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Concert Reviews:
Keith Urban gives DTE fans a little bit of everything

@graffonmusic, Facebook.com/Gary Graff on Music

Posted: Monday, August 5, 2013

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INDEPENDENCE TOWNSHIP -- Keith Urban had every reason to be ebullient as he took the stage on Sunday night, Aug. 4, at the DTE Energy Music Theatre.

Just a couple days earlier, the Australian-born country star had been confirmed for his second season as a judge on "American Idol." Then, as he took the stage at DTE, the National Football League announced that Urban will be performing as part of the NFL Kickoff 2013 game on Sept. 5 in Baltimore.

And, of course, there was a near-capacity metro Detroit crowd to entertain.

So urban was in high spirits and fine form on Sunday, celebrating with a hit-filled hour-and-45-minute set that was slick but not so polished that it felt rote or insincere. Rather, Urban and his four-piece band floated through the show with a sense of easygoing comfort and familiarity, showmanship that accented but never superseded the music.

Take the opening segment, for instance; following headliners-in-waiting opening sets by Little Big Town and Dustin Lynch, Urban and company strolled on stage, one at a time, with the houselights still on and ads for future DTE shows still showing on the video screens. A loose instrumental jam broke into "Long Hot Summer," and it wasn't until the song's second verse that the houselights went down (the ads took a bit longer to disappear) and a five-panel video screen little up at the rear of the stage, large and vivid enough that they could probably see Urban's face all the way up in Ortonville.

Urban's other big stunt came roughly mid-show as he, bassist Jerry Flowers and drummer Chris McHugh trekked through the DTE pavilion to a second stage situated near the lawn while the Who's "Won't Get Fooled Again" played over the P.A. The three musicians picked up the song after they arrived, then romped through "Days Gone By," a snippet of Adele's "Rumor Has It" sung by Flowers, "Once in a Lifetime" and "Better Life" before playing their way back to the main stage with "You'll Think Of Me," with a bit of fun.'s "Some Nights" thrown on.

There were plenty of other highlights, including Urban's guitar while bathed in red lights and smoke during the fail-safe "Stupid Boy," renditions of "You Gonna Fly" with Little Big Town and "Kiss a Girl" with Lynch, an extended "Somebody Like" you and two songs from his upcoming album "Fuse," including the gentle "Little Bit of Everything" and the rocker "Even the Stars Fall For You," the latter accompanied by lyrics on the video screen. He also played part of Bruno Mars' "Locked Out of Heaven" while introducing the band members during the encore.

And Urban scored some Detroit points by leading into "Tonight I Wanna Cry" with the first verse of hometown hero Bob Seger's "Against the Wind," declaring "Love you, Bob Seger!" afterwards. But rest assured that the nearly 15,000 at DTE made sure Urban was feeling the most love on Sunday.

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