Country superstar Keith Urban brought his Raise ‘Em Up tour to St. Louis Friday in support of his new album, 2013’s “Fuse”, and brought with him a rock show.
It’s no secret that Urban can play guitar, very well, and he did nothing to hide that fact either. With a set that was guitar heavy and riff driven there was nary a time when the audience could get a chance to sit down. And that is a good thing.
Urban came out to “Love’s Poster Child” draped in a sea of deep red lights (cool visual for the fans, terrible nightmare for photographers) Urban set the stage for an artistic showcase that would dazzle the fans senses on multiple levels.
Flanked by 2 large, expandable video screens and 2 huge banks of multifunctional lights Urban ran through a lively set that had many highlights. But the American Idol judge didn’t just play and keep to himself. He interacted with the crowd on a personal level, even bringing one lucky fan onstage to fulfill a sign request for a hug.
While several artists these days use a small satellite stage near the back of the fixed seats Urban went one further by putting his satellite stage deep in the lawn. He performed 3 songs there (“Days Go By”, “Without You” and “You Look Good in My Shirt”) and signed his Gibson Les Paul guitar and handed it to a fan.
Casually making his way back to the stage, greeting nearly every fan he could on his way, he jammed some more onstage before hitting into “Cop Car”.
Urban is holding a contest and picking entrants to sing a duet with him at each show. The winner for the St. Louis show was Brittany Bradford who did a very nice job singing “We Were Us” with Urban.
Urban played a full 2-hour show and throughout the night the band was tight and the solos were abundant. His guitar style is not flashy and over the top but rather just enough to grab your attention and not let go, and by the end of the night make you feel humbled for any gains you may have made on Guitar Hero.
Jerrod Niemann played a nice set in support, working the crowd like a veteran, and talking about the city’s beloved baseball Cardinals. His 10 song set was strong and even threw in a nice cover of Johnny Cash’s “Ring of Fire”. During “Donkey” his banjo player donned a giant donkey head and played with it on his head. (Too bad that wasn’t one of the first 2 songs so it could have been photographed).
Niemann ended his set with the amped up “Drink to That All Night”.
Brett Eldredge opened the show with a pleasant short set of his own.
Keith Urban Setlist:
Love’s Poster Child
Somewhere In My Car
Only You Can Love Me This Way
Long Hot Summer
Even the Stars Fall 4 U
We Were Us
Kiss a Girl
I Told You So
Who Wouldn’t Wanna Be Me
Little Bit of Everything
Something Like That (Tim McGraw cover, with Brett Eldredge and Jerrod Niemann)
Days Go By (Satellite stage)
Without You (satellite stage)
You Look Good in My Shirt (satellite stage)
You Gonna Fly
Put You in a Song
Making Memories of Us
Raise ‘Em Up
Somebody Like You