Keith Urban Returns to Brooklyn for ‘Graffiti U’ Tour
As the ‘Graffiti U’ tour comes to an end, New Yorkers were once again lucky enough to have 4-time Grammy award winner, Keith Urban, return to Brooklyn at the Barclays Center this past Saturday, October 27. This time around he shared the stage with one of his biggest fans and country-pop princess, Kelsea Ballerini.
Kicking off the night Ballerini, opened the show with the title track from her sophomore album, “Unapologetically.” This was only the beginning of her 45-minute set featuring all her hit singles over the years, along with some fan favorites. One of her jobs of the night was to get everyone warmed up for Urban and that is exactly what she did. Before singing her hit song “Legends,” she spoke to the crowd telling everyone, “You know I put this next song out around this time last year and just to see the way you let it into your hearts, your lives, and your radios, it’s really changed the entire meaning of the song for me. Since I wrote it a couple of years ago, I learned that the word legend can mean a lot of different things to a lot of different people but tonight I just want to dedicate this song to you, for changing my life in such a beautiful way, you’re the legends!” As she belted out the lyrics with everything she had, the crowd softly sang along, showing how meaningful this song really is to her.
As the night went on, Ballerini mentioned to the crowd, “You know I got to play New York quite a few times but this is the biggest room I ever got to play in New York! So thank you, Mr. Urban! So I’m very, very excited to be here tonight!” Throughout her set, Ballerini sang her singles, “Love Me Like You Mean It”, “Dibs”, “Yeah Boy”, “I Hate Love Songs”, and her newest single, “Miss Me More.”
That wasn’t all for the country-pop singer, she covered one of her favorite songs to ever be written, “Landslide” by Fleetwood Mac, performing a beautiful rendition of the song, which is also featured on her new deluxe version of her latest album. Though EDM-Pop duo The Chainsmokers were not there to join her on stage, she performed their duet “This Feeling” for the Brooklyn crowd. As her set was coming to an end, she closed it out with the audience singing along to her hit song, “Peter Pan.”
Next up was the headliner himself, Keith Urban. As he took his rightful spot in the middle of the stage, the crowd went wild, while he went straight into playing his songs, “Never Comin Down,” his number 1 hits, “Days Go By” and “Coming Home” which features singer-songwriter, Julia Michaels. After getting the night started, he said to the crowd, “We made it back! Are you guys doing good tonight? Amazing! Three songs in and you guys are singing at the top of your lungs, this is going to be a good night tonight!”
If you have ever experienced a Keith Urban show, you know he loves interacting with the crowd as much as possible and Saturday night was no exception. Before the night went any further, Urban took the time to read everyone’s signs in the crowd, even those at the very top of the arena with the help of his binoculars and a spotlight. During this part of the show he also brings up a lucky fan to the stage and this time it was a girl named Emily, who had the honor of singing part of “Stupid Boy” with him. (Check out our exclusive video from the special moment here) Before continuing his set, he mentioned, “Brooklyn we are in for a long night tonight, heads up! If you want to sing and dance and stand on chairs and completely annoy the people around you this is your night to do it! Be free and have a good time!” This is exactly what everyone did as he performed a two and a half hour set of his hits and fan favorites.
Throughout his set he performed his songs, “Female,” “Blue Ain’t Your Color,“ “Long Hot Summer,” “John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16,” “Somebody Like You” and “Gone Tomorrow (Here Today).” Urban, never misses a beat with his performances, all while showing off his incredible guitar solos. That wasn’t all for country superstar, his show was packed with girl power, singing his hits, “Drop Top” featuring Kassi Ashton and “The Fighter” featuring Carrie Underwood. Ballerini also returned to the stage to sing Urban’s duet “We Were Us,” (Check out our exclusive video here) and if that wasn’t enough he brought out an American roots rock band from Atlanta, Georgia called Larkin Poe. Before bringing the duo out, he introduced the two sisters, Megan and Rebecca Lovell to the audience, mentioning actor Russell Crowe told him to check them out. They shared the stage with Urban for two songs, showcasing their powerful vocals as well as their incredible mandolin and slide electric playing. At one point, Megan, on slide electric went head to head with Urban on the guitar, turning it into an epic jam session.
As the night was coming to an end, Urban went through the crowd giving everyone hugs and high fives while making his way to his second stage to perform for the back of the arena. Following the tradition of his shows, Urban gave one lucky fan in the crowd the guitar right off his back, before making his way back to the main stage. He finished off his set with his hit “Wasted Time.” But that wasn’t the end, Urban performed a two-song encore saying, “Brooklyn you still here? Dang, so you don’t want to go home? Ok firstly thank you so much for still being here, I appreciate that, more than you know…It takes a lot to get here so every single one of you I wanna say thank you for choosing to come and see the concert tonight!” He ended the night with his third single off his very first number one record, “But For The Grace Of God” and “Horses”. At the end thanking the crowd for coming out once again, leaving everyone wanting more.
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