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Keith gets locked in for new tour

Thursday, March 31, 2011 – Toby Keith is Locked & Loaded. Well at least that's the name of his tour this summer with Eric Church as the opening act.

The tour starts June 30 in Mt. Pleasant, Mich. More than 30 dates are confirmed with a total of 44 U.S. cities being scheduled, including stops in Washington, D.C. and Los Angeles. Keith will add 12 European dates to the itinerary, marking Ketih's first return to the area to perform since his 2009 sold out World's Toughest Tour.

Keith's annual Spring USO Tour will also likely make an appearance on his 2011 itinerary.

On Jan. 29, he returned to the Grand Ole Opry stage 8 years after his first and only performance there.

Tour dates are:

June30 Mt. Pleasant, MI

July1 Milwaukee, WI

July2 Dauphin, MB

July15 Cleveland, OH

July16 St. Clairsville, OH

July22 Raleigh, NC

July23 Virginia Beach, VA

July30 Cheyenne, WY

July31 Camrose, AB *

Aug. 4 Sacramento, CA

Aug. 5 Mountain View, CA

Aug. 9 Sturgis, SD *

Aug. 12 San Diego, CA

Aug. 13 Irvine, CA

Aug. 19 Portland, CA

Aug. 20 Seattle, WA

Aug. 31 St. Paul, MN

Sept. 2 Holmdel, NJ

Sept. 3 Pittsburgh, PA

Sept. 4 Buffalo, NY

Sept. 9 Philadelphia, PA

Sept. 10 Washington, DC

Sept. 14 York, PA

Sept. 15 Scranton, PA

Sept. 16 Hartford, CT

Sept. 17 Boston, MA

Sept. 23 St. Louis, MO

Sept. 24 Chicago, IL

Sept. 29 Cincinnati, OH

Sept. 30 Detroit, MI

Oct. 1 Indianapolis, IN

Oct. 7 Charlotte, NC

Oct. 8 Atlanta, GA

Oct. 9 Mobile, AL

Oct. 14 Tampa, FL

Oct. 15 West Palm Beach, FL

* = Eric Church not performing.

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