Keith Urban Pop-Up Show Plays To 10,000 Nashville Fans
May 9, 2016 at 1:12 PM (PT)
An estimated 10,000 fans packed downtown NASHVILLE at high noon TODAY (5/9) for a one-hour pop-up show starring CAPITOL NASHVILLE's KEITH URBAN. It was the second of three shows URBAN announced just last week (NET NEWS 5/2), and part of a cross-country release promotion for his new “Ripcord” album, which dropped on FRIDAY (5/6). Urban started with a show at STAGE 48 in NEW YORK CITY last WEDNESDAY (5/4) and travels to LOS ANGELES TOMORROW (5/10) for “KEITH URBAN, ‘INSIDE THE SONGS OF RIPCORD’” at the GRAMMY MUSEUM’s CLIVE DAVIS THEATRE.
NASHVILLE fans began camping out on the plaza of BRIDGESTONE ARENA SUNDAY (5/8) afternoon; by this morning, 5th Avenue and Broadway were closed to traffic, with the exception of numerous food trucks. During his one-hour set, URBAN was especially happy to see the grilled-cheese food truck nearby. He opened the show with the first cut off “Ripcord,” “Gone Tomorrow, Here Today,” and closed with his current single, “Wasted Time.” In between, URBAN mixed familiar hits with three other new songs, along the way reading some of the many signs held up by fans and inviting a young lady named AMBER up to the stage to celebrate her 20th birthday.
As is usually the case with a live URBAN show, guitar jams ensued, with URBAN ad-libbing a confident nod to the NASHVILLE PREDATORS, who play a critical NHL playoff Game Six versus the SAN JOSE SHARKS at BRIDGESTONE later TONIGHT. At another point in the song, URBAN expressed the hope he hadn’t jinxed the hometown team. During an extended version of “Long Hot Summer,” URBAN and the band briefly wandered into an abbreviated sample of a POLICE song.