Tim McGraw pays tribute to Toby Keith at The Florida Show: Watch – Hollywood Life
Tim McGraw celebrate the latest celebrity Toby Keithlife after the singer’s death from cancer at the age of 62. The country superstar took to Instagram on Friday to share a video of himself paying tribute to the late star during a performance at Hard Rock Live at Hotel Seminole Hard Rock & Casino in Hollywood, Florida. He also posted a caption expressing his gratitude for the emotional moment.
“Thanx Hollywood FL for helping me pay tribute to @tobykeith last night…. Means so much @hardrockholly #timmcgraw #tobykeith,” read the caption.
In the clip, Tim spoke to the crowd about his close relationship with Toby. “Toby and I got to know each other really well early in our career,” he said. “We spent a lot of time hanging out on the bus, played some shows together… trying to protect him in basketball. It wasn’t much fun because he beat the s*it out of you,” he also joked.
“But he was a great guy, a great artist and I always respected how he did things his own way and didn’t care what anyone thought,” he continued. So bear with me if I don’t get through, you help me, but I want to dedicate this song to Toby and his family.”
Tim went on to sing his 2015 hit “Live Like You Were Dying” and the audience sang along. Just three days earlier, he also shared a tribute post to Toby which included pictures of him and an emotional message.
“Our self-titled debuts came out on the same day, April 20, 1993… Toby and I spent a lot of time together early in our careers… careers and lives,” he wrote in the message. “He was a hero. He did things his way, on his terms, a true artist. I have always and will always have great respect for the artistry, enthusiasm and fearlessness of doing his work.
We will all miss you, brother.”
Tim’s touching tribute on stage and online comes after many other stars paid tribute to Toby following his death, which happened on Monday. Some of them were imported Reba McEntire, Brett Favre, Dolly Parton, Carrie Underwood, Zach Bryan, Jason Aldean, Kristin Chenoweth, Jelly rolland Jill Biden. Brett, who was good friends with Toby, recently revealed details of his last meeting with Toby, three months before his death.
“I think in the end he was just tired. He told me when we had the conversation, he said, ‘Brett… whatever happens, I’m fine with it,'” he said TMZ Sports. “[Keith] he said, ‘I left chemo and it probably did more damage to me than the cancer did. And he said, ‘I just hope I didn’t leave it too late, but … I’m grateful that I got the chance to play some shows. I finished them.’ “