Last year, the 61-year-old musician publicly shared his diagnosis of stomach cancer and his plans to take a break from music for surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy. However, he fulfilled his promise to return to the stage by playing two shows in his home state of Oklahoma during the Independence Day weekend.
Keith delivered energetic performances during the two-and-a-half-hour gigs at the Hollywood Corners music bar in Norman. Videos from the concerts captured him singing his popular hits and expressing his determination to continue performing his number one songs.
His setlist included fan favorites such as ‘Whiskey Girl’, ‘I Love This Bar’, ‘American Life’, and a heartfelt rendition of Bill Withers’ classic ‘Ain’t No Sunshine’.
Following the show, one attendee named Joanna Hall shared her experience, stating that Keith seemed surprised by the large turnout. He had intended for the concerts to be a secret, but word got out, making it a bigger event than he had anticipated.
In previous interviews, Keith expressed his desire to perform a couple of shows as a preparation for a potential return to touring. He acknowledged the positive progress in his health and mentioned feeling good. He emphasized the need to be cautious and prepared, as cancer is unpredictable.
Keith shared his hope to hit the road again in the fall, planning to bring his band and play for a few consecutive days. His goal is to test his endurance and see if he can handle performing for two hours or more. He expressed his readiness to embrace life and work, highlighting the importance of pushing forward despite the challenges he faces.
Toby Keith’s determination to continue making music and sharing his talents with fans demonstrates his resilience in the face of adversity. His recent performances were a testament to his strength and passion for his craft, inspiring others with his unwavering spirit.