With Freedom Tower rising up behind the stage, Restless Heart brought the crowd to its feet in the last concert of the Patriotic World Tour 2006. Military personnel and their families at Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii, filled a banyan-tree-lined open air mall Monday night (April 17) to celebrate freedom with the sounds of Restless Heart, Lee Greenwood and a combined Air Force band as they closed a 14 day, 8 show tour taking them, literally, around the world.
They also shared the stage with six members of the New England Patriot Cheerleaders and comedian Dick Hardwick. The glue holding the show together was emcee Mary Therese, a Georgia area CBS news anchor, and a favorite sweetheart of the Restless Heart crew.
The show, sponsored by the U. S. Air Force Reserve, began at Robins AFB, Ga., home of the Air Force Reserve and the Band of the Air Force Reserve. After a brief stop in Germany to visit wounded troops at Landstuhl Hospital, the show hit the stage for the first time at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey. From Turkey, the troupe traveled “down range” into the war zone. In less than a week, they made the 12 hour flight from Southwest Asia to the Pacific, rocking crowds at Kadena AB, Japan, Kunsan AB, Korea and Misawa AB, Japan. The first day of rest came on a beautiful Easter Sunday in Hawaii where they attended Sunrise Services on the beach. Lee Greenwood provided a special solo during the service which deeply touched the audience.
At the conclusion of the show Monday night, the troupe loaded up on the Air Force Reserve KC-10 refueler for the 8 hour flight back to middle-Georgia to end the 27,000 mile trip. But, there was little rest for the Restless Heart team. It was back to Nashville that night to wash a load of clothes and pack for a three-day road trip. Watch this site for much more on the Patriotic World Tour 2006 as the guys have a chance to gather their thoughts about the fantastic trip and share them with you.