Toby Keith has decided not to perform alongside Garth Brooks at an upcoming event in Fort Sebetsville, Florida. This decision comes in light of recent controversies surrounding Brooks’ comments, leading Keith to prioritize maintaining the respect of his fans.
Concerns and Respect
According to Tour Manager Joe Barron, Toby Keith does not want to share the stage with someone who has referred to half of all Americans as “a-holes.” Keith worries that associating himself with Brooks might lead to a loss of respect from his own fan base.
Backlash and Consequences
Garth Brooks faced backlash during his performance at the 123rd Annual Texas Country Jamboree in Hambriston, Texas. The usual standing ovations were replaced by boos from the audience. Additionally, he lost financial backing for his nightclub, “Friends in Low Places,” and his record deal with Capitol Records.
Barron suggests that most country stars share Toby Keith’s sentiments and would hesitate to tour with Brooks. The repercussions of Brooks’ actions have made other artists wary of being associated with him.
Charity Show Controversy
The show in question was a charity event aimed at benefiting leukemia research and the Make-A-Wish foundation. Brooks’ spokesperson, Art Tubolls, considered Keith’s decision as pandering to a hateful audience. However, Keith’s concerns about aligning himself with controversial statements remain.
A Gesture of Resolution
In an attempt to mitigate the situation, Garth Brooks decided to donate $200 million to the fundraisers for the show. This gesture aimed to address the concerns raised and resolve the issue surrounding the event.