Live: Toby Keith at Cruzan Amphitheatre, October 15
Toby Keith's "Locked & Loaded Tour," with Eric Church and J.T. Hodges
Cruzan Amphitheatre, West Palm Beach
Saturday, October 15, 2011
See a slideshow of the action here.
Better than: The "Gun Control Means Hitting Your Target" Tour.
Toby Keith turned 50 years old a few months ago (don't tell anyone), but he never really gets old, as evidenced by last night's final stop of the "Locked & Loaded Tour," and the impending release of his 15th studio album, Clancy's Tavern.
There aren't many surprises with Keith comes to town -- there will be drinking, there will be partying, and there will be pro-American sentiment. And it never gets old.
TicketsFri., Dec. 9, 8:00pm
Ms. Lauryn Hill - The MLH Caravan: A Diaspora Calling! Concert Series
TicketsFri., Dec. 9, 8:30pm
South Florida Pride Wind Ensemble: Holiday Treasures
TicketsSat., Dec. 10, 7:00pm
TicketsSat., Dec. 10, 8:00pm
Symphony of the Americas: Holiday Magic
TicketsSun., Dec. 11, 2:00pm
You could tell where the night was headed by around 8 p.m., when Eric Church took the stage. Church is one of the most exciting new-ish faces in country right now, and he plays a style of music that bridges the modern country style of the good guys like Brad Paisley with the attitude and swagger of a backwoods bad-boy like Hank Williams III.
The backdrop behind Chuch and his band could explain away his personality -- a skull with aviator sunglasses and a Busch Light trucker hat, with a pair of deer jumping across either side.
"Love Your Love The Most" is probably his signature song, but the crowd was into his party tunes, like "Jack Daniels" -- which "kicked my ass again last night" -- and the tongue-in-cheek "I'm Gettin' Stoned."
Not surprisingly, Church ended his set by cracking open two shaken-up cans of beer and simultaneously slamming 'em down.
Then there was Toby Keith, who's cooked up quite a catalog of songs over 15 albums.
It became a total party scene -- aside from the ever-present scent of Budweiser floating around the venue -- when he brought out the antics for one of his new singles, "Red Solo Cup." This included men dressed as 6-foot-tall plastic cups, women in bikini-type outfits crafted from the cups, and a Solo cup launcher to hurl the empty beverage containers into the crowd. Of course, Keith held his beverage in his own red Solo cup, which fit conveniently into the cup-holder attached to his microphone stand.
There were also the songs from Keith that no one would really expect, like "I'll Never Smoke Weed With Willie Again" -- an obvious ode to Willie Nelson's pot-smoking antics, which came with some stoner-ific on-screen graphics -- and the near-hookup song "Get Out of My Car."
Nelson wasn't the only one to get a musical tribute last night -- Keith's guitarists played Ted Nugent's "Stranglehold" riff, which was easily identified by the old-school rockers in the crowd.
Keith also managed to cycle through all his anthems in-between, with fireworks and shiny lights to boot.
Personal Bias: Willie Nelson needs to be present for "Beer For My Horses," as well as his contributions to the weed culture in general.
The Crowd: Beautiful. You can't explain it better than that.
Overheard: The "U-S-A" chant broke out while waiting in line to enter the venue.
Get the Music Newsletter
Keep your thumb on the local music scene each week with music news, trends, artist interviews and concert listings. We'll also send you special ticket offers and music deals.