I was just looking at my google stalk-a-lytics, and I saw that I got some hits for people looking for keith urban info. And so I feel compelled to share my concert experience so the next people looking for keith urban info won’t have to go away disappointed.
First off, my review is extremely biased because, well, I’m not really a fan of country music. I guess Mr. Kidman isn’t truly a country artist, as many of his songs have made their way onto my stations. And I don’t listen to country stations. I have to admit, I usually change the station when I hear one of his songs start. (Sorry, Keith.)
But the Keith Urban show (and it was a SHOW!) has made it up into the top 3 concerts I have ever been to. In order to make it into my list of greats, a concert has to be an experience that you can’t get by just listening to a greatest hits album. (Which we did on our 5 hour drive to the concert.) It has to be immersing and mesmerizing and intoxicating and fun. Who else goes in my list? MCR and Barenaked Ladies. While Barenaked ladies aren’t as high-energy as MCR or Mr. Urban, their live show includes songs they make up on the spot. And who can pass up an opportunity to listen in on a jam session like that?
But anyway, back to the show. At first, I was caught up in trying to figure out who Keith Urban reminded me of. Bon Jovi and Adam Sandler were the first two thoughts I had. I was shocked that my brain came up with Adam Sandler – until I realized that Keith kinda looks like Adam Sandler with Bon Jovi hair (Recent Bon Jovi hair, not 80s hair). And a toothy smile eerily similar to the last Mr. Kidman’s famous grin.
But who did he sound like? My brain wouldn’t let it go – until almost the end of the show when I came up with Tom Petty. If Mr. Petty had snorted a little coke instead of takin’ all those tokes, he mighta been the frantically energetic fireball that is Keith Urban. I haven’t yet done an in-depth listening analysis to figure out why find their voices similar – because I think they both have very distinctive voices – but I imagine that they share a quality that caused my brain to lump them together. Perhaps they both border on nasally without going into annoying? But that’s an exercise for another day.
The Keith Urban Show is nothing like his greatest hits album. He was beyond excited, he was running around the stage, he was showing off his guitar skills, he was running up and down the catwalk touching all the fan-hands he could, and he was SWEATING. And I mean sweating. There wasn’t a dry bit of t-shirt left by the time he was done with his show. Nor a dry bit of hair.
The energy of the crowd was just amazing. I was in a room full of people who would gladly take a bullet for Keith. They were so excited to see him – many had even brought gifts for baby Kidman (who Keith confirmed was really on his/her way – according to the tabloids Nicole has had about 16 pregnancies during her relationship with Keith, so I’ve long stopped believing them. I mean seriously, if you are a size 2 and eat a cheeseburger and fries and then stand funny, of COURSE you’ll look like you got a baby bump.)
So, Keith, I got to hand it to you. You are a rock star. You put on a show that would likely have made my #1 spot if I knew any of your songs … And from now on, I think I might just listen to your songs when they invade my station.