. Interchanging Idioms: Toby Keith Joins Conductor Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops for the "Boston Pops" Fireworks Spectacular"

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Toby Keith Joins Conductor Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops for the "Boston Pops" Fireworks Spectacular"

Superstar Toby Keith performs some of his biggest hits on the BOSTON POPS FIREWORKS SPECTACULAR, an entertainment special to be broadcast live from the Charles River Esplanade in Boston, Sunday, July 4 (10:00-11:00 PM, live ET/delayed PT) on the CBS Television Network. Conductor Keith Lockhart leads the Boston Pops for the special, which will be hosted by Craig Ferguson (CBS’ “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson”) for the fourth consecutive year. Boston’s WBZ – TV will broadcast the Boston Pops July 4th concert locally from 8 to 10 p.m.

The BOSTON POPS FIREWORKS SPECTACULAR, in its 37th year, is the orchestra's annual free outdoor Fourth of July concert and is sponsored by Liberty Mutual Group, one of America’s leading insurers, offering auto, home and life insurance for individuals and families, and a variety of insurance products and services for businesses. New for 2010, the entire concert will be broadcast in HD (high definition), courtesy of Liberty Mutual Group. In addition, the final 20 minutes of the broadcast, featuring the spectacular fireworks display, will be presented commercial free by Liberty Mutual Group.

Toby Keith has been among the top musical performers in any genre throughout this past decade, and is ranked among the top-selling artists in all-genres at #3 on Billboard's Top 200 Artists of the Decade. He was also named Billboard's #1 Country Artist of the Decade and #1 Country Songwriter of the Decade and was honored by Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI), which awarded him its prestigious Songwriter/Artist of the Decade Award. He is a three-time BMI Country Artist/Songwriter of the Year with his catalog generating more than 65 million performances. Keith's business empire is as expansive as his hit making ability, encompassing restaurants, movies, and a clothing line. In 2009, his 15th studio album, American Ride, debuted at the top of the Country Albums chart. The title track and the second single from the album, "Cryin' For Me (Wayman's Song)," landed Keith two more consecutive #1 singles, the 27th and 28th chart toppers of his career. His previous album, the critically-acclaimed That Don't Make Me A Bad Guy, also boasts the back-to-back #1 hits "She Never Cried In Front Of Me" and "God Love Her." In the past decade alone, his singles have spent more than a year at #1 on the charts. His tours continue to be among the top-drawing concerts in the world of entertainment. In 2009, Keith's U.S. “America's Toughest Tour” played to more than a million people, marking the ninth consecutive year the hard-touring artist crossed the impressive million-ticket threshold. Overseas, Keith embarked on his first European tour in November, where he sold out a two-week run that included nine shows in six countries, and he performed in Norway at the 16th annual Nobel Peace Prize concert. On June 19th, he will kick off his Ford Trucks-sponsored “American Ride Tour” that will take him across the United States through out the summer.

Boston 4 Productions (www.july4th.org) has produced this annual event for the past 37 years, for which approximately 800,000 people pack Boston's Charles River Esplanade. In addition, more than seven million people across the country and the globe join the Boston Pops through the annual televised broadcast, sponsored by Liberty Mutual Group.

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