Review: Keith Urban Entertains With Hit-Packed Nashville Ripcord World Tour Stop
Keith Urban kept the crowd entertained and on their feet during his two-hour show at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena on Friday night (Nov. 11), a stop on his Ripcord World Tour. Delivering an energetic, unforgettable show, the singer proved that elaborate stages and intricate set designs aren't necessary when you have his level of talent. Throughout the night, he seemed intent on making sure that everyone in the crowd was having fun -- but it was clear from the very first note that the person enjoying the show the most was Urban himself.
Following stellar opening performances by Maren Morris -- who recalled how drastically her life has changed since winning the CMA for New Artist of the Year one week prior in the same venue -- and the always-energetic Brett Eldredge, Urban took the stage and ran through an impressive list of hits. The country superstar sang straight through four songs -- "Gone Tomorrow (Here Today)," "Long Hot Summer," "Break on Me" and "Where the Blacktop Ends" -- before addressing the crowd for the first time. After bringing two women from the audience up onstage, one of whom was eight months pregnant, and taking selfies with both of them, Urban promised the crowd that they were in for an unforgettable evening.
"It's about kicking off your shoes, letting everything outside stay outside," he admonished. "It's all about singing and dancing and standing on your chairs and letting everything go."
Urban performed another string of songs, including his No. 1 hit "Somewhere in My Car," then paused to address the veterans in the crowd, who had chosen to celebrate the Veterans Day holiday by attending his show.
"Being able to come out and enjoy nights like this, with no curfews and no crazy things, like so many places have, is a beautiful thing," Urban noted, "and I don't take it for granted."
A performance of "Days Go By" allowed Urban to show off his vocal chops, as he started by singing the song a cappella with two of his band members. For "We Were Us," which Urban recorded with Miranda Lambert for his 2013 record Fuse, Urban invited Morris back to the stage to sing Lambert's part, while he performed "The Fighter" with a virtual version of Carrie Underwood on the big screens.
From a second stage at the back of Bridgestone Arena, Urban faced the audience members in the venue's upper levels and sang "You Look Good in My Shirt;" after playing one of his numerous guitar solos, he removed his guitar, signed it and gave it to a lucky fan. Eldredge joined Urban on that small stage to sing "Someone Like You," and then both men returned to the main stage for "Who Wouldn't Want to Be Me."
As confetti poured over the crowd, Urban closed the night with his recent No. 1 hit "Wasted Time" -- but thankfully, he wasn't quite finished yet, and he had a surprise up his sleeve. The Aussie's encore included an acoustic version of "Hallelujah," in memory of the recently deceased Leonard Cohen, as well as "Stupid Boy" and "Memories of Us," which Urban dedicated to "anybody in love, and to my wife." Then, he brought out Eric Church. To thunderous applause, Church performed his own recent hit "Record Year" (which readers can watch below), and the two stars closed out the night with their duet "Raise 'Em Up."
Urban's North American Ripcord World Tour leg wraps up on Saturday (Nov. 19) in Brooklyn, N.Y. In December, he'll head Down Under with Underwood for several shows, then return to the States to headline the Jack Daniel’s Music City Midnight: New Years Eve in Nashville event with Styx, A Thousand Horses, Charlie Worsham and more. A list of all of Urban's upcoming shows is available on his website.
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