The country superstar was ‘Making Memories’ for fans at Borgata
Keith Urban has always been a country superstar with a slightly unexpected vibe. For one thing, he’s from Australia. For another, his prowess on the guitar is much more rock god than country strummer.
And he is fearless.
Several times during his show at Borgata last night (Aug. 25) he walked off the stage and into the crowd, to give fans in the cheap seats a better view. While he does this with an escort of protectors, the standing room crowd surged toward him in a wave that enveloped him. One lady near me burst into tears when he walked by.
That’s another major element of his success – a vulnerability and sex appeal that is as much a part of his persona as his undeniable talent.
His 90-minute set was loaded with his numerous hits like the rockers “Put You In A Song,” “Long Hot Summer,” “Sweet Thing,” (which featured one of his I’m-also-a-rock-star guitar riffs), and “Kiss A Girl.”
During "Kiss A Girl," he brought up three members of the audience to help him sing the chorus, including a gentleman from Ireland. When Urban asked him who is was singing the song to, he said his friend Justin. Urban quipped, “What happens in Atlantic City, stays in Atlantic City.”
Urban's heartfelt love songs have been a major reason that his career has maintained its longevity, from the gorgeous emotionalism of “Making Memories of Us” to the wry regret of “Stupid Boy” and the sensual admiration of “You Look Good in My Shirt.”
Other outstanding songs in his set included “Days Go By,” “I Wanna Love Somebody Like You” and “For You,” a song he dedicated to the military.
Having recently seen the male revue Thunder From Down Under I can report that this Down Under singer has more sex appeal -- and with his clothes on.
WHILE COUNTRY MUSIC is an art form with origins in America's rural landscape and mountain foothills, its reach stretches around the globe. For example, a young man born in New Zealand and raised in Australia had parents who loved American country music. He was weaned on Dolly Parton, Charley Pride, Glen Campbell and Jim Reeves, picking up his first guitar at age seven. Even at that young age Keith Urban knew he wanted to go to Nashville and become a country music star. Explains Urban, "I inherited this ... love for the American dream. I fell in love with the music, the cars and the whole idea of America." Keith Urban's childhood aspirations have been realized. After two successful albums -- his self-titled debut and the multi-platinum Golden Road -- and a fistful of hit songs ("It's a Love Thing," "Your Everything," "Where the Blacktop Ends," "Raining on Sunday," "But for the Grace of God," "Who Wouldn't Want to Be Me"), Urban is well on his way to superstar status. He hits the road this month for his first tour as the headliner. Urban makes his Atlantic City debut at the Taj October 30 in support of his excellent new release,...
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