Rip Cord World Tour - Minneapolis, MN
by Jacquelyn Stebbins
Country music fans were hunting for a good time Saturday night, and Keith Urban did not waste anytime getting the party started! From his opening acts, new CMA best new artist winner Maren Morris, to the dreamy "Don't Ya" singer Brett Eldredge. The Target Center was packed and the crowd was on their feet for 4 straight hours of hit after hit.
Getting the crowd warmed up first was Maren Morris. Maren's set ranging from her ballad "I Could Use A Love Song" to her hit song "My Church" was a great start to the evening. Maren, working the stage and showcasing her vocal chops, left no doubt in anyone's mind how she became Best New Artist this year.
Next up was Brett Eldredge, who started off his set with "Lose My Mind". Brett wowed the crowd with hits like "Fire" and charmed the crowd with his bright smile and hit songs like "Drunk On Your Love" which included yellow roses being given out to the crowd. Brett commanded the stage and enticed the crowd with his guitar, shining on his rendition of "At Last". He took some time to talk to the audience about playing in places in Minnesota (he had family in the crowd from St. Cloud), and how much he loved it here. Not wanting his set to end the crowd went wild and sang along to his hit song "Don't Ya" before he left them swooning for more.
Finally it was time for the man of the hour. Keith started with his ganjo in hand in the darkness before a killer light show to "Gone Tomorrow, Here Today" off his latest album Ripcord. From the moment Urban stepped on stage you knew you were in for a treat. Hit after hit, guitar solo after guitar solo Urban left it all on that stage. Urban's guitar solo on "Boy Gets A Truck" electrified the crowd while his voice shined on ballads like "Break On Me".
Keith played a mix of old songs ranging from his very first album to his newest, Ripcord. Even bringing out Maren to perform 'We Were Us' a hit duet Keith and Miranda Lambert had.
Halfway thru his set Urban, his bass player and drummer made their way to a small stage towards the back of the arena where fans in the back got a front row seat. This mini set included some oldies "You Look Good In My Shirt" during which one lucky fan got an autographed guitar, and a Brett Eldredge Duet of "Somebody Like You" before making it back to the main stage.
Always the humble entertainer Urban took time out in the middle of the show to thank the crowd for coming, pulling a birthday girl up on stage or posing for a selfie after some ladies had a "killer" sign that read "We are hunting for a Keith selfie instead of hunting for bucks" is one reason Urban fans will tell you that sets him apart from others. He makes it known he appreciates each and every fan, from the lady in the very front to the guy in the very back.
If Urban's main set wasn't enough of a musical treat the packed arena was treated to an acoustic solo encore performance of "Stupid Boy" followed by the heartwarming love song "Making Memories of Us". Ending the show before taking a final bow with "Raise em up".
Urban remarked at how much he loves playing in Minnesota. From the looks and sound of it, Mr. Urban Minnesota loves you too.