Country music singer Toby Keith is discussing his health for the first time.
The fan favorite received a stomach cancer diagnosis in the fall of 2021. Since then, he has been receiving treatment.
On his social media accounts, Keith shared a message concerning his health.
“I’ve spent the last six months getting chemo, radiation, and surgery,” he explained. ” Thus far, so good. I need to take some time to breathe, recover, and rest.”
Keith states that despite his struggles with his health, he will never forget his friends and supporters. “I’m looking forward to spending time with my family,” he remarked. ” But I’ll see the fans sooner rather than later. I can hardly wait. -T.”
Because of this news, it was unclear what would happen to Keith’s scheduled appearances in the next months. His website at the time stated that his next show would be held on June 17 in Wheaton, Illinois.
The cancellation of Keith’s July 28 show in Columbus, Ohio was verified by the Ohio State Fair after Keith made the news. Some of the tour dates may also be canceled, according to Keith’s spokesperson Elaine Schock, “although I’m not sure how many at this point.”
The singer’s most recent album, “Peso in my Pocket,” which was published last year after a protracted tour delay due to Covid pandemic restrictions, was also confirmed for release on his website.
Keith mentioned that the song ideas for the album spontaneously occurred to him while doing his favorite activity – running.
“I’d look at the song ideas I had on my phone before I started running, and then I’d take off,” he explained. “My time would be up before I knew it, and I’d have been constantly working, grinding gears in my thoughts about the tunes. I’d arrive home, turn on my phone’s recorder, and record what I could.”
“It was a terrific moment for me to write,” he added.
Toby Keith is one of the music industry’s mainstays. In 2021, he received the “National Medal of Arts,” described by the National Endowment for the Arts as “the highest distinction offered to artists and arts patrons by the United States government.”
“Toby Keith is a singer, songwriter, guitarist, and humanitarian who has undertaken 11 USO Tours to date,” according to a statement issued by the National Endowment for the Arts in January 2021.
He has 32 number-one singles.
Keith, a veteran musician, has entertained American troops stationed in Afghanistan and Iraq. He’s also played for past presidents George W. Bush, Barack Obama, and Donald Trump.
Keith has long stood up for cancer patients, and he will do so in the future. Ten years ago, he established the Toby Keith Foundation to help sick children and their families. The “OK Kids Korral” facility launched in 2014 and gave kids getting chemotherapy a free, practical, and welcoming place to stay.
“Red Solo Cup” and “I Wanna Talk About Me” are two of Keith’s best-known tunes. Following the 9/11 attacks, he released the song “Courtesy of the Red, White, and Blue (The Angry American),” which catapulted him to fame.