Tillis, Sammy Hagar and John Anderson.
When: 3 p.m. July 6. Doors open at 1:30 p.m.
Where: University of Oklahoma’s Gaylord Family — Oklahoma Memorial Stadium, Norman.
Tickets: On sale at 10 a.m. Friday at Ticketmaster.com or by phone at (800) 745-3000.
Price: $25 all inclusive, all seats reserved, with an eight-ticket purchase limit.
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