Reporting Paul Koffy
More than 60,000 fans packed the intensely hot Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium at the University of Oklahoma on Saturday (July 6th) to see some of country music’s superstars perform and raise money for a good cause. The sold-out Oklahoma Twister Relief Concert featured performances by headliner Toby Keith, Willie Nelson, Mel Tillis, John Anderson, Sammy Hagar, Ronnie Dunn, Carrie Underwood via satellite from the Grand Ole Opry, Wade Hayes, and Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood.
Prior to the show, Toby told reporters, “Everybody is here for the right reasons. You really have to see the devastation with your own eyes to appreciate how bad it is. It’s probably what a war zone looks like.”
Garth was in the midst of three sold-out shows in Vegas over the weekend, but that didn’t stop him from participating in the fundraiser. USA Today reports that Garth and Trisha flew into Norman early Saturday for their set, after which they reboarded a jet and headed back to Vegas for Garth’s final show.
All proceeds from the Oklahoma Twister Relief Concert benefited the United Way of Central Oklahoma’s May Tornadoes Relief Fund.