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OK Tornado Relief Concert Sold Out

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NORMAN Okla_ Tickets for Toby Keith's Oklahoma Twister Relief Concert went on sale on Friday, June 21 and sold out in a little over an hour due to overwhelming demand.

Once production is finalized event organizers may have additional tickets that could be released for purchase.

In addition to Toby Keith, performers will include Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood, Willie Nelson, Sammy Hagar, Ronnie Dunn, Mel Tillis and John Anderson as well as Carrie Underwood (via satellite from the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville). Ford Trucks, Verizon Wireless, Academy of Country Music Lifting Lives, and Walmart are on board as sponsors. In addition to sponsoring the relief concert, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation have committed $1 million to Oklahoma tornado relief. Sponsorship donations and underwriting of the concert, and donated services from suppliers and vendors from all over the country, will allow the net proceeds of tickets (after tax and credit card fees) to benefit the United Way of Central Oklahoma May Tornadoes Relief Fund to aid recovery efforts.

The twister relief show happens Saturday, July 6 at the University of Oklahoma's Gaylord Family - Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Okla. Doors open at 1:30pm, and the show starts at 3pm.

Net proceeds will benefit The United Way of Central Oklahoma May Tornadoes Relief Fund. Donations are also being accepted online via the United Way home page at www.unitedwayokc.org.

"When Toby asked me to come on board, I immediately said ‘Yes,!'" said Sammy Hagar.

"He's put together a hell of a concert lineup to help raise funds for the brave and resilient people of Oklahoma. My job is going to be to help them take their minds off their problems and have some much needed, good old-fashioned fun."

For Keith, this event and the May storms that led to it are deeply personal.

"I grew up in Moore, I live in Norman and I've got lots of family and friends who were directly affected. I know these folks and they're resilient, but we're going to keep helping them any way we can. I'm proud to get together with some others from around here who are just as committed as I am to supporting these communities."

"Once we got the news that the tornado had hit Toby's hometown, Miss Yearwood and I told Toby we were at his service for whatever he chose to do," Brooks said. "I am amazed at the human spirit the tornado victims have shown. I am humbled by the giving of the volunteers. It is an honor to get to be a part of this healing process."

Updates on the event and lineup will be posted at www.tobykeith.com.

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