Toby Keith Wows Them at Blossom

Toby Keith as good as he used to be, during stop at Blossom.

It's never easy to come on stage following any rendition of AC/DC's Shook Me all Night Long. 

Unless you are country music sensation Toby Keith, who used the song as a teaser during his recent stop at Blossom Music Center on July 13, 2012. 

And if that wasn't enough to get the crowd in a partying spirit, many of which were already feeling no pain after five hours of tailgating, how about a mini- movie called Clancy's Tavern, which basically opened the doors to one giant festive bar. 

Meaning when the sheet dropped and Keith rolled out onto stage minutes later singing Bullets in the Gun, the title track to his latest album, it was going to be wild and crazy mid-summer night. 

Following his second song of the night, American  Ride, He had switched guitars, and let the crowd of close to 22,000, know his feelings after taking a drink from none other than a  red solo cup.  "I've got an idea... A real good idea, let's get drunk and be somebody." 

Filled with enthusiasm and energy as he spoke, it set the mood for the evening as he sung Made in America.  

But that wasn't it for Keith, who also shouted out, "We're doing drinking songs now," and included the iconic I Love this Bar, Who's your Daddy and I'm not as Good as I Used to Be, many of which turned into a giant sing-along. 

Backed by a three piece horn section, Keith rocked throughout the night, and at one point paid tribute to the Motor City Rocker Ted Nugent with his guitarist. Also on his set list, was Lets Get Drunk and Be Somebody. 

 He kept the party going with songs such as God Love Her and Should have been a Cowboy, and at one point with his band backing him up, played his ballad, Does That Blue Moon Ever Shine on You, a love song that in a way goes back to his roots.

 Keith seemed to get better as the the lights came on, and at one point saluted everything patriotic about America, from the military,its police officers and also firefighters, each time downing a shot until he closed the night with A Little Less Talk and a Lot More Action. 

He also got to play with Willie Nelson again, as a virtual version of Willie came on the screen, with him immediately going into his song,  I'll Never Smoke Weed with Willie Again.

 If Toby Keith's brand of energy didn't already have the crowd in a festive spirit, his encore set them loose. Not one, but two songs beginning with American Soldier and ending in yet another pyrotechnic act, Courtesy of the Red White and Blue, stood true to his patriotism and ability to tell a story close to the heart.  

It's a testament to the fortitude of the American resolve,  for many became a battle cry for the both the wars in both Iraq and Afghanistan, and also is a tribute to the victims of 9/11.

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