Toby Keith Plans Ford-Sponsored Tour
Toby Keith is remaining a "Ford truck man" through-and-through. The country artist and Ford spokesperson will use his June 15 performance at the auto manufacturer's Centennial Celebration in Dearborn,Toby Keith is remaining a "Ford truck man" through-and-through. The country artist and Ford spokesperson will use his June 15 performance at the auto manufacturer's Centennial Celebration in Dearborn, Mich., as the kick-off of his Shock'N Y'all tour. The outing, which will be sponsored by the Ford F-150 pickup truck, will feature Blake Shelton opening all dates.
Keith and Shelton will play the final night of Ford's five-day celebration, which will take place June 12-16 on the grounds of the company's headquarters. As previously reported, Destiny's Child's Beyonce Knowles will perform on June 14.
Five-day tickets to the event are $24.95 for adults and $19.95 for Ford employees, retirees, and their families. Along with tours of manufacturing plants and the Henry Ford museum, the celebration will feature auto racing, fireworks, and interactive exhibits. For more information and to register for tickets, visit ford.com.
About half of the Shock'N Y'all tour dates have so far been unveiled. The trek is expected to encompass about 60 dates stretching into the early fall. The 2004 model of the Ford F-150 will be on display at each stop on the tour.
Prior to the official tour launch, Keith has a pair previously scheduled shows on tap in Alaska. He'll play Fairbanks on Friday (May 23) and Anchorage on Saturday. He's also slated to perform June 13 at the Country Fever festival in Pryor, Okla.
Keith is touring in support of his latest DreamWorks album, "Unleashed." Released in August 2002, the set debuted at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 and the Top Country Albums chart. It has sold 2.5 million copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan.
Tonight Keith and Willie Nelson will team up to perform their duet "Beer for My Horses" during the 38th annual Academy of Country Music (ACM) Awards ceremony. As previously reported, Keith leads the field with eight ACM nominations. He'll also be among the performers at Nelson's Fourth of July Picnic in Spicewood, Texas.
Here are Keith's confirmed tour dates:
May 23: Fairbanks, Alaska (Carlson Center)
May 24: Anchorage, Alaska (Sullivan Sports Arena)
June 13: Pryor, Okla. (Country Fever)
June 15: Dearborn, Mich. (Ford Centennial Celebration)
June 26: Oshkosh, Wis. (Country USA)
June 27: Cadott, Wis. (Country Fest)
July 4: Spicewood, Texas (Willie Nelson's Fourth of July Picnic)
July 12: Fort Laramie, Ohio (Hickory Hill Lakes)
July 19: Cheyenne, Wyo. (Frontier Days)
July 21: Harrington, Del. (Delaware State Fair)
July 23: Pasa Robles, Calif. (California Mid-State Fair)
July 25: Toronto (TBA; on sale May 31)
July 26: Ottawa, Ontario (TBA; on sale May 31)
July 27: Saratoga, N.Y. (TBA)
Aug. 1: Maryland Heights, Mo. (UMB Bank Pavilion; on sale May 31)
Aug. 2: Chicago (on sale June 7)
Aug. 3: Kansas City, Mo. (on sale June 7)
Aug. 7: Birmingham, Ala. (on sale June 14)
Aug. 8: Charlotte, N.C. (on sale June 21)
Aug. 9: Raleigh, N.C. (on sale June 21)
Aug. 19: Meadville, Pa. (Crawford County Fair)
Aug. 30: San Jose, Calif. (Shoreline Amphitheatre)
Aug. 31: Kelseyville, Calif. (Konocti Harbor Resort)
Sept. 5: Hershey, Pa. (Hersheypark Stadium)
Sept. 11: Allegan, Mich. (Allegan County Fair)
Sept. 13: Camden, N.J. (Tweeter Center; on sale June 21)
Sept. 19: Columbus, Ohio (Germain Amphitheatre; on sale June 21)
Sept. 20: Noblesville, Ind. (Verizon Wireless Music Center; on sale June 14)
Sept. 21: Cincinnati (Riverbend Music Festival)
Sept. 27: Washington, D.C. (TBA)
Sept. 28: Virginia Beach, Va. (TBA)