Toby Keith is criss-crossing the globe on his eighth USO tour and what a ride it’s been so far! The country music superstar recently tweeted “TK: Germany was awesome. Visited wounded soldiers. Some just arrived-never gets easier 2 see. Spirit of these humans remain ever vigilant.” We couldn’t agree more! Check out some photos from his stops in Germany…
“I’ve been traveling with the USO since 2002, and every year I look forward to spending time with the men and women who serve this great country. When I get on stage and look out into a crowd of uniforms, it gives me a great sense of pride to know that I am giving back to them.”
That’s what award-winning singer, songwriter and entertainer Toby Keith had to say about his current four-country USO/Armed Forces Entertainment tour. He’s traveling to Korea, Germany and the Persian Gulf on his eighth USO tour. Since his first USO tour in 2002, Keith has traveled to more than 10 countries and entertained over 140,000 service men and women, many at small remote outposts.
Check out the latest pics from this tour and keep it tuned here for more Toby Keith news!
As you know, the Zac Brown Band recently returned from their first USO Tour in the Persian Gulf. And it was a smashing success! Not only did they choose to spend time with the Troops instead of attending the Academy of Country Music Awards (although those were fantastic, too), they’ve partnered with Ram Trucks on “Letters for Lyrics” and will soon premiere a video (or two) of their tour. We’ll have the latest for you when it’s available.
In the meantime, we wanted to share a bonus batch of pictures from their time overseas. Enjoy!
It was a HUGE night at the Academy of Country Music Awards, as multiple USO tour veterans took home the top prizes!
But before the actual show, we put on a USO/ACM Lifting Lives concert for Troops and their families at Nellis Air Force Base. Check out the pictures below. And here’s a rundown of ACM winners, with the artists in bold indicating USO celebrity entertainers:
Song of the Year: Lady Antebellum – “Need You Now”
Single Record of the Year: Lady Antebellum – “Need You Now”
Video of the Year: Miranda Lambert – “White Liar”
Vocal Event of the Year: Blake Shelton and Trace Adkins – “Hillbilly Bon”
Top New Artist: Luke Bryan
Album of the Year: Miranda Lambert – “Revolution”
Humanitarian Award: Montgomery Gentry
Triple-Crown Award: Carrie Underwood
Top Vocal Group of the Year: Lady Antebellum
Top Male Vocalist of the Year: Brad Paisley
Vocal Duo of the Year: Brooks & Dunn
Top Female Vocalist of the Year: Miranda Lambert
Entertainer of the Year: Carrie Underwood
Top New Vocalist: Luke Bryan
Top New Vocal Duo: Joey and Rory
Top New Vocal Group: Gloriana
“Playing our music on the front lines and in front of thousands of America’s troops is an opportunity of a lifetime. We’ve toured all around the world, but nothing compares to what we’ve seen on our USO tour. Being able to hear first-hand what it’s like to live in a combat zone and get a true sense of what it means to protect and serve, it is truly amazing.” That’s what the Zac Brown Band had to say about their first USO in the Persian Gulf.
As reported by USA Today, the Grammy Award-winning band even skipped the Academy of Country Music awards to spend time with the Troops!
Their nine-day USO/Armed Forces Entertainment tour is designed to deliver a much-needed break to Troops serving on the front lines. So far, they’ve visited soldiers and performed USO shows at Camp Buehring and Camp Striker, touching the lives of more than 4,000 service men and women.
Although this is the band’s first USO tour to the Persian Gulf, they performed at the USO Fort Hood Community Strong event in December 2009; in 2008, Brown traveled along as part of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff USO Holiday tour in Afghanistan, Iraq, Kosovo, United Kingdom and Germany.
He had this to say about his first visit there with the band: “Journeying back to the Persian Gulf with the USO and performing for our men and women in uniform means more to me than I can put into words. Music is a powerful tool, it can transport you to another time and place, and connect you with loved ones. And that’s what this tour is all about- lifting spirits and delivering a touch of home.” Thanks for the support, Zac Brown Band, and good luck tonight!