Yesterday, Keith Urban gave a select few fans and media a sneak peek into this RipCord Tour. With a masking tape outline of the stage and only the bare bones production elements needed to put out the “vibe,” Keith and his band put on a show worthy of accolades he’s sure to earn.
Opening with the banjo infused rock anthem “Gone Tomorrow, Here Today,” Keith took the crowd through a rhythmic journey of love and life. Although we only got a one hour glimpse into the show, Keith explained that the 2+ hour set will include nine songs off RipCord including singles “Wasted Time,” “John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16” and “Break On Me” along with the melodic “Blue Ain’t Your Color,” “Gettin’ in the Way,” “Habit of You,” and “Fighter” which will accompany a video of duet partner Carrie Underwood.
“I hear the rumblings and I ask various people what songs might be good to be back in,” Keith explains how he chooses which of his many many hits to put in the show. “Everything is sort of organic.”
Don’t know all the words to all the songs from Ripcord? No problem. Keith has plenty of favorites recent, old and older to entertain including a reworked “Where the Blacktop Ends,” “Everybody,” “Long Hot Summer” and “We Were Us” which tourmate Maren Morris will accompany on.
As always, Keith promises to entertain the whole audience, setting up a “B” stage in the back to give those in the cheap seats a closer view for a few songs…. And I’m sure he’ll travel off the beaten path to get there, giving all those in the vicinity a chance to cop-a-feel.
Keith explains the tour happened much like the record, organically and rhythm driven, adding, changing and taking away elements that just didn’t seem to fit or feel right. He also gives a lot of credit to his dad.
“That my dad has had an incredible influence on me,” Keith says “and I think that’s become more and more apparent. I didn’t realize how strong the rhythmic influences and DNA that I’ve inherited from him. It’s always been there, but it became more apparent while making this record.”
“This record drove the feel that I was after,” Keith explains he was going for a cinematic experience and feeling he wanted to capture with the set, stage and lighting. “I don’t want the stage to give any sense of what the music should be that goes with that. “
The Ripcord Tour kicks-off June 2nd in Kansas City. Visit KeithUrban.net for all the info.
**Videos courtesy of lucky fans in the front row.”