Following a brief holiday break, Keith Urban has resumed his "Light The Fuse" tour. The second night of the 2014 leg pulled into Chicago's United Center on January 10 for an extensive evening of country music. Little Big Town and Dustin Lynch provided support for the show, which began at 7 p.m.
For Keith Urban, the show began simply. He marched onto the stage with banjo in hand, and each of his bandmates subsequently joined in for an introductory instrumental. They quickly transitioned to "Long Hot Summer" when a sequence of five large vertical video screens came to life and formed the backdrop. Urban moved to stage left for "Put You in a Song." His vocals and frequent lead breaks on guitar cleanly reached all facets of the cavernous United Center.
Urban performed a handful of songs from his most recent album, "Fuse." "Somewhere in My Car," "Even the Stars Fall 4 U," "Little Bit of Everything" and "Cop Car" made the setlist. Karen Fairchild of Little Big Town joined Urban to perform Miranda Lambert's role on the duet "We Were Us." Little Big Town also contributed on "You Gonna Fly," while Dustin Lynch returned to the stage to assist on "Kiss a Girl."
Smoke poured over the stage for "Stupid Boy," then Urban addressed the assembled mass and thanked them for making the trek despite the inclement weather. He also thanked the Keith Urban 100 Club--the handful of fans in attendance who have seen Urban perform live at least 100 times.
The lights dimmed and Urban used a small floodlight to single-out fans with signs. He eventually settled on one that noted, "Dance With Me - Bucket List" prompting Urban to invite her to the stage with a rambunctious, "Come up here baby." He danced with her for a moment then had a recliner brought to the stage as he performed "Til Summer Comes Around" on acoustic guitar as she sat in the "best seat in the house." He concluded by saying, "Anyone who's been to our show before knows the rules, there are no rules."
For "Without You" a series of intimate photos of Keith, wife Nicole Kidman and their children were flashed across the video monitors while the crowd sang along. Urban left the main stage around mid-set to perform on a small secondary stage near the rear of the arena. He played portions of The Who's "Won't Get Fooled Again" and Adele's "Rumour Has It" to sandwich "Days Go By."
From the far end of the United Center, Urban stated, "We're going to dedicate this song tonight on behalf of all the guys that are trying to confess their love to their girl, and prove you're a man. I had to do this, I had to prove to my wife I was a man. I wrote a song about it." That led into "Once in a Lifetime." They started "Someday Baby" before Urban traversed the arena floor on his way back to the main stage.
The headline set easily eclipsed two hours, beginning a little before 9 p.m. and continuing well beyond 11 p.m., allowing Urban to play many of his hit singles that span his expansive catalog. Given the number of Billboard #1 Country singles he's amassed, that's no easy task.