Toby Keith Successfully Performs First Shows Since Battle with Cancer

“Toby Keith is back!” a post to his Instagram account announced.

Keith performed two shows this past weekend, June 30th and July 1st. These shows were his first performances since he announced his diagnosis of stomach cancer in June of 2022. From the Instagram post, it appears that what was supposed to be a rehearsal turned into a pop-up show.

“Toby‘s first rehearsal turned into a 2 1/2 hour pop-up show. He sang all the hits plus the Bus Songs…Toby is back!”

This is more positive news as Keith announced last month he is hoping to hit the road by the end of the year possibly if he is able to. Keith said last month, “Basically, everything is in a real positive trend. You never know with cancer, so you have to prepare. I’ve got more wind and I’m thinking about bringing the band in and setting up, playing two or three days somewhere just to see if I can get through two hours.”

It appears that Keith was able to make it through two hours two days in a row.

In another Instagram post Keith shared “It felt so right, Toby had to do it twice. Two nights in a row at @hollywoodcorners. Writing buddy @scottyemerick joined Toby. Nights to remember! Toby’s back!”

Keith’s fishing and tackle company’s Twitter account shared videos from his performance on June 30th:

“6/30/23 Toby Keith sings Ted Nuget’s STRANGLEHOLD, at Hollywood Corners in Norman Oklahoma. Toby is rocking the crowd, after battling back from stomach cancer! Enjoy the backstage view!”

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“6/30/23 Luck E Strike brand owner, Toby Keith sings “He ain’t worth missing” at Hollywood Corners in Norman Oklahoma. This was Toby’s first time back singing, after battling stomach cancer. Toby put on a 2.5 hour show and sang all his hits, plus songs he considers “the bus songs”. Awesome to see Toby back in the saddle! Congratulations Big Dog!”

Fans who were able to see Keith perform shared videos from his pop-up shows.

“God bless this country. God bless Toby Keith. And god bless our troops.”

“Toby Keith tonight at Hollywood Corners…….private party, everyone is welcome!”

Things seem to be going in the right direction for Keith and hopefully, we will see him on tour soon.

By Liam Donovan
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