Keith Urban Concert Review
9th April Ottawa, Canada
unknown in Europe, Keith Urban is presently one of the biggest
country acts both is the USA and his home country of Australia.
With five US number one singles, over five million
albums sold, nine top five hits and several Grammy nominations,
it can be said that he is doing quite well!
Keith is a down
to earth performer, with good lyrics, good songs and he
also plays a mean guitar.
review takes place in Ottawa,
Canada and is the third and last concert
we had attended during our vacation previously having seen
Steve Vai and Duran Duran.
Samson opened for Keith. Gordie
is a singer songwriter, who has written many songs including
some on Keith Urban’s new album “Be
Here”. By himself with just an acoustic guitar, he provided
a handful of great songs including a new track called “Paris”. This tells
the story of Gordie and his band
getting attacked and how they ended up in hospital on Bastille
Day in Paris, it does however masquerade as a love
song. This track is soon to be recorded by Faith Hill.
Then the lights dimmed and Keith Urban came on amongst the
wildest and loudest screams I have ever witnessed ay a concert
since the Beatles came around.
under low down lights and behind a black screen in the shadows.
He slowly rose on a stool high above the stage, alone with
his acoustic guitar singing the “These are the days”, which was followed
by the full band joining him with energy. This got the crowd
on its feet and moving to the music.
He then performed
songs such as, “Jeans
On” (for which he had a fan’s Bra hanging on his guitar!),
“You'll Look Good in my Shirt”, “But
for the Grace of God” and his latest single “No End in Sight”.
Keith was natural on stage and took his
time to interact with the audience, to the point where he
even had one of his female fans join him on the stage when
he didn’t understand her placard. The sign read “I love
your diastema, I want to kiss you in front of it”. His diastema happened to be the gap between his teeth and the
fan fulfilled her fantasy amidst the screens of all the
ladies in the house.
He also had
an excellent stage setup with two microphones both stage
left and right practically sitting out in the crowd as well
as his normal centre stage microphone.
His band was truly excellent, with tight timing and a close
focus to follow Keith on any improvisation especially when
the crowd got singing etc...
it was mostly Fender, Keith played his usual bound Telecaster
with 3 pickups, a black Stratocaster and also for some songs
a Gibson Les Paul Junior which sports a lone p90 pickup.
The bass player
had Fender Jazz bass. And also other instruments such as
Acoustic Guitar and Mandolin where used. Keith’s guitarist
mainly used a Gibson Les Paul Classic Goldtop.
All in all a
great concert, with a down to earth performer, who focuses
on his music.