So sorry that it's taken me so long to write this post. It's been an extremely hectic week for me. Had a research paper due Monday and a Chemistry exam today, not to mention all of my other school/work responsibilities to attend to. But here I am now, ready to give you a review.
The concert Saturday night was quite simply the best concert that I've ever been to in my life. And I've been to a lot of them and seen many different acts. Keith puts so much energy into his show that it's amazing.
Katrina Elam started the night off and I've gotta say, I think I'm in love!
She has an amazingly powerful voice and I think she has great potential to go somewhere in this business. Her band was so, so.
But the main event, of course, was when Keith took the stage. I absolutely loved the pitch black arena and then him appearing with his acoustic to play an excerpt from "These Are the Days." He did an excellent job of the way he planned the whole concert out, especially by making "These are the Days" lead right into "Days Go By." Which you may or may not know, "These are the Days" was actually supposed to be an ending to "Days Go By" sort of like what was done on Golden Road with "Somebody Like You" but he didn't feel that it would be original if he did it twice, so he tacked it on at the end.
I think the highlight of the night, for everyone in the audience, was when Keith launched into an extended impromptu guitar solo during "Where The Blacktop Ends" and ventured off the stage. But he didn't just stay in the general vicinity of the stage. He wandered all around the audience, including up into the stands. Had women pulling his hair and one woman jumped on his back as he walked down the stairs. Security had to peel her off. But through all of that, he NEVER missed a lick on the guitar.
Some of the funniest moments of the night would have to be when he was playing "Homespun Love" and all of a sudden he started to launch into "Kung Fu Fighting" and then yelled "PSYCHE" and kept going with "Homespun Love." He had the audience cracking up at that. Another funny thing that happened was after he and Chris R. (new guitarist) fell on the floor as they were playing at the opening of "You Look Good In My Shirt" his belt came unbuckled and as he was singing he was trying to hide behind his guitar as he fixed it, but it was pretty obvious to everyone what was going on. LOL
The acoustic set was fabulous, but then again I'd expect nothing less from him. He makes every song interesting and different each time he plays it. The mark of a true musician. The percussion bit with the acoustic and the mike was just plain awesome. He never ceases to amaze.
I was also looking forward to seeing him play "Tonight I Wanna Cry." I've known for awhile that he was going to be playing the piano. He dabbles in the keys a bit (even though he says he's not very good!) and I thought he did an awesome job. It was very cool to see him play something other than his usual instruments. I don't know if you've ever had the opportunity to listen to his 1991 Australian released CD, but there's a version of Clutterbilly on there that is heavy on the piano, which he plays.
I was really looking forward to seeing him play "She's Gotta Be" which, IMO, is the best guitar song on Be Here, and he certainly didn't disappoint. I was blown away by the extended guitar solo at the end. Other awesome ones included "Raining on Sunday", "Somebody Like You", "Who Wouldn't Wanna Be Me", "You're My Better Half" and "Better Life". Just about anything he rocks out on, you know is gonna have a great solo in it.
It's very hard to put into words the kind of performer the Keith Urban and the impact that he has on anyone that goes to his concerts. He's just that phenomenal of a performer. I'm sure you know what I mean. I'm sure there are bits that I've left out about the concert, but I just can't think of anymore right now. Because I'm a guitarist and Keith is my favorite guitarist/biggest influence, I focus so much on the guitar aspect and I got my money's worth and so much more on Saturday night. Can't wait until he comes back to town again!
I do know from several people that I've talked to that have attended two or three shows on the tour so far said that Columbus was by far THE best show of all of them. He rocked Columbus, got an awesome review in the Dispatch, and last night, he finally received some overdue recognition from the CMA's. Great time to be a KU fan.
Have a great time in Louisville on the 14th and let me know how the show was!