Last Night: Keith Urban At RodeoHouston

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Photos by Groovehouse
Keith Urban
Reliant Stadium
March 8, 2011

Aftermath was all set at 8 p.m. to go to the Rodeo and witness Australian country star Keith Urban perform miracles like the ones we'd been hearing about on the Internet for the past few days. We listened to some country love songs, put on a skirt, and left the house; 20 minutes later, we realized that, in a haze of hairspray and Moscato, we had somehow forgotten our tickets at home.

Fast-forward 40 minutes later and we're arriving at the Urban show almost halfway through his set, which evidently was a bit short.

As soon as we caught our breath from running up the steep Reliant ramps while simultaneously holding our skirt, we were entranced by his charisma and perfectly lined middle part. We couldn't even master that follicle fault-line when we were in fifth grade and had a comb pick.

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Urban's highlighted locks complimented his brown button-up that was strategically unbuttoned to reveal a chest tattoo. He's a looker and clearly had the cowgirls yearning, but he's not just a pretty Aussie boy. He completed a number of impressive guitar solos, all while keeping his hair perfectly parted and working the hell out of the camera.

Before we arrived, according to anonymous Twitter sources, Urban had already played some of his hits, including "Put You In a Song" and "I Wanna Love Somebody Like You." He also covered an old love song called "Always On My Mind" originally performed by Brenda Lee and, later, Elvis, B.B. King, and Willie Nelson.

Many people were filing out early by 9:30 p.m., and unfortunately may have missed the best part of the show. At the end of "Who Wouldn't Wanna Be Me," Urban jumped down from the stage and onto the stadium floor, where he proceeded to circle the entire perimeter, giving everyone on the first row high-fives and possible mild attacks of hysteria.


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NRG Stadium

2 Reliant Park, Houston, TX

Category: Music

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Goldol
Goldol

KEITH URBAN is the GREATEST!!!! He had a lot to do with making country music popular today and also putting Nashville on the map because of his talent and just being a down to earth good person.

Htown$am
Htown$am

I'm pretty sure country was already popular today before Keith Urban showed up. It would also be popular without him. I'm even more certain that Nashville was already "on the map" prior to his arrival.

Joyce
Joyce

What a ridiculous 'review'.... you wrote more about his 'hair part' than about his show! Oh, but I forgot... you MISSED half of the show! What a sad excuse for a review of a fantastic musician and a phenomenal show! perhaps you should at least 'attend' the whole show, or better still 'read' or 'listen' to some real reviews before spouting off such a cynical blathering of nothingness. Try listening to this from your local radio station...http://kilt.radio.com/2011/03/...

Allison Wagoner
Allison Wagoner

Parascoots-You're right about the ambiance being a bit artificial. At one point I could have sworn that there was an accompanying applause track to make the crowd sound louder than they actually were. Also, the place didn't seem as packed as I was expecting it to be. This was not my first Rodeo concert as I went to numerous 90's country shows as a child, but it was my first Keith Urban show. I've seen his interviews and TV performances and his live show was a close parallel. I actually overheard some people asking if he was lipsynching. There's no doubt that he is a very talented guitar player; with contemporary country, though-especially for Urban-I think image and an attention-holding presence are his selling points. That's my 2 cents...I don't have a selling point.

Gsmith
Gsmith

You guys need to hold off your harsh opinion about Keith until you actually see him in an arena type concert where the acoustics are much better than on a stage in the middle of a rodeo arena with the fans a long way from the performing artist. The DJs on one of the stations couldn't say enough about how great the concert was and that Keith Urban puts on the best concert ever. I've seen Keith many times and have never, ever known of him lip-synching. He's more than a pretty face that you are trying to make out. He is an excellent vocalist and musician. Why else would he win Male Vocalist for 3 yrs in a row and an Entertainer of the Year trophy. I think someone missing most of the show should not even be considered a good judge of someone's performance. The DJs said there were over 50,000 in attendence and it seems pretty good for a weeknight! Keith got a better review from other papers than the rest of the performers there the same week as Keith.

judy
judy

You have a selling point your job. And for saying lipsynicking thats a laugh you and parascoots or what ever should comment on someone you no something about. Every keith concert is a fun time and he brings the fans which you are not into the music. There was over 50,000 people there last nite maybe you need glasses. or maybe a new line of work where you no what your talking about.

asdkjgh
asdkjgh

*You have a selling point: your job. *lipsynching *that's*that's a laugh. You...*Parascoots or whatever*know*Keith*is a fun time, and he brings the fans (which you are not) into the music.*There were over 50,000...*night*night. Maybe you need glasses. *Or, maybe a new...*know*you're

SIT DOWN JUDY

Jim
Jim

It hurts to read this. My 7 year old niece has better grammar/spelling skills.

STACY ELLEN
STACY ELLEN

keith urban is the KING of country. his sweet sounding voice with the rock out of the guitar makes any moment AMAZING. noone like him and noone to measure up.

stacy ellen

parascoots
parascoots

Allison - I was at the concert last night as well and (after seeing Keith in concert for the fourth time and twice at HLSR) I wondered if reviewers in the press picked up on some of the same things that I did: a) his set seemed short (which you mentioned) b) he seemed to me to be going through the "pretty boy" motions, which I understand is clearly part of his appeal, but the call & response to the audience seemed so artificial that it detracted from the overall performance to me and c) he left out some of what I would consider to be his go-to hits (Days Go By and You'll Think of Me).

I laughed when I read your line about the "swoon" when he showed off his belt buckle (and more), as my wife had an audible reaction to that moment as well! Otherwise, I wanted to read more of an opinion of the musicality of the event and less about his camera-ready coif. Granted, you missed the opening song, which seemed out of tune, but surely you'd made it by the time his mike was cutting out! Maybe you can follow up with some of your other impressions of the performance, please? Have you ever seen Keith before and, if so, how would you rate this against his other shows?

judy
judy

How could anyone forget thier tickets going to a Keith Urban concert. Not to together are we?? The concert was alot more than you said to bad I SAW IT ALL.

Htown$am
Htown$am

Judy is "on the internet 'cause she's an internet thug."

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