Hard rock guitar slinger Ted Nugent will join country headliner Toby Keith for about 20 arena dates in the first quarter of 2005.

Hard rock guitar slinger Ted Nugent will join country headliner Toby Keith for about 20 arena dates in the first quarter of 2005.

The pair first worked together on a USO tour last summer, according to T.K. Kimbrell, Kieth's manager. "Ted loves country music, and on this USO tour, Toby's band backed him up and he had a ball," Kimbrell tells billboard.biz. "They're real compatible."

Nugent's own band will back him on the Keith tour.

Keith was one of the top-10 grossing acts on the road in 2004, raking in $44.3 million from 75 shows. He is also set to play the annual New Year's Eve bash at Nashville's Gaylord Entertainment Center, along with Terri Clark and Dierks Bentley.