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Review: Country stars Toby Keith, Trace Adkins put on patriotism-filled show

| Monday, Aug. 23, 2010

The many beefy Ford trucks parked in the First Niagara Pavilion's lot told fans that they, indeed, were heading into a Toby Keith concert -- and sure enough, the truck played a major role in the famous spokesman's stage show.

When the curtain first fell, the front half of a Ford truck rose from the stage, with fans wondering where the rest of it was. Then, doors opened below to reveal the back end, where country superstar Keith was lying down, hiding. Band members pulled down the tailgate, and -- surprise! -- out pops Keith, ready to rock with nearly two hours of great music. He got the crowd of thousands excited as he sang several fan favorites, such as "I Love This Bar," "I Wanna Talk About Me" and "You Shouldn't Kiss Me Like This."

Trace Adkins was the perfect tour-mate for Keith; the two guys are close friends, and have similar macho, fiery and patriotic images. Adkins' set, before Keith's, was sweet but too short. In Keith's encore, though, fans got a nice surprise when Adkins joined Keith to sing two of Keith's patriotic songs: "American Soldier" and "Courtesy of the Red, White & Blue (The Angry American)." The show ended with a bath of red, white and blue confetti.

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