Keith Urban has been on my radar since around about 1999/2000 when I first heard “But For the Grace of God” and “Where The Black Top Ends” when I was living in the US. Not only did I love the music, but he was an Aussie boy making good! To be honest it surprised me that there was an Australian country singer hitting the radio in the US, mostly because growing up “country” meant “Country and Western” and no one I knew listened to that!
Fast forward to his album “Golden Road” with songs like “Somebody Like You”, “You’ll Think of Me” and “Raining on Sunday” and I was totally hooked! I was fortunate enough to see him as a support act in 2001 for Brooks & Dunn, then again on his Love, Pain and The Whole Crazy Carnival Ride tour in 2007. Suffice it to say I loved Keith Urban before Nicole did, and before Australia really came to know this “country music star who married Nicole Kidman.” I also loved him before Australia fell in love with him watching him as the sweet, cheeky if not completely sexy judge on The Voice. So when, during The Voice, he announced he was touring, I turned to my husband and said, “We’re going!”
Well, Saturday night we went! And it did not disappoint. Keith opened with “You Gonna Fly” and “Put You In A Song” before telling everyone it was going to be a late night! No complaints from the crowd there! He went on to play a total of 24 songs including an Australia Day-tribute “I Still Call Australia Home” with The Voice star and runner-up Darren Percival and Oasis’s “Wonder Wall” with show-opener Megan Washington. He later brought four crowd members up on stage with him to sing the chorus of “I Wanna Kiss A Girl” and when the audience voted for their favourite – a young man from Caboolture! – he got to sing the rest of the song centre stage on mic with Keith. Meanwhile the other 3 guests paired up with band members to finish out the tune. He then brought out two men he played in Brisbane with when he was just starting out, and they sang “Are You Old Enough.”
He performed on the main stage, and on three other stages located throughout the arena, much to the joy of those sitting at the back of the floor seats and in the upper right hand side of the stage. He ran through the crowd, escorted by security guards, being grabbed, touched, and smiling through every second of it. He even briefly ditched the security detail to climb the stairs and greet more fans. While standing on a chair performing “Who Wouldn’t Wanna Be Me” he signed his guitar and gave it to a fan! The crowd went wild!
Something happened Saturday night that I’ve not seen or felt at any concert before. I left feeling like I’d just been in a room with Keith and 13,000 of his closest friends. For 2.5 hours the band played, they sang, he interacted with the crowd, laughing and joking. Perhaps it was because he was “home” and chances are more than a few people in the crowd had grown up with him, perhaps it is just his genuine nature, but I really felt like he wanted to have a good time, and he wanted every single person there to have a good time. He was soulful, passionate, cheeky, and almost bashful-like when singing lyrics like, “I’m gonna make you a promise, if there’s life after this, I’m gonna be there to meet you with a warm, wet kiss.” I think every woman – maybe some men too – started hoping there is “life after this”!
People might turn their noses up at Keith Urban because he’s “country”. My husband is not a huge country fan, but he enjoyed the concert and Keith’s music. He is a true entertainer, full of God-given talent musically and vocally, and I am so happy that The Mechanic and I got the chance to see him perform live again. We made a night of it, staying in the city at the Royal Albert Hotel (highly recommend!). The only problem with the whole evening is I’m not sure how our next night out will possibly live up to this concert!
Do you like Keith Urban? What’s your ideal Date Night?
Linking up with Jess for #IBOT
For those who are fans, here’s Keith’s set list from the show (I may or may not have made hubby keep track of them all in my phone):
You Gonna Fly
PutYou In A Song
Raining on Sunday
Khe Sahn (ode to Australia Day!)
Long Hot Summer
I Told You So
Making Memories of Us
I Still Call Australia Home (with Darren Percival)
Wonder Wall (with Megan Washington)
Days Go By
Til Summer Comes Around
I Wanna Kiss A Girl
Are You Old Enough (with guests Brad Hooper and “Toughie”)
Tonight I Wanna Cry
Who Wouldn’t Wanna Be Me
You Look Good In My Shirt
Love Somebody Like You
You’ll Think Of Me