Toby Keith Performing in Saudi Capital During Donald Trump Visit
Toby Keith is getting another chance to play for President Donald Trump. The country superstar is headed to Saudi Arabia this weekend to perform during Trump's first official state visit.
Keith is set to perform in the Saudi capital city of Riyadh during Trump's visit, according to the Associated Press, which reports that the event is free and open to men only in accordance with the law. Saudi Arabia adheres to a very rigid, extremely strict interpretation of Islam that segregates men and women who are unrelated in public and bans alcohol.
An Arabian lute player will also appear on the bill with Keith, whose hits include drinking songs like "Beer for My Horses," "Get Drunk and Be Somebody" and "Get My Drink On," as well as rousing patriotic anthems including "Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue (The Angry American)" and "American Soldier."
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Saudi Arabia has recently relaxed the rules on entertainment events, the AP reports, now allowing some musical performances that had been banned for decades. Keith's performance is part of a huge schedule of events the kingdom has arranged to try to impress Trump during his visit.
Keith drew criticism for his performance during Trump's inauguration, but he says he wouldn't change it.
“In the end, it just makes you stronger,” he states of the backlash. “If you don’t succumb to that kind of pressure, you’ll always come out stronger: Your fans will love you more, your friends will love you more, and at the end of the day, you just get another notch on your gun belt.”
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