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Keith Urban a definitive country force to be reckoned with

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Country superstar Keith Urban filled the Minneapolis Target Center on Saturday January 11, 2014 and he certainly did not disappoint. Along for the ride were vocal harmony power quartet Little Big Town and new country crooner, Dustin Lynch. About 11,000 fans came out to his ‘Light The Fuse tour which was the third stop on the second leg of the tour.

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Lynch opened the night and is best known for the song ‘Cowboys and Angels’. He took on a cover of Garth Brooks’ ‘Friends in Low Places’ which Lynch told the audience that Minneapolis was the best turnout for his set, and thanked the crowd multiple times for coming out early throughout his performance.

There would be a short intermission, followed by Little Big Town who seemed to have a bit of a sound issue, as Karen Fairchild and Kimberly Schlapman addressed the crowd. It would be a few minutes before sound would return to the mics, so the ladies decided to make funny gestures to the crowd. Once the sound issue was resolved, Schlapman told the audience, ‘Wow I’ve never been double fisted before, I kinda like it!’ To which the crowd cheered and applauded.

LBT performed and sounded well, as they soared through ‘Little White Church’, ‘Self Made’, ‘Front Porch Thing’, ‘Tornado’, and ‘Your Side Of The Bed’.
Fairchild playfully teased the crowd when a few of the familiar notes from their megahit ‘Pontoon’, sounded and promised that they would go motor boatin a little later, as the crowd roared after hearing the intro notes. ‘Boondocks’ followed, which was the song that started it all for the group, and finally ‘Pontoon’ wrapped up their set.

Another brief intermission would follow, and then strangely Keith Urban would walk from behind the stage without dimming the lights, or any introduction. Urban would strum a banjo for a few minutes before he was joined by his fellow band mates. A gray sheet was covering the back of the stage which covered up some big screens that played an important part throughout the night.

Urban thanked the crowd that came out and said that it was good to be back in Minnesota, and that he brought the warmer weather with him. Urban and band performed flawlessly through ‘Long Hot Summer’, Sweet Thing’, ‘Told You So’, and ‘Stupid Boy’. Something that stood out in Urban’s show was when he took a stage light and shined it all around the arena looking at signs appearing absolutely blown away at all of them. People spotlighted appeared behind him on the big screens, as well the main screens. People cheered and roared as their faces popped up on the screen behind Urban. Urban, politely greeted everyone and shouted at them saying hi and how are you up there! Urban’s light would eventually stop on a sign that read ‘I Want Some of Your Home Spun Love’.

He then asked the girl holding the sign, if she wanted to come up on the stage, and she screamed yes. Urban embraced the girl several times, and he asked her where she was from she said ‘St. Paul’. The crowd roared as they heard it. Urban said, ‘I think about 40% of the people liked your answer!’ They then took a selfie together, and Urban asked the crowd to help out. Urban asked the girl if she was comfortable, and then some stage hands brought a large recliner on the stage, and Urban helped seat her, and put her feet up.

He then asked what she wanted him to play from the list of songs on the screen behind him. She selected ‘Where The Blacktop Ends’ and Urban smiled and said ‘This is such an acoustic song!’ and began to play. While playing the song, the girl seemed to get distracted on her phone, while thousands would envy the girl sitting in a chair on stage, being serenaded by Keith Urban. At one point, Urban stopped and said ‘I’m Right Here Baby and smiled, as she put down her phone.

Other notable moments were during ‘Cop Car’ the police lights lighting up the entire stage everything glowed red and blue, and the accompanying graphics, the emotional ‘Without You’ and the video that featured Urban and his wife Nicole Kidman’s wedding and also a video of their daughter playing in the crib, set the mood perfectly.

Urban would then walk off the stage into the crowd heading towards a small stage set up that was in the back of the soundboard; where he performed a medley of songs that included covers of The Who’s ‘Won’t Get Fooled Again’, ‘Fun’s ‘Some Nights’, his own ‘Fly’, ‘Once In A Lifetime’ which was written after a long conversation with his wife. While walking back to the stage, Urban performed Blake Shelton’s ‘Boys Round Here.’

Urban told the crowd ‘You guys are crazy tonight; I’m telling you it’s like New Years Eve!’
He then perform ‘We Were Us’, with Little Big Town’s Karen Fairchild performing Miranda Lambert’s part. Followed by ‘A Little Bit Of Everything’, ‘Who Wouldn’t Wanna Be Me’, and ‘Somebody Like You.’
Urban would then tell the crowd goodnight, and return after a few minutes with several encore songs, which included a solo piano performance of ‘Tonight I Wanna Cry.’

Keith Urban proved once again why he is a superstar, it’s not because he has all the fancy lights or staging, (which he does), it’s not because he has the best band, (which he clearly does), it’s not because he has the best looks, (just ask his female fans about that one) it’s because he makes time for his fans, which is so evident in every performance that the man does. He loves his fans, you could look and see every hand was shaken, smacked; people were hugged, while he was walking around in the audience. Who does that, who makes time for fans like he does? He gives it his all and in return, fans continue to admire and love his person and music. One thing is for sure, if you missed Urban’s show tonight, you missed a real good thing!

Set List

Instrumental
Long Hot Summer
Put You in a Song
Sweet Thing
Stupid Boy
Where the Blacktop Ends
(Fan request)
Somewhere In My Car
You Gonna Fly
(with Little Big Town)
Without You
Cop Car
Good Thing
Kiss a Girl
(with Dustin Lynch)

B-Stage
Won't Get Fooled Again
(The Who cover)
Days Go By
Rumour Has It
(Adele cover) (Snippet, sang by band member Jerry Flowers)
Once in a Lifetime
Better Life
Sooner Or Later
Boys 'Round Here
(Blake Shelton cover) (Snippet)
Some Nights
(fun. cover) (Snippet, sang by band member Danny Rader)

Little Bit of Everything
Even the Stars Fall 4 You
We Were Us
(with Karen Fairchild)
Put You in a Song
Somebody Like You

Encore
But for the Grace of God
(Snippet)
Keep On Loving You
(REO Speedwagon cover) (Snippet)
Tonight I Wanna Cry
Locked Out of Heaven
(Bruno Mars cover) (Snippet, sang by band member Brian Nutter)
You Look Good in My Shirt

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