In resumption of residency at Caesars, Keith Urban lets his guitar speak the loudest

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Keith Urban performs during his “Keith Urban Live – Las Vegas” show at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace. (Courtesy of Caesars Palace / Andy Snyder)

Multi-Grammy Award winner Keith Urban isn’t much shy in front of an audience, engaging a packed house throughout Friday night with all kinds of fuss as his “Keith Urban Live – Las Vegas” residency resumed at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace.

But once the show was over, it was Urban’s music – and more particularly his guitar – that got people talking.

“For me, from the age of 6, the guitar was a voice for saying things that I couldn’t verbally. Urban wrote in a recent post on his Facebook page. “I was a shy child and a bit of an islander. The guitar and I have become very good friends. He followed me everywhere! And as I learned to play, my life got bigger and more colorful.

Boy has he learned to play.

From crisp riffs to full-fledged solos, Urban’s mastery of the instrument was on display on Friday for the full hour and 40 minutes he was on stage, particularly on his renditions of “God Whispered Your Name” from his last. studio album, “The Speed ​​of Now”. , Part I “,” Take Me Home “, her hit with Pink and her Grammy” Til Summer Comes Around “.

The evening also featured Urban’s very first live performance of “Better Than I Am,” a song he wrote six years ago but which was not recorded on an album until “The Speed. Of Now “. The moving tune, supported by a soothing piano, gave way to a long guitar solo that provided one of the “wow” moments of the night.

Friday’s concert wasn’t just a feast for the ears, it was a festival for the eyes. The backdrop to the stage was an ever-changing spectacle of graphic designs, videos, lights, and cameo appearances on songs.

During “Take Me Home”, a giant rose joined the duo via the video wonders. Julia Michaels in “Coming Home” and Carrie Underwood in the megahit “What If I Fall” have made similar appearances.

A proper description of the technological feat may leave the impression that the effect might have fallen flat, but in these cases, it only added to the night.

Overall, the takeover of Urban’s residence – his 2020 stint at Caesars was cut short by the onset of the coronavirus pandemic – was a welcome and resounding return to the Colosseum stage.

– “Keith Urban Live – Las Vegas” continues at 8pm today, Friday and Saturday at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace. For more ticket information, go online at caesars.com/caesars-palace/shows/keith-urban.

Setlist

“You will fly”

“Superman”

“Coming Home” (with Julia Michaels)

“Wild Hearts”

“Somewhere in my car”

“God whispered your name”

“Never go down”

“Take me home” (with rose)

“A little bit of everything”

“Where does the Blacktop end”

” Better than me “

“Cop car”

“Days pass”

“Sweet Dreams” (Annie Lennox cover) *

“Before leaving” (cover by Lewis Capaldi) *

“John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16”

“Someone like You”

“Until summer comes”

“Blue is not your color”

“What if I fell” (with Carrie Underwood)

“Wasted time”

* Interpreted by members of the backup group

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