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Monday
Nov112013

Sara Evans Moves into the Lifestyle Guru Zone with TV Appearance and New Blog

Sony Music NashvilleSara Evans opens up her Birmingham, LA home to HGTV's Celebrities at Home Tuesday at 11 a.m. ET. The show's host, Nancy O'Dell, traveled to the house to see the decor Sara and her interior designer, Lisa Flake, picked out.

If you like what you see on Celebrities at Home, check out more of Sara's style at her new lifestyle blog, ARealFinePlace.com. Sara started the site with her friend, make-up artist and sister-in-law Kaelin Evans, also known as KK.

“We are traveling all over the world, all the while trying to balance being wives, mothers, friends and fashionistas!" Sara says. "We always say we should be recording our adventures so here we are."

Several of the latest blog entries capture Sara and KK's recent trip to Australia. On the music front, Sara's latest single, "Slow Me Down," is now climbing the country chart.

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Monday
Nov112013

Did Adele Turn Down a Multi-Million-Dollar Offer from L'Oreal?

Lauren Dukoff/Columbia RecordsUnlike many of her fellow pop stars, Adele has yet to sign a big-bucks endorsement deal, and it doesn't look like she plans to accept any offers anytime soon.  The British tabloid The Mirror reports that the singer said no to an offer of nearly 20 million dollars from beauty company L'Oreal.

A source told the paper that Adele was in negotiations to be the face of L'Oreal for the next four years -- a deal that would have brought her over 19 million bucks.  But then, according to the source, "she just changed her mind," leaving the company holding the bag.

"L’Oréal is gobsmacked that she turned down such a huge amount," the source told the paper.

Back in 2011, Adele seemingly stated her position on this sort of deal quite clearly, saying in an interview, "I don’t want my name anywhere near another brand. I don’t wanna be tainted or haunted. I think it’s shameful when you sell out.”

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Monday
Nov112013

Taylor Swift "Almost Teared Up" with Pride at Ed Sheeran's MSG Concerts

Image Courtesy Ed Sheeran via InstagramTaylor Swift's given Ed Sheeran's career a huge boost over the past year by having him as her opening act, so it's no surprise that she felt like a proud mom at the singer's recent sold-out shows at New York City's famed Madison Square Garden.

Speaking to London's Capital Radio about joining Ed on stage during his run at the Garden, Taylor said, "I was almost tearing up because he introduced me and we're standing there in front of a screen in front of a sold-out Madison Square Garden crowd and they all bought tickets with his name on it. I was so proud of him."

"The fact that it was able to happen so quick is what I was so proud of," Taylor added, noting that just a couple of months ago, Ed had opened for her at a stadium in the New York City area. 

As she explained, "Then, they put the tickets on sale for Madison Square Garden. And clearly, everyone who saw us, a huge percentage of them wanted to see him. That really shows a lot -- that the fans were willing to go, 'You know what, I want to see that guy do his own show too.'"

"I think for him, success worldwide is inevitable," she added. "That's going to happen. He's amazing, he's talented, he's got an amazing record."

"I See Fire," the song Ed has recorded for the upcoming movie The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, is out now.  His second album is due in 2014.

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Monday
Nov112013

Post MTV EMAs, Miley Cyrus "Doesn't Give AF" What People Think of Her 

Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagicAfter causing controversy at the MTV EMAs Sunday night by appearing to smoke a joint on stage, Miley Cyrus has taken to Twitter to state categorically that, well, she doesn't care if you approve of her or not.

"Sometimes in life you just gotta decide to not give AF," she tweeted.   As for whether or not she actually blazed one up on stage -- or off- --  well, perhaps Miley's description of the evening is a clue.  After attending an after-party hosted by Katy Perry, Miley wrote, "Last night was a blurrrrrrrrrrrrrrr."  She also thanked MTV for her two awards.

At the podium accepting her award Sunday night, Miley told the crowd, "I couldn't fit this award in my bag, but I did find this," and pulled out what looked like a joint, which she then proceeded to smoke, violating Amsterdam's rules against smoking anything indoors.  The U.S. telecast of the MTV Europe Music Awards edited out Miley's onstage smoking.

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Monday
Nov112013

Morrissey to Release Cover of Lou Reed’s “Satellite of Love” in December, Additional Live Tracks on Vinyl in January

Parlophone RecordsMorrissey has announced he’ll be releasing something special to pay tribute to legendary singer Lou Reed, who died last month from complications of liver disease.

The ex-Smiths frontman will soon make available a live version of him covering Reed’s classic track "Satellite of Love," which was recorded during Morrissey's show at the Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas, Nevada, on November 25, 2011. You’ll be able to purchase the track digitally on December 3, while a vinyl version of the release that includes a number of other live cuts will arrive in stores sometime in January.

Upon hearing of Reed's passing, Morrissey released a statement about Reed's influence on his music, writing, "He has been there all of my life. He will always be pressed to my heart. Thank God for those, like Lou, who move within their own laws, otherwise imagine how dull the world would be."

In other Morrissey news, the singer’s memoir, Autobiography, will hit U.S. bookstores on December 3. An audio book of the release will also be available that day, read by The Walking Dead actor David Morrissey.

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Monday
Nov112013

Kix Brooks Collaborates with Randy Houser, Jay DeMarcus and Trace Adkins on a Pair of New Movies

Sony Music NashvilleKix Brooks makes his debut as a lead actor in the new western Ambush at Dark Canyon, now available on demand. The movie will be available at Walmart and Sam's Club on January 14 before hitting all retailers on March 11. The Walmart release will also include the movie's soundtrack produced by Kix himself. Randy Houser also makes his acting debut in Ambush at Dark Canyon and collaborates with Kix on the soundtrack.

Kix also is the executive producer of the new film A Country Christmas, on DVD this week. That movie includes special appearances by Trace Adkins and Jay DeMarcus of Rascal Flatts fame. Kix and Jay produced that movie soundtrack, too.

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Monday
Nov112013

Cher Says Her Last Movie Was "Horrible," but Vows to Act Again

Warner Bros. RecordsEven if they know they're in a stinker of a film, most actors won't bad-mouth it, but Cher isn't most actors.  The Oscar winner is very clear on her opinion of her most recent movie, which she slams as "horrible" and "terrible."

The movie in question was Burlesque, the 2010 movie about a small-town girl who tries to break into show biz at an L.A. burlesque club.  It also starred Christina Aguilera and Kristen Bell.  Speaking about her acting career to the British paper The Guardian, Cher says, "I'm in a strange place right now.  I'm too old to be young and I'm too young to be old, so I have to be used creatively.  In Burlesque, which was horrible, I had no love interest, I was running this [dance troupe].  That's who I was."

"It could have been a much better film," she continues, blaming the mess on the director, Steve Antin, who she calls "terrible," and the script, which she calls "really terrible."  "It was always sad that it was not a good film," Cher says.  "Had it been shorter, it would have squeaked by and been a really good popcorn movie."

However, the veteran entertainer says she hasn't given up on acting.  "I would like to do that, and I will do it, you know," she insists.

But sometimes, Cher's "horrible" projects end up great.  In the same interview, she calls "Believe," one of her biggest hits, a "horrible" song that she couldn't make sound right no matter how many times she sang it.  She got so frustrated, she says, she cursed out her producer and stormed out of the studio.  But the next day, she happened to turn on the TV and see a British singer using an Auto-Tune device.  The next day, she told the producer to use it on "Believe," and voila!  A #1 hit.

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Monday
Nov112013

Long-in-the-Works Keith Moon Biopic Project Moving Forward Again

Ron Howard/RedfernsIt looks like the long-gestating theatrical film about late Who drummer Keith Moon finally is moving forward.  According to The Hollywood Reporter, the movie, which has the support of Who singer Roger Daltrey, will be the first project made as part of a newly-announced agreement between the Exclusive Media and Da Vinci Media Ventures companies.

Daltrey has been working with Exclusive Media CEO Nigel Sinclair on the flick, which will tell the story of Moon, who arguably was as famous for his outlandish and destructive antics as he was for the unique, energetic drumming style that drove The Who's music.

Exclusive Media currently is in the process of hiring a screenwriter for the film, which Daltrey has been trying to get made for many years.  No title for the upcoming movie has been announced.

"The Keith Moon project is one close to my heart so I am excited to reinvigorate it," Daltrey says in a statement.

Da Vinci executive Wendy Rutland, who will serve as an executive producer on the project, adds, "I am a massive Who fan and consider Keith Moon to be the greatest rock drummer of all time.  I could feel Roger's passion and detailed perspective for this unique story after our first phone call."

Moon died in 1978 at age 32 from an overdose of medication he was taking to treat his alcohol addiction.

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Monday
Nov112013

.Mariah Carey Debuts "The Art of Letting Go," Says, "This Is Such a Personal Record"

Island RecordsMariah Carey took to Facebook on Monday morning to debut her hotly-anticipated new single, "The Art of Letting Go," which is the title track from her forthcoming album.

The song is an old-school sounding record, complete with clicks and pops like an old vinyl record.  The track has a doo-wop feel to it, with Mariah singing over a simple piano track and some light percussion.  The focus is definitely on the lyrics, which detail Mariah being let down and disappointed by an ex, or maybe even a business associate. 

"I hope you don't get no ideas about reuniting, baby/'Cause that's the last thing I truly need/Your audacity is too much to be believed/So go to 'Mimi' on your contacts, press delete," sings Mariah.  The chorus goes, "Letting go ain't easy/Oh it's just exceedingly hurtful/'Cause somebody you used to know/Is spinning your world around/And they watch as you're falling down."

Writing about the song on Facebook, Mariah says, "This is such a personal record to me. I wrote the lyrics so that anyone and everyone could relate to them and hopefully release anything that they need to let go of that's holding them back or bringing them down. Thank you for sharing this experience with me!"

"The Art of Letting Go" is now on iTunes.

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Monday
Nov112013

Drake Issues Video for "Worst Behavior"

Facebook.com/DrakeDrake heads to Memphis, Tennessee in the video for "Worst Behavior," the newest single from his platinum album Nothing Was the Same.

The 10-minute clip, which was directed by Director X, features cameos from Memphis’ own Juicy J and Turk from the Hot Boys, as well as Drake’s father Dennis Graham, who sings and poses in colorful suits in the visual for Drizzy's DJ Dahi-produced song.

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Monday
Nov112013

Drake Issues Video for "Worst Behavior"

Drake heads to Memphis, Tennessee in the video for "Worst Behavior," the newest single from his platinum album Nothing Was the Same.

The 10-minute clip, which was directed by Director X, features cameos from Memphis’ own Juicy J and Turk from the Hot Boys, as well as Drake’s father Dennis Graham, who sings and poses in colorful suits in the visual for Drizzy's DJ Dahi-produced song.

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Monday
Nov112013

Kanye West Performed at Leonardo DiCaprio’s 39th Birthday 

PRNewsFoto/Victoria's SecretKanye West had a busy 48 hours this past weekend. The rapper not only played a surprise show at Odd Future's Carnival in Los Angeles on Saturday night, but he also jetted to the East Coast Sunday night to shock party-goers who attended Leonardo DiCaprio’s 39th birthday party in New York City, according to Complex.com.

During Kanye's set, which took place inside TAO Downtown, the rapper brought out 2 Chainz for performances of "Mercy" and "Birthday Song" before showcasing his solo renditions of "Good Life" and "Runaway." The event also included Q-Tip on the guest list, who later tweeted a picture of himself, donning a bow-tie, inside the event.

In related news, Kanye will perform next when his Yeezus tour resumes November 16 in Philadelphia.

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Monday
Nov112013

Ciara Is "Excited" About Wedding Plans, Says "I Just Can't Wait"

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Last month, Ciara announced that she was engaged after her rapper boyfriend, Future, proposed to her with a 15-carat diamond ring during her 28th birthday party in New York City.  Now, the singer has revealed that she's already started planning for the big day.

"I'm very very excited! [Just] like every girl…we think about making that dress and that moment, and being with your bridesmaids. I just can't wait to do everything, I'm like a little kid right now," Ciara told E! News recently. "We talked about what we want to do. We want it to be very special."

The diva remained mum on the specifics but said she does want the ceremony to occur in "perfect weather."

"I know I don't want it to be like, burning hot," she says. "Like, right when the sun starts to get really warm or right when it ends. I'm thinking I want a spotlight when I come down the aisle. I want it to be nice! It's the performer in me!"

In addition, there are whispers that Ci Ci is planning two weddings. A source recently told HollyScoop.com, "She wants a wedding in warm weather, maybe Atlanta because they are both from there." There's no word on where the second ceremony might be held.

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Monday
Nov112013

Watch Muse Perform “Madness” from "Live in Rome"

Gavin BondMuse is sharing footage from their upcoming live CD/DVD set, Live in Rome, due on December 2.  A newly-released video excerpt posted on the band's YouTube channel features a performance of the hit single “Madness,” from their latest release, The 2nd Law.

Live in Rome documents Muse's performance at the Olympic Stadium in Rome on July 6.  The DVD boasts 20 tracks, while the CD version of the release features 13.  Both releases include performances of the hits “Supermassive Black Hole,” “Uprising” and “Starlight,” as well as several other cuts from The 2nd Law.

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Monday
Nov112013

Kellie Pickler Focuses on New Music over Dancing in Her Live Shows

Black River Ent.Kellie Pickler wowed TV viewers with her fancy footwork on ABC's Dancing with the Stars earlier this year -- she even won the coveted mirrorball trophy.  So you might expect Kellie's country concerts to include some choreography, but she tells ABC News Radio those elaborate dances don't fit her down-home country hits.   

Kellie says, "No, I mean, we're ballroom dancing, so I'm not gonna break out the Argentine tango in the middle of 'I Wonder' or 'Red High Heels.' It just doesn't go together. It doesn't make sense."

Instead, Kellie's focused on performing music from her new album, The Woman I Am.  However, she isn't saying never when it comes to using her dancing skills in concert. 

"I wanted to get out there and sing my song," Kellie says, "Maybe down the road, if I'm able to build a bigger production and want to, then maybe I would venture into that."

As for her new album, Kellie describes it as "Kellie Country," saying, "[It] may be the most 'me' album that I've created yet."

Look for Kellie to promote The Woman I Am with performances on The Ellen DeGeneres Show and CBS's Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson Wednesday. She's also slated to perform on ABC's The View Tuesday, November 26.

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Monday
Nov112013

ABBA's Agnetha Faltskog Says Band Is Considering 40th Anniversary Reunion Event for 2014

ABBASite.com/Polar Music InternationalSince giving their final performance in December 1982, the members of the famed Swedish pop group ABBA have rarely reunited.  Now, however, singer Agnetha Faltskog has excited fans by suggesting that the band could come together next year to mark the 40th anniversary of their hit tune "Waterloo" winning the prestigious Eurovision Song Contest in 1974 and launching their career.

In an interview this past week with Germany's Die Welt am Sonntag newspaper, Faltskog says of a possible 40th anniversary reunion, "Sure, we're thinking about it."

She added, "There seem to be plans to do something to mark this anniversary in some way.  But I can't say at this point what will come of them."

The 65-year-old singer, who released a new solo album titled A earlier this year, admits she's not dwelling on whether or not the band members actually will organize some kind of special event to celebrate the milestone.  "That eats up too much energy," she maintained.  "Don't just think about it, just do it."

Faltskog adds that she and her fellow ABBA band mates probably shouldn't wait much longer if they do want to reunite.  "We're all getting older," she noted.  "I can't imagine going onto the stage on walking sticks."

During their years together, ABBA released an impressive string of hit international singles, with their biggest U.S. hits being "Dancing Queen," which topped the Billboard Hot 100 in 1976; "Take a Chance on Me," which reached #3 in 1978; and "Waterloo," which peaked at #6 in 1974.

The last time the band's four members -- Faltskog, Anni-Frid Lyngstad, Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus -- appeared in public together was in July 2008 at the Swedish premiere of the film version of Mamma Mia, the hit musical created by Andersson and Ulvaeus.

ABBA was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2010.

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Monday
Nov112013

Justin Bieber Cuts Concert Short Due to Food Poisoning; Releases New Song "All Bad" 

Image Courtesy Justin Bieber on InstagramThe title of Justin Bieber's latest song in his Music Monday series of releases is an apt description of his tour of South America: it's called "All Bad."

The latest problem to beset the singer while touring in South America came Sunday night, when he was forced to cut short his show in Argentina due to illness.  Before the show, Justin tweeted that he was suffering from food poisoning, but thanked fans for his win at the MTV EMAs.  Then, he announced that despite his illness, the show would still go on, against doctor's orders.  "Not feeling so good. Actually pretty sick. Pulling it together. Argentina we got a show to do. Love u," he tweeted.

Unfortunately, Justin's illness got the best of him and he had to announce to the audience that he couldn't go on.  "I'm not feeling too good...I wanna say that I hate to do this because I hate disappointing any of my fans, but I love you with all my heart. You guys are incredible and I'm sorry once again," he said onstage.  

To add insult to injury, Justin was reportedly asked to leave his hotel in Buenos Aires because his fans camped outside were making too much of a ruckus.  Reps for the hotel told E! that Justin was no longer staying there, but wouldn't give a reason, though TMZ reported that it was because of the unruly fans.  On Saturday, Justin tweeted, "to all my fans at the hotel. thank u. i love u. but please calm down and respect the police. we dont want anyone getting hurt."

It was the just the latest setback in a tour that saw the singer getting charged for spray-painting a wall in Brazil and being accused of visiting a brothel and patronizing prostitutes.  And of course, there was also that embarrassing viral video that one of his party guests took of him sleeping.

The song "All Bad," however, isn't really about Justin's experiences on tour, though it could be seen as a commentary on rumors and innuendo about him.  The lyrics on the surface are about a guy who's trying to convince a girl that he's right for her, even though other girls are trash-talking him.  "They try to get at me/ Behind your back/Tryin’ to tell me that I’m just like the others/But I ain’t all bad/No, no, I ain’t all bad," Justin sings.  "Perfect, ain’t saying that I am/Proven, it’s proven I don’t give a damn."

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Monday
Nov112013

David Crosby Reveals Plans for Tour in Support of New Solo Album, "Croz"

Photo: Eleanor StillsDavid Crosby recently announced that he'll hit the road in late January for a U.S. tour to support Croz, his first solo studio album in 20 years.  The 72-year-old singer/songwriter shared details about his plans for the trek with Rolling Stone.

Crosby reveals that the upcoming shows will be comprised of two sets, with the first featuring a full performance of his new album, which is due out on January 27.  The second set will see the folk-rock legend dig into his back catalog, including songs from his years with Crosby, Stills & Nash, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, as well as from his solo career and his duo recordings with Graham Nash.

While the initial tour announcement reported that Crosby also planned to perform some of Byrds material, he tells Rolling Stone he's not sure yet if he'll include songs from his famed 1960s group in the concerts.

"That's reaching pretty far back," he maintains.  "I won't do that unless there's a song that really thrills us, and there's a couple [of Byrds tunes] that might work.

Of course, fans can expect to hear a number of popular CSN and CSNY songs, although David says there's one classic that he intends to leave off of his set lists.

"People expect me to play 'Almost Cut My Hair,' and so I'm not gonna play it," he declares.

One project Crosby says he's particularly excited to revisit for the upcoming shows is his first solo effort, 1971's If I Could Only Remember My Name.  "I'm very tempted to play 'Laughing,' 'Tamalpais High,' 'Cowboy Movie' and 'Music Is Love,'" he reveals, while noting, "Some things on that record are pretty un-performable."

Crosby's tour kicks off January 28 with the first of three scheduled shows at New York City's City Winery and is plotted out through a February 23-25 engagement at The Troubadour in Los Angeles.

Meanwhile, David tells Rolling Stone that after CSNY's recent reunion performances at Neil Young's Bridge School Benefit, he hoping the quartet will hit the road later in 2014.  He points out, however, that Young is the deciding factor.

"I would dearly love for it to happen, but it's not up to me.  I'm not in charge," Crosby says.  "I do think there is more music to be made, really good music."

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Monday
Nov112013

Passenger's "Let Her Go" Goes Platinum; He Says He's "Baffled" By Song's Success

Credit: Angelo KehagiasThe success of Ed Sheeran proves that U.S. music fans are into acoustic British singer/songwriters -- and Ed's buddy, Passenger, is reaping the benefits.

Passenger is the stage name of Mike Rosenberg, a British singer/songwriter who opened for Ed on his North American tour last year, and this year in the U.K. and Australia.  Now, his haunting single "Let Her Go" has gone platinum in the U.S. and it just reached the top 15 on the Billboard Hot 100, thanks to its performance on The Voice last month by Cole Vosbury.

In addition, Passenger's album All the Little Lights has jumped into the top 30.  His new iTunes Sessions EP goes on sale Tuesday, and it features "Let Her Go" as well as five other tracks, one of them a cover of the Simon & Garfunkel classic "Homeward Bound."

So, why has "Let Her Go," which was originally released in July of 2012, become a big hit in America, in addition to topping charts worldwide?  Mike says he's not really sure. 

"It's a really good question and something that I'm slightly baffled about myself," he tells ABC News Radio. "It's been quite an incredible year for me, going from busking on the street to having this massive hit on my hands."  However, he does have a few theories about why "Let Her Go" seems to have universal appeal.

"First of all, that melody line, I think, is very catchy, just on a very sort of basic level," Mike explains. "But also the sentiment behind the lyrics, you know. It's a very simple subject matter, which I think everybody seems to relate to."

"I think sometimes that's the power of a good song," he adds. "It's just saying something that everyone feels but saying it very simply and putting it to music, and I think that's kind of what 'Let Her Go' is."  But Mike says he's still surprised that a song that was so much about his own life could be embraced by everybody. "I wrote it after a breakup...it's a very personal song to write, but I think once somebody else hears it, they then insert themselves and their own characters into it," he says.

An added bonus is, unlike most situations where a musician goes through a breakup and writes a song about it, the woman who inspired "Let Her Go" is still in the picture, and she and Mike still get along. 

"We're really good friends now, and I think she's sort of as surprised as everybody else that knows me that this has got so big!"  he tells ABC News Radio.  

Passenger's been touring Europe lately, and will wrap up a sold-out world tour in December in Australia.  On Saturday, he flew to London to perform at one of that city's holiday traditions: the switching on of the Christmas lights in Regent Street, a main shopping thoroughfare.  Leona Lewis also performed at the ceremony on Saturday; Modern Family star Ty Burrell was also on hand to flip the switch.

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Monday
Nov112013

Toby Keith Shares a Few Reality Checks from His USO Tours This Veteran's Day

Show Dog/UniversalToby Keith has been entertaining troops on USO tours for more than a decade, but his visits go beyond just singing a few songs for the men and women in uniform. This Veteran's Day, Toby is opening up about the harsh realities he's witnessed visiting troops in war zones. At first, he thought he'd just be kind of a cheerleader to help get the troops fired up for battle, but Toby found a much different situation once he got on the ground.

He says, ""You know, as much as I wanted to run right in there and say, "Let's go get 'em." You know, going and gettin' 'em and seeing what going and gettin' 'em means is a big reality check, and you gotta bow up and take it."

As an example, Toby talks about walking into a medical tent to visit a soldier who just lost his leg in an explosion.

"Normal conversation chatter doesn't work, 'cause guess what? He ain't doing very good," Toby says. "So, you have to go in and find something else new to stir the conversation, and those little things like that are really tough."

What's even tougher is knowing some soldiers gave the ultimate sacrifice in defending their country.

Looking back on one of his tours in Iraq, Toby recalls, "flying on airplanes out of Baghdad with a couple coffins wrapped in American flags." He adds, "You talk about a somber, reality check."

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