Toby Keith Talks European Success of “Red Solo Cup”

“They kept singing like a bunch of frat guys,” says Toby.

Toby Keith’s “Red Solo Cup” is a runaway hit in the United States, but Toby has found that fans internationally are just as ready to fill up their cups and “proceed to party.”

Toby told Country Countdown USA of his recent tour though Europe, where his German fans’ reaction to the song stunned the singer. “I’d never played Germany,” Toby said. “Our first night in Germany . . . it was over the top. We’d released a video [of “Red Solo Cup”] on the internet. By the time I get to Scotland, and then we get on down to Germany and by the next weekend the whole crowd has red Solo cups, and they were real Solo cups. I said, ‘Where did you find red Solo cups in Germany?’ and they said, ‘The internet.’ They knew [the song] word for word.”

So much so that it slightly derailed Toby’s plans for the evening. “It was the strangest sensation. We got through playing [“Red Solo Cup”] in the show, and they kept singing after it was over,” Toby said. “They kept singing like a bunch of frat guys. It was so loud. . . . They were through clapping and I’m trying to talk and set up the next song, and this big groundswell of lyrics comes out and they start singing again. It was like trying to talk over people who were not paying attention. I finally just backed up from the [microphone] and let them go. Then we kicked into another chorus [of “Red Solo Cup”]. It had already caught fire over there.”

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