Why Didn’t Toby Keith Play Blake Shelton’s “Healing in the Heartland” Tornado Benefit?

“It was just too soon for me to be downtown playing music,” Toby said.

Toby Keith, Garth Brooks and others are set to put on a monster fundraiser show Saturday (July 6) for Oklahoma tornado victims.

It’s the second multi-artist country fundraiser show for the victims. The first, organized by Okie Blake Shelton, aired on NBC May 29 and raised more than $6 million.

So why didn’t Toby and his crew join that first Blake “Healing in the Heartland” show?

“The first concert they did, that Blake and those guys did, was wonderful because it was a TV show and it pumped a lot of money in quick and fast,” Toby told reporters.

“I just couldn’t do it five or six days after because it was just too soon for me to be downtown playing music. I had, you know, stuff to deal with here,” he added.

“And so, when I heard word that if I was gonna do something, they would follow my lead, I was like, ‘Fine.’”

In addition to Toby and Garth, Willie Nelson, Ronnie Dunn, Trisha Yearwood and rocker Sammy Hagar will play the sold-out stadium in Norman, Okla., and Okie Carrie Underwood will join from the Opry stage in Nashville. Toby also promises there will be some duets, very likely including his and Willie’s “Beer for My Horses.”

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