Country star Toby Keith ended his concert Saturday night at the Teeter Center in Mansfield, Mass., with these words: "I'll never apologize for being a patriot." This after an unabashedly pro-military encore, which included classic Keith songs "American Soldier" and "Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue" which he sang in front of military personnel he pulled onto the stage from the crowd below.
The uber-confident Keith does what he wants, pulls no punches and takes the fans along on a great ride. As far as I could tell, no one sat down for the entire two hours! And on multiple occasions, Keith insisted he is not about politics, but simply pro-USA and a supporter of those who devote their lives to ensuring our freedom. Its not an empty proclamation -- Keith has a rare devotion to the troops, playing not just in large secure bases overseas, but often to small groups of soldiers close to the front lines. Somehow all the pyrotechnics and confetti and clever videos of his stage show do not overshadow the fact that this is a guy who genuinely loves what he does and loves his country.
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