Toby Keith Confronts Music Journalist Peter Cooper
- The current issue of Rolling Stone has a profile of Kris Kristofferson in which actor Ethan Hawke recalled a confrontation between Kristofferson and an unnamed country singer at Willie Nelson‘s 70th birthday party in 2003. The Tennessean then ran a story about that story and identified the unnamed singer as Toby Keith. However, a furious Keith claims the incident never took place and Kristofferson is backing him up. Keith called the story 100 percent fiction and reminisced on the party in an interview with CMT Insider:
Keith recalls rehearsing his song “I’ll Never Smoke Weed With Willie Again” at the Beacon Theater for Nelson’s birthday concert.
“And as soon as I was done, they said somebody’s gonna speak — and I don’t remember if it was Robert DeNiro or Bill Clinton — and they said, I think, Ray Charles is on his way to the venue. Well, I had never seen Ray, so we went out and stood in the empty chairs, and [one of the members of Aerosmith] said, ‘I ain’t gonna miss this.’ … ZZ Top may have come out and watched that, too. … They led Ray on from the right side and Leon Russell was on the left and Willie was in the middle. I stood and watched Willie cry. Of course Ray, couldn’t see him, but Willie cried the whole time, and Ray played and they sang. The whole thing got quiet in there, and it was really mysterious and touching, like nothing you ever saw.”
I should probably contact Keith’s people before I link to this next article, you know, to make sure it actually happened, but Melinda Newman reported on the confrontation between Keith and The Tennessean‘s Peter Cooper in the press room at last night’s ACM Awards. Talk about heated. (via NashvilleGab)
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