There wasn’t a moment of wasted time inside of the sold-out Staples Center as Keith Urban brought the Ripcord World Tour to Los Angeles on Thursday night.
“We made it back to Staples finally and it only took us 5 short years,” Urban joked with the crowd. “I’ve been looking forward to this night since we started this tour.”
The 48-year old Aussie kept the crowd revved up throughout his two hour performance, jumping from old favorites – such as, “Days Gone By” or “You Look Good In My Shirt” – to current hits off of his latest album, “Ripcord.”
One of the most memorable moments happened early in the show when Urban found a fan holding up a sign that read, “I’ll get an A on my midterm if I get to sing with you.” Sure enough, Urban called her up and stage and the two covered The Rolling Stones, “Gimme Shelter.”
There’s even video proof for her professor!
“There’s your A right there!” Urban exclaimed as the two hugged it out after their amusing performance.
The night was truly nothing short of astounding with Urban putting his guitar playing skills on display. He shredded through song after song, leaving concertgoers jaws dropped to the floor. He was even joined on stage by up-and-coming country artists Maren Morris and Brett Eldredge for a few duets.
Urban began his set with “Gone Tomorrow (Here Today)” which is also the lead song off of his new album. From there, he put together the ultimate concert recipe: a scoop of songs that we could sing in our sleep (“Long Hot Summer”), a dash of new songs we’ll eventually know the words to (“The Fighter”), a pinch of his softer side (“Blue Ain’t Your Color”), all mixed in with his avid rocker style (“Where the Blacktop Ends”).
He also brought out another special guest, one that wasn’t on tour with him, for one of the best jam sessions we saw all night. Nile Rodgers, the lead guitarist of the popular 70’s band Chic, came up on stage and played “Sun Don’t Let Me Down,” a new track off of Urban’s “Ripcord.”
Rodgers also had some very remarkable words for Urban, calling him “the nicest gentleman in music that he’s ever met.”
The wondrous night was wrapped up with an encore of “Stupid Boy” and “Raise Em Up,” rounding out 22 songs on the night for the country crooner.
Brett Eldredge wasn’t afraid to show off his dancing skills earlier in the evening, as he glided and spun his way around the stage for his 11-song set. He covered all of his #1 hits including “Beat of the Music,” “Don’t Ya” and his brand new single, “Wanna Be That Song.”
Maren Morris showed why she’s a 5-time CMA nominee, belting out hits from her debut album “Hero,” which included “80’s Mercedes” and “My Church.”
Gone Tomorrow (Here Tomorrow)
Long Hot Summer
Break On Me
Where the Blacktop Ends
Somewhere in My Car
San Antonio Stroll (Tanya Tucker cover)
Blue Ain’t Your Color
Gettin’ In the Way
You Gonna Fly
Days Go By
We Were Us (with Maren Morris)
Sun Don’t Let Me Down
You Look Good In My Shirt
Somebody Like You (with Brett Eldredge)
Deep In the Heart of Texas (Perry Como cover)
Little Bit of Everything
John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16
Raise ‘Em Up