Whenever I’d heard of Keith Urban in the media, he’d been billed as a country singer, and by the look of the costuming in the audience one would think that was an accurate assessment, however when he burst onto the stage there was nothing country about this guy; he was all rock and roll.
The audience sprung to their feet and erupted in applause as Urban and his band played some of their older hits mixed with songs from their latest album, Get Closer.
Urban was great with the crowd, stopping and talking in between songs and reading some of the signs the fans had brought. One girl held up a sign that read, “my boyfriend says it’s ok that I love you,” which made Urban burst out laughing. Another girl held up a sign that read, “ kiss this girl,” (referencing Urban’s hit song Kiss a Girl) so Urban brought her on stage. Though he never actually kissed her, there were a lot of hugs.
Another highlight came when Urban announced to the crowd, “we don’t usually do this but a good friend of mine happens to be in town making a film so he’s here tonight. Give it up for Russell Crowe!” Crowe has his own band (30 Odd Foot of Grunts) so he’s no stranger to the stage. Urban and his band gave Crowe centre stage as he broke into a classic Johnny Cash song, Folsom Prison Blues. The audience went wild.
Crowe left the stage and the band forged on with more of their own hits accented with a rendition of McCartney and Wings’ Silly Love Songs.
Keith Urban is a phenomenal guitar player and he didn’t slow down for a second. He wove his way through the crowd again and again, reaching out to audience members. He was at a far corner of the arena when he literally grabbed the arm of a young woman and pulled her closer. He then reached over, grabbed a pen, signed his guitar, and gave it to her. She just about fell over with excitement.
Urban’s music was flawless and clear and the lyrics and harmonies were beautiful. Every member in his band are crazy talented as both singers and masters of their instruments. The line-up of songs they played was well thought out and the pacing was right on the mark.
If there’s one show you’re able to catch this year, make it this one. It’ll be the best three hours you spend.
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