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Hellraiser

Toby Keith's new single is entitled “Trailerhood,” an ode to life in a mobile-home park. But if you attended his 2010 tour stop at Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre and still weren't convinced that the country singer appeals to America's redneck contingent, you didn't have to look any further than the guy walking around the venue in a T-shirt that bore the slogan, “T*tties and Beer, Thank God I'm Not Queer.”

Good behavior is not typically on the agenda for Keith or his fans, many of whom packed into specially priced “hellraiser” seats to party the night away. Short of calling attention to the “rich people” sitting in the orchestra pit, the country singer steered clear of the political stances that have helped define him as a good ol’ boy protecting America from the “tidal wave coming across the Mexican border” (“American Ride”) — ironically, a lyric he sang from a stage located just a stone's throw from Tijuana.

Keith's performance was obnoxiously preceded by a five-minute commercial for Ford trucks and was dogged by off-key vocals that worsened as the show progressed. But don't tell that to any of his fans, unless you want to find a boot in your ass.

  • Concert: Toby Keith
  • Date: August 7
  • Venue: Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre
  • Seats: Just south of the lawn
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Toby Keith's new single is entitled “Trailerhood,” an ode to life in a mobile-home park. But if you attended his 2010 tour stop at Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre and still weren't convinced that the country singer appeals to America's redneck contingent, you didn't have to look any further than the guy walking around the venue in a T-shirt that bore the slogan, “T*tties and Beer, Thank God I'm Not Queer.”

Good behavior is not typically on the agenda for Keith or his fans, many of whom packed into specially priced “hellraiser” seats to party the night away. Short of calling attention to the “rich people” sitting in the orchestra pit, the country singer steered clear of the political stances that have helped define him as a good ol’ boy protecting America from the “tidal wave coming across the Mexican border” (“American Ride”) — ironically, a lyric he sang from a stage located just a stone's throw from Tijuana.

Keith's performance was obnoxiously preceded by a five-minute commercial for Ford trucks and was dogged by off-key vocals that worsened as the show progressed. But don't tell that to any of his fans, unless you want to find a boot in your ass.

  • Concert: Toby Keith
  • Date: August 7
  • Venue: Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre
  • Seats: Just south of the lawn
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