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Keith Urban played for more than 10,000 fans on Friday at CenturyLink Center Omaha.


Keith Urban delights thousands during tour kickoff in Omaha
By Kevin Coffey / World-Herald staff writer


If Friday night's show is any indication, people are going to want to catch the rest of Keith Urban's tour.

The show at CenturyLink Center Omaha was the first in Urban's “Light the Fuse” tour and about 10,500 people came to see him kick it off with his long locks, country rock, good looks and even better guitar chops.

Setlist

• Long Hot Summer
• Sweet Thing
• I Told You So
• Stupid Boy
• Even the Stars Fall 4 U
• You Gonna Fly (with Little Big Town)
• Cop Car
• Without You (Keith Urban solo)
• Good Thing
• Kiss a Girl (with Dustin Lynch)
• Medley: Won't Get Fooled Again (The Who)-Days Go By-Rumour Has It (Adele)-Once in a Lifetime
• Medley: You Gonna Fly-Boys 'Round Here (Blake Shelton)-Some Nights (fun.)
• We Were Us (with Karen Fairchild)
• Little Bit of Everything
• Who Wouldn't Wanna Be Me
• Somebody Like You
ENCORE
• Medley: But For the Grace of God-Keep On Loving You (REO Speedwagon)-Tonight I Wanna Cry (Keith Urban solo
• Medley: Locked Out of Heaven (Bruno Mars)-You Look Good in My Shirt

It's incredibly difficult to find anything wrong with Urban unless you're simply not a fan of catchy songs, attractive people, amazing guitar players or infectious smiles. From top to bottom, Urban's show was pretty much perfect.

With his smooth and powerful voice, Urban is a great country singer, but he'd make an excellent lead guitarist in anyone's band if he couldn't sing. Take all of his skills together, and he's the best entertainer in country music.

At 8:53 p.m., the Australian country star unceremoniously walked onstage with a banjo and began picking while his band joined him. Over the next 120 minutes, Urban played 13 different different instruments (11 different guitars, the banjo and a piano), performed on three separate stages and played 18 songs.

Early in the set, Urban addressed the audience and set the tone for the rest of the night.

“This is the first night tonight of our arena tour, by the way. Just for those who don't know, who haven't seen us before, there are some artists who like when the audience is quiet, polite, seated, cordial, responsible,” Urban said. “If you wanna dance and sing and completely annoy the people behind you with your big signs, this is the concert to do that.”

Through the next two hours, Urban kept them on their feet whether they were dancing or waving their arms. He began with rocking hits including “Long Hot Summer” and “Sweet Thing” and then moved on to songs from his new album, “Fuse,” such as “Even the Stars Fall 4 U.”

Throughout the set, Urban was a delight to fans. He invited three young women and their mother onstage for a photo, high-fived every extended hand and posed for a photo with anyone who had a camera ready.

He signed one of his many guitars and handed it to a fan, and stayed onstage after the show to shake hands and sign hats, posters and pieces of paper.

Midway through the set, Urban left the stage with two of his four band members to decamp to a small stage at the very rear of the arena where the trio played a medley of The Who's “Won't Get Fooled Again,” “Days Go By,” Adele's “Rumour Has It” and “Once in a Lifetime.”

It was an action-packed set, and at several points, Urban was joined by openers Little Big Town and Dustin Lynch. The entire Little Big Town quartet took the stage during “You Gonna Fly” to harmonize with the country star. Later, the band's Karen Fairchild dueted with Urban on his new single, “Fuse.” Lynch took a verse during “Kiss a Girl.”

Often joined by his skilled band members, Urban also played a few songs all alone. He strummed a guitar and sang “Without You” all by himself, which gave the heartfelt tune even more weight. During the encore, the singer sat behind a piano and played a medley of “But for the Grace of God,” REO Speedwagon's “Keep On Loving You” and “Tonight I Wanna Cry.”

To finish out the show, Urban once again walked into the audience, this time singing his most fun song, “You Look Good in My Shirt.” He stood on a small stage situated in the middle of the arena's lower bowl while fans cheered him on.

“You guys were incredible. Thank you so much, Omaha,” Urban said. “God bless every one of you. Thank you so much for being so good to us. We love you.”

Contact the writer: Kevin Coffey

kevin.coffey@owh.com    |   402-444-1557    |  

Kevin covers music, whether it's pop, indie or punk, through artist interviews, reviews and trend stories. He also occasionally covers other entertainment, including video games and comic books.

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