This past Friday, I finally got to
live out a dying wish see Keith Urban in real life. A few years ago, I had tickets to go see Keith in Calgary and in a critical error, I sold the tickets after I didn’t I would be able to make it to the concert ( also known as the day I went insane). So this time when he came to town, I was going no matter what. My concert loving friend, Crystal was more than onboard to come with. Urban fans stick together you see.
I didn’t leave the house until mid afternoon to head to Calgary… but not before I locked my keys in the house. It was one of those slow motion moments when everything in your head screams “NOOOOOOO!!!!” but you do it anyways. After averting that crisis, I spent the new couple hours rocking out in the car to Keith, singing my heart out to the truck in front of me. I picked up Crystal in Calgary since she had the Pink concert the night before. 5 minutes away from the Saddledome, Crystal announced she didn’t have her ticket. We had to laugh. Now remember this, because I didn’t know this, but hotels have computers w/ printers that will let you print tickets in emergency moments. Nothing like a little panic to keep the day interesting.
The opening acts were Brett Elderdge and Little Big Town. I’m becoming quite the fan of LBT, their songs Tornado, Your side of the bed and of course Motorboat have a way of growing on you.
Half of the crowd didn’t notice as Keith walked on stage while the house lights were on. It was only when he picked up the banjo and started playing that everyone realized it was him. Humbling to see an act come on stage without the big fireworks and large production. The opening song was Long Hot Summer. We had read online that “Cop Car” wasn’t part of the set list, so when the first few cords played, we were ecstatic ( listen to it immediately!! It just sounds like summer drives on gravel roads). Taking a break from singing, Keith brought up a girl from the crowd and had her pick a song from a list that he would to sing to her. The song " Making Memories" was on the list. I think I forgot to breathe for a minute . I have a pretty serious connection to this song. She picked " Come back to me" instead.
Mid way through the concert, Keith made his way through the crowd , high fiving my twitter friend ,Danielle on the way ( JEALOUS!!) and to a stage at the back of the floor. He explained how Nicole had been worried to marry him so he wrote " Once in a Lifetime " for her. We also got to see images of their wedding day as " Without you" played. The crowd cheered when she showed up on the screen and I teared up (I know, such a smuck). He also played " Stupid Boy" which I noticed caused water works in the crowd (again, including me).
After a total of two and a half hours of straight performance, we had heard " We were us", " A little bit of Everything" and even a rendition of Adele's " Rolling in the Deep".
Say what you will about Urban; too pop, not really country, but can he ever put on a show. Music has this way to get you to connect to emotions in a way that nothing else can. I have a lot of ties to Keith's music and a lot of important memories that go along with songs and it was such an amazing moment to finally get to see it all live.
** I posted a couple of videos on my Instagram, although they really don't do the experience justice**