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27 October 2009
World Tour begins in November!

NASHVILLE — Toby Keith took America by storm with the No. 1 debut of his new CD, “American Ride,” on Billboard’s Top Country Albums Chart and two weeks consecutive on Billboard's and Country Aircheck/Mediabase's single charts with the title track. And now comes news that he’s taking Europe by storm as well. Keith's first-ever European tour, set to kick off next month, is selling out all over including The Hammersmith in London.

Stateside, Keith's America's Toughest Tour presented by Ford F Series will play to more than a million people, marking the ninth consecutive year the hard-touring artist will cross the impressive million ticket threshold. And his recent performance at Lucas Oil Stadium, home field of the NFL's Colts, in Indianapolis to kick off the 82nd National FFA Convention sold out, smashing previous FFA attendance records by more than 7,000 tickets. It is the largest group of FFA students ever to have gathered in one place at one time. On Keith's latest album, he recorded an anthem to his dedicated fans in the track "Gypsy Driftin'." He notes, "it can be tough beating it up on the road this long, going onstage when you're tired or sick. But as soon as you step out there the fans wave their flames and sing along with every song and it makes it all better. So this song is a tip-of-the-hat to the people who've supported us all these years."

Earlier this year Keith made his annual visit overseas to forward operating bases in Iraq and Afghanistan and performed for U.S. troops as part of his seventh consecutive USO Tour. So while he’s no stranger to world travel, the tour this November will be Keith's first foray into Europe as a touring act. The tour, promoted by Live Nation International, kicks off Nov. 9 in Glasgow, Scotland, and continues through Northern Europe. Keith will visit the following cities:

Nov. 9 Glasgow ABC, Glasgow, Scotland
Nov. 10 HMV Apollo, Hammersmith, London, England
Nov. 12 Olympia, Dublin, Ireland
Nov. 13 Odyssey, Belfast, Northern Ireland
Nov. 15 Pumpehuset, Copenhagen, Denmark
Nov. 16 Cirkus, Stockholm, Sweden
Nov. 18 House of Culture, Helsinki, Finland
Nov. 21 Spektrum, Oslo, Norway
Nov. 22 Vestlandshalle, Bergen, Norway

On Dec. 11 Keith returns to the Spektrum arena in Oslo to join an elite group of artists performing at the 16th Annual Nobel Peace Prize Concert. The performances will be broadcast to a worldwide audience.

Keith was also recently honored by Nashville Songwriters Assn. International (NSAI), which awarded him its prestigious Songwriter/Artist of the Decade Award at an Oct. 18 event in Nashville. He is also a three-time BMI Country Songwriter of the Year with his catalog generating more than 65 million performances. As quoted in a recent feature, Keith said "any award given to me by songwriters is the ultimate. That's the apex of awards. The ultimate respect is being paid by the people who do what you do... I'm completely at a loss for words to tell you how big it is to me."


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