Toby Keith Review, Odyssey Arena Nov 09 by Kathleen Barclay




Toby and Kathleen Barclay
Toby and Kathleen Barclay

This was one eagerly anticipated show by one of the biggest American country stars and we were not to be disappointed.  Toby brought his 10 piece band for the show and what a cracking ensemble they turned out to be.  We only had to wait until 9pm and the man bounced on stage, guitar planted firmly around his neck and then the fireworks came fast and furious.

“How Do You Like Me Now”, “Good As I Once Was”, “A Little Less Talk”, were just some of the hits we were treated to and each sounding as good as the day he put them on record.  Toby had a great way of corresponding with the crowd and Belfast loved him.  The huge audience sang every song back to Toby and you could see he was totally amazed.  We also got some tracks from his new album “American Ride”, the title track was leashed upon us and very moving “Cry For Me”.  Toby was so hot he should have come with a Government Health Warning.  A truly wonderful Concert from an Artist making his first visit to this part of the world.

Kathleen is one half of the Irish Connection Radio Show (  – you can tune into Sean at Feile FM 103.2fm or listen online at from 09.00am to midday on Sunday.