Toby Keith led a roster of country stars (and one curly-haired rocker) in the heat-baked Oklahoma Twister Relief concert on Saturday. The benefit began with Toby's daughter Krystal singing the National Anthem, and ended eight hours later with Toby's somber "American Soldier." In between, Garth Brooks, Carrie Underwood Ronnie Dunn, Willie Nelson, Sammy Hagar, Trisha Yearwood, Mel Tillis, and John Anderson entertained the 65,000 crowd. "Let’s have some fun and raise some hell," Garth said. “Today the healing begins.” Proceeds from the show will benefit the United Way of Central Oklahoma. Donations are still being accepted online at unitedwayokc.org. Verizon customers can donate $10 directly by texting “REBUILD” to 5200.
An estimated 1,300 of the 65,000 gathered for the Oklahoma Twister Relief concert had to be treated for heat-related problems, local hospital officials said. Most were minor, but 21 people did have to be hospitalized. It was 93 degrees in Norman, Oklahoma when the eight-hour concert kicked off at 3 p.m., and fans packed into University of Oklahoma stadium had already been baking long before that.
How onboard was the music world for Toby Keith's charity effort? Even scalpers were backing off making a buck. Independent promotor Brad White said he'd heard from the"secondary ticketers" that scalping would be "taboo" for the event. StubHub was even encouraging those who were re-selling tickets to give some of the profits over to the charity. Click here for more.
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