About 60,000 fans packed the Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman Saturday for Toby Keith‘s Oklahoma Twister Relief Concert. The star-studded event is part of the ongoing effort to help those affected by the deadly tornadoes that ripped through the state in May.
According to The Tulsa World newspaper, Toby closed out the night performing his hits “Should’ve Been a Cowboy,” “How Do You Like Me Now?,” and “Red Solo Cup,” which he changed to “Red Sooner Cup” in honor of the Oklahoma Sooners. Toby also made a special appearance during Willie Nelson‘s set to perform their duet “Beer for My Horses” as well as Willie’s classic 1978 duet with Waylon Jennings, “Mammas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys.”
Garth Brooks was on hand to give his first performance in his home state of Oklahoma since 1997. Garth’s set kicked off with “Rodeo” and continued with “Papa Loved Mama,” “Callin’ Baton Rouge” and a duet with wife Trisha Yearwood on “In Another’s Eyes.” After Trisha sang a few solo numbers, Garth closed his set out with “The Dance.” He introduced that number by saying, “I gotta say God bless Toby Keith for putting all this together. Okies unite! … Today is a great day to start the healing process. I want to dedicate this song to everyone.”
Garth dashed in and out of Norman for the performance. He was also busy in Las Vegas this weekend shooting a DVD of his one-man show at Wynn Las Vegas.
Carrie Underwood delivered a performance via satellite from Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry House. Her set list included “Jesus, Take the Wheel,” “Before He Cheats” and her latest hit, “See You Again.” Ronnie Dunn sang Brooks & Dunn hits “My Maria” and “Ain’t Nothin’ About You” as well as his new solo track, “Kiss You There.”
Mel Tillis, John Anderson and Sammy Hagar also performed at Saturday’s benefit concert, the proceeds from which will go to the United Way of Central Oklahoma May Tornadoes Relief Fund. You can donate $10 by texting REBUILD to 52000.
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