Keith Urban performed during the first intermission at the NHL Stadium Series hockey game at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia Saturday night. The game was between the Flyers and their cross-state rivals, the Pittsburgh Penguins; a game in which the Flyers won in overtime, 4-3.
After one period with the score tied at one, Urban took the stage, which was a replica of the Philadelphia Art Museum steps, as made famous from the Rocky movie franchise. The first song he performed was “Blue Ain’t Your Color”, a ballad from his 2016 album Ripcord. This song has won numerous awards, including Video of the Year at the 2017 CMT awards and Favorite Country Song at the American Music Awards of the same year.
The cold rain and 40-degree weather did not seem to bother Urban as he took off his jacket and performed the rest of the show in his signature tight, short sleeve v-neck shirt. The lights went down as the next song began playing, his latest single “Never Comin Down” from his most recent studio album, Graffiti U. When the chorus came in, fire shot out from behind him and fireworks went off perfectly to the beat of the music. For fans watching the game on television, this was the song that was broadcasted in full. Urban used “Never Comin Down” as the opening song for nearly all of his shows on the Graffiti U World Tour. His last song of the night was another hit from Ripcord, “Wasted Time”. Thirteen weeks after its release, the song hit number one on the Billboard Country Airplay chart, making it Urban’s twentieth number one single.
Urban is a huge hockey fan as he has attended and performed at many Nashville Predators games in the past. He was very excited to play this year’s Stadium Series and spoke with Tony Luftman from NHL Network about the atmosphere of this game. “That’s the thing I love about seeing the game outside; this is where the game started — on a frozen lake so it’s so awesome. You didn’t start in an arena, so this feels like the most organic way to see this game.”
The Flyers scored two goals within the last three minutes to tie the game at three and to send it to overtime; the second coming with 19 seconds remaining. After many missed opportunities by Pittsburgh in overtime, Flyers’ captain Claude Giroux took it up the ice and scored to give Philadelphia the win. This game was important for both teams as the two rivals currently stand out of the playoff race and look to make a late push in the final month and a half of the season.
Check out this awesome video recap of the game and his performance, posted on Keith Urban’s Twitter account.
Urban told former Flyer and NBCSN analyst, Jeremy Roenick that his wife sparked his love for hockey. He loves how fast and intense the games are, and hopes the Predators, who are currently second in the Central Division, can make another Stanley Cup run this year. As for now, the four-time Grammy award winner will continue the European leg of his Graffiti U World Tour. He will be in the New York area headlining the Hunter Mountain Taste of Country Music Festival Friday show on June 7th while also doing a show in Atlantic City, NJ on August 17th. For tickets, visit his website https://www.keithurban.net.
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