Toby Keith, LL Cool J Join Local Coast Guard Member In Salute To Troops On KPIX 5 Tonight
ALAMEDA (CBS SF) — U.S. Coast Guard Maritime Enforcement Specialist Noah Reinhart, stationed in Alameda, will share the stage with country legend Toby Keith, host LL Cool J, and dozens of other artists Tuesday night on KPIX 5 for the All-Star Salute To The Troops concert special, 9 p.m.-11 p.m.
The special taped at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas last month honors Keith for the “Spirit of the USO Award” for his USO tours.
Among the musical acts are Dierks Bentley, Lee Brice, Luke Bryan, Merle Haggard, Hunter Hayes, Miranda Lambert, Tim McGraw, Kellie Pickler, Blake Shelton, George Strait, Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban, Eli Young Band, Florida Georgia Line, Lady Antebellum, Rascal Flatts and The Band Perry.
Many of the songs featured military men and women with musical talent joining in, including Marine Capts. John Ed Auer and Matt Smith (performance with Lady Antebellum), Army Sgt. Christiana Ball (performance with Lee Brice), Navy STG3 Destiny Mills Coates (performance with Keith Urban), Marine Lt. Col. Mike Corrado (performance with Toby Keith), Army Spc. Kelly A. Gregg (performance with The Band Perry), Coast Guard Lt. j.g. Katie Spira (performance with Hunter Hayes), Marine Staff Sgt. Brandon Valentine (performance with Rascal Flatts), Air Force Staff Sgt. Baily Zimmerman (performance with Kellie Pickler), and Air Force Master Sgt. Harry Bounds, Navy Lt. Chelsea Brunoehler and Coast Guard ME1 Noah Reinhart, from the Bay Area.
When Toby Keith was asked to perform during tonight’s television special ACM Presents: An All-Star Salute to the Troops, the producers wanted him to pull out something unique. So he turned not to his catalog of hits, but to a collection of songs he’d been performing for the armed forces during his many years of USO tours.
“I have a bunch of material that I’d written over the last 11 years that I only perform for the troops,” Keith explained in an interview this morning (May 20) withCBS Chicago’s US99.5. “They’re little funny songs, but some of them are kinda dirty, and some of them are locker room. And I didn’t really have any venue to play them at over here [on U.S. shores].”
Keith said that the producers already knew they wanted him to perform his hit “American Soldier” with members of the military. But, he said, they told him that they also wanted him to bring out one of the songs from his USO tours.
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