Toby Keith Sings “Should’ve Been a Cowboy” During Surprise Appearance

Toby Keith performs at his Oklahoma bar, Hollywood Corners

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In an unforgettable moment in Norman, Oklahoma, country music legend Toby Keith made a triumphant return to the stage, serenading fans with his iconic hit, “Should’ve Been a Cowboy,” at his Hollywood Corners Station.

This marked Toby’s first rehearsal following a long-fought battle with stomach cancer that left his devoted fans anxiously awaiting his return.

Just over a year ago, in June 2022, Toby Keith revealed his diagnosis, bravely confronting the disease head-on. After months of intense chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery, the 61-year-old icon took to social media, sharing his progress and promising his loyal fans that he would return to the stage soon.


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Now, in June 2023, Toby has not only opened up about his cancer journey but also delivered two surprise impromptu shows.

The news of Toby’s unexpected performance spread like wildfire on social media and fans came out in droves to hear him. Social media posts featured images of a beaming Toby Keith, radiating joy as he graced the stage once again.

“Toby’s first rehearsal turned into a 2 1/2 hour pop-up show. He sang all the hits plus the Bus Songs… Toby is back!” exclaimed the ecstatic social media updates.

To everyone’s delight, Toby Keith didn’t stop at one extraordinary performance. The following night, he returned to the Hollywood Corners Station, accompanied by his esteemed writing partner, Scotty Emerick. This unexpected encore only solidified the notion that Toby was back and better than ever.

“It felt so right, Toby had to do it twice. Two nights in a row at Hollywood Corners Station LLC. Writing buddy Scotty Emerick joined Toby. Nights to remember! Toby’s back!” the second social media post ecstatically declared.

While Toby’s journey is far from over, his determination to overcome his cancer battle shines through. The resilient artist has undergone surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy, resulting in a significant reduction in tumor size.

Speaking to The Oklahoman, Toby revealed his renewed energy and hinted at a potential return to the stage, stating, “I’ve got more wind… I’m thinking about bringing the band in and setting up, playing two or three days somewhere just to see if I can get through two hours.”

Toby Keith eagerly anticipates his upcoming scan results and remains committed to his treatment plan, which includes chemotherapy and immunotherapy, supported by a dedicated nutritionist.

“If I do [have the energy and stamina], [I’ll] be out on the road this fall,” Toby hinted, sparking hope among his devoted following.

Toby Keith at Hollywood Corners Station singing and having fun.
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Despite his health challenges, Toby Keith hasn’t let his creativity falter.

He recently released his latest EP, “America,” featuring a heartfelt duet with music legend Willie Nelson. Produced in collaboration with Kenny Greenberg, the six-track project showcases Toby’s signature storytelling, with contributions from notable songwriters such as Sammy Hagar and the Warren Brothers.

Toby Keith’s illustrious career boasts an impressive repertoire of achievements, including 42 top 10 hits, 32 number ones, over 40 million albums sold, and more than 10 billion streams. His most recent album, “Peso in My Pocket,” marked his triumphant return after a five-year hiatus. Toby also made a memorable appearance on the smash hit “The Worst Country Song of All Time” with Brantley Gilbert and HARDY.

As Toby Keith continues to defy the odds and conquer his health battles, fans around the world eagerly anticipate the return of this country music icon to the stage. With his unwavering spirit and remarkable talent, Toby Keith proves that his music, like his fighting spirit, will endure for generations to come.

MORE: Story Behind Toby Keith’s “American Soldier”

Watch Toby Perform “Should’ve Been a Cowboy” Below

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