Toby Keith wasn't trying to make any kind of statement when he joined Merle Haggard on stage in Las Vegas on February 6. Instead, he was simply helping out one of his closest friends when he needed him most.
Two months prior, "The Hag" had been diagnosed with double pneumonia, and had been forced to reschedule several shows. Determined to get back to performing, Merle kept trying to get on stage again, but his condition continued to deteriorate.
Despite doctor's orders, Merle chose to go through with his February 6 show, but soon found himself in need of help. Toby happened to be there that night, and Merle asked him how many of his songs he knew.
"All of 'em'," Toby replied.
Toby then joined Merle on stage to perform, and ended up saving the show, which turned out to be one of Merle's last. He passed away exactly two months later on April 6.
Does it get any more badass than making sure one of "The Hag's" last shows went off without a hitch? Yeah, we didn't think so.
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