WATCH: Parker McCollum Salutes Toby Keith at Michigan Concert
Following sets from tour openers George Birge and Corey Kent, the video screen behind the main stage simulated a Vegas-style slot machine - revealing the 90s country icon whose song would play in the arena next, as McCollum's crew prepared the stage for his set. Songs from Tim McGraw, Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood, Faith Hill and others played, with many in the crowd anticipating a Toby Keith song at any moment.
After the warmup songs wrapped up without a Toby Keith nod, the lights went down and the slot machine came up all Parker McCollum.
McCollum walked up to the mic at center stage without a word, and immediately launched into the opening lyrics of Keith's 2002 hit "Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue (The Angry American)", to deafening applause from the audience. He sang the whole song to open the show, with boisterous fan participation.
The Kalamazoo concert was McCollum's first since Keith passed away.
You can view Parker McCollum's entire salute to Toby Keith here, courtesy of fan Al Garcia:
The Kalamazoo show was also McCollum's first concert since the public announcement that he and wife Hallie Ray Light are expecting their first child later this year.
Lansing's 100.7 WITL took the opportunity to be the among the first to welcome the McCollums' new addition with a "Wittle Bundle of Joy" onesie.
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