Is it a bad thing to walk into a show knowing exactly what you’re going to expect? You know there will be certain songs and you know the artist will most likely walk through the crowd and immerse himself with the unlucky ones who are at the back, but you still go anyways? No, it’s not a bad thing. In fact it’s something I looked forward to every time I’ve seen Keith Urban in concert (which is going on five times now, if we include last night’s).
Some may say he’s become too mainstream and that he’s not country enough but I will agree to disagree. In this day and age it’s more common than not to blend the lines of music and stick to one genre. Keith Urban is a musical genius in all aspects and he knows how to put on an incredible show. If the sold out show at the Molson Canadian Amphitheatre (and yes that’s including a packed lawn) doesn’t clue you into that, I don’t know what will.
Giving the crowd a solid mix of new and old, Urban rocked out from start to finish. Giving everyone an excuse to be be dancing on their feet we got a taste of everything from “Where the Blacktop Ends”, “Somewhere in my Car”, and “A Little Bit of Everything” to his newest smash hits “John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16”, “Wasted Time” and “Blue Ain’t Your Color”. Playing for almost two hours, he used his incredible talent to the best of his ability. And while I enjoy all of his music thoroughly, his newest album “Ripcord” is, I feel anyways, one of his best. So when I heard both of the songs I just mentioned, my night was made. One was a upbeat summer anthem while the other was a smooth sway-to-the-music song, but both were huge crowd-pleasers.
One of his signature moves of going into the crowd wasn’t hindered when the crew told him it was raining. He was determined to get on the tiny stage centered at the back of the venue just to be able to create a little sense of closeness to those on the lawn. Rocking out for three solid songs, him and his band were able to give a more personal experience to those who weren’t so lucky to be under the roof.
I think what I love most about him doing this is related to his love of his fans. He is one of the biggest musicians in the world and yet he still personalizes each and every show with something unique. I don’t know if you’ve seen the video (posted below – obviously), but just a few shows ago in New Hampshire, Keith brought up a stellar fan onstage to “play” his guitar. Well little did Keith know, this guy knew how to rock and they ended up performing an entire song with his fan on his guitar. This show he not only brought up a girl on stage who rocked a unique poster, he also signed and gave away a guitar to a fan in the audience! And this was just day one of two shows in Toronto!
But enough about Keith Urban, what’s a show without great opening acts? Starting off with country cutie Maren Morris, she started off the show with a solid voice and catchy tunes. Just starting to become recognizable on the radio, she sang songs off of her new album Hero and had the distinct duty to start up the crowd before the main acts. While I didn’t know all but two songs, she still managed to rock the crowd with her singing skills. Ending off with her hit “My Church” she definitely set the tone for the rest of the night.
Brett Eldridge was the second person of the night I was most excited to be seeing live. The last time we saw Keith Urban live (a few years ago now), Brett Eldridge was the first opener for Keith Urban. I didn’t really know who he was and while I remember seeing him there, I don’t remember much about his performance. Since then he’s taken over my headphones and the radio with his songs. Performing some of his biggest hits like “Drunk on Your Love”, “Mean to Me” and “Wanna Be That Song”, he was well on his way to amping up the crowd for the rest of the music-filled evening.
With the storm holding off (unfortunately the rain did come, but no thunder and lightning – yay!), a heartfelt proposal (and recognition by Keith) in the pit, and a night full of solid music, this is yet another successful night at a concert with Keith Urban. I look forward to the next time I get to rock out and sing along to one of the best entertainers there are in the business. With one more show to go, I’m sure there will be more stories of fun and love that come out in the next day or two, but I’m just glad I got to experience my “little bit of everything”.
Watch the video here of a fan who got to rock out with Keith Urban in New Hampshire: