Keith Urban starts his UK tour at the Hammersmith Eventim Apollo – South London News

Keith Urban brought country flair to Hammersmith’s Eventim Apollo for the first of two nights at the iconic venue, writes Adam Davidson.

The Australian country singer, married to Nicole Kidman, has racked up an incredible 20 No1 in the US country charts and has collaborated with some of the biggest names in the industry including Pink, Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran.

Keith Urban brought his UK tour to a sold-out Hammersmith Apollo and the excitement in the area was palpable as queues of fans, some of which wearing cowboy hats, snaked around the block, ready to see the country megastar perform in the UK for the first time since 2019.

Before Keith and his band took to the stage, London Calling by The Clash played over the speakers to build the anticipation further.

The Australian opened with Days Go By and his hit single Wild Hearts, before spending a few minutes acknowledging the fans.

It was clear to see why the Australian is such a popular character as he had a charming and endearing way of getting the audience involved, including reading out messages from banners which some people had brought to the concert.

One message said Can I sing The Fighter with you?

The message came from a Danish school teacher and Keith brought her on stage to sing a snippet of his duet with Carrie Underwood.

Despite being a huge name in the US, Keith Urban has only ever had one single in the Top 40 UK charts, his collaboration with Pink on One Too Many.

When performing this song, images of Pink appeared on screens on either side of the stage to sing her verses which brought a big cheer from the crowd. Towards the end of the song, Keith jumped into the crowd to get closer to the action.

He then proceeded to cover Adele’s Easy on Me on a makeshift stage in the crowd.

It was an aspect of the show that worked to a certain extent, especially for those standing but it felt disjointed from the rest of the high-octane performance leading up to that point.

He then went on to sing the 2002 hit Somebody Like You, interjected with a guilty pleasure of his The Tokens’ The Lion Sleeps Tonight.

He wanted to see how the audience would react and what they’d sing along to, it was a bit of fun but also reinforced the masterful crowd control that the artist had throughout the performance.

The Australian country singer admitted that he didn’t know what to expect before the concert but said the London crowd raised the energy to another level with a great atmosphere and fans singing along to every word.

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