Toby Keith Says “You Have To Be The Captain Of Your Ship”
Toby Keith is a living legend and a country music star who, throughout his career, has never taken a year off. When he was diagnosed with stomach cancer in the fall of 2021, he said, “It was just a constant battle.”
Following his three sold-out shows in Las Vegas this week, the 62-year-old singer-songwriter is now gearing up for the future. While guest hosting Shawn Parr’s Backstage Country, Keith shared some inspiring words with us.
“You have to be the captain of your own ship. You have to have a lot of faith in your creator, the Almighty. And then you just have to pray for direction,” Keith told Shawn Parr. “You just have to go with your gut and pray for direction until you finally get everything in the right place. And I feel like we’re there.”
With his triumphant return underway, that only means one thing: Keith confirmed with Par that, if the “Good Lord’s willing,” he will have somewhere around 60 shows scheduled in 2024.
“That team’s on it, and they have not discussed it with me yet. But I know the set is being designed and we’re going to break most of it out in Vegas. And then we’re going to get geared. I’m going to play some arenas and [venues] that I haven’t played in over a decade,” Keith said.
Keith continued, “You have to lay a plan out. After you get your brain wrapped around it and everything, you get to a point, you’re like, ‘I can’t sit around no more. I’m a working boy.’ So you just say, ‘Yey, plan it and let’s go do it.’ And you pray for the best. But right now I’m strong enough to do it and and rebounded enough.”