Keith Urban’s Graffiti U World Tour 2018 has initially announced that it will visit an impressive 58. But the country loving fans of Toronto and area really only cared about two of those dates. Friday and Saturday June 29 & 30 Budweiser Stage belong to Urban and his faithful following on the weekend of our nation’s birthday.
Graffiti U World Tour
The Bus was there for the first show Friday night, and oh baby, what a way to kick off the Canada Day long weekend. It seems like every time Keith Urban comes to town, it’s a jam-packed venue full of ready-to-party music lovers. The temperatures in Toronto were approaching some record highs, but as we were to find out, it was only going to get hotter.
Kelsea Ballerini Starts Things Off Right
The show got started with the always amazing Kelsea Ballerini, who delivered a brilliant opening set. Her band started before her arrival, and with a “what’s up Toronto?” she confidently strode onto the stage, waving as she arrived. Wearing a shimmery silver skort and matching high heeled boots, Kelsea returned to Toronto one year after her last visit, and immediately endeared herself to the crowd.
She is simply adorable on stage, smiling continuously and giggling at all the happy faces looking back at her. Her voice is so pure, and we think she was a perfect fit for this tour with Urban.
Starting off with Unapologetically, Kelsea worked her magic with the Budweiser Stage crowd. Full of charisma, she took us through a good 45 minutes of music that included fan favourites Dibs and Love Me Like You Mean It. She started a little sing-a-long on Yeah Boy, which was fun. And on her final song, Peter Pan, Kelsea came down some steps at the front of the stage to deliver an intimate performance to the folks in the GA pit, with some high fives and a lot more smiles. It was a great way to start the night off and Ballerini certainly got things rolling. Now the party was on.
Urban Raises The Heat
Our headliner was up next. Appearing at the rear of the stage on a high riser, Keith Urban immediately brought the intensity to a fever pitch. The man certainly knows how to captivate an audience, and Friday night he held 16,000 fans in the palm of his hand. From beginning to end it was all about showing Toronto the love, and giving us a great time.The female contingent was out in full force for this show, as expected and he didn’t let them or anyone else down with his show.
Sings With Heart And Soul
He sings from the heart, lots of heart. And soul. Urban kicked off with Never Coming Down and we were sure that we never would. The stage set for this tour is amazing. The band is spread out nicely across the stage, but the centerpiece is the 3D video board configuration hanging above the band, that gives you an amazing look at everything that is happening on all parts of the stage.
How do we begin to describe this show? Certainly, the song Long Hot Summer applied on this night as his well crafted and very lengthy 25 song set list, and amazing band rocked the summer night and it was all we could have asked for. Yes, you read right, 25 songs.
Full On Energy, All Night
Keith really lets it all out, and keeps the energy ramped up through the entire show. It’s amazing to experience, as he is such a gifted performer. There were many highlights that we felt make his show such a memorable concert experience. We won’t give them all away and spoil it for those who haven’t seen him yet, but this man really does make a deep connection to his audience.
Touching Our Canadian Hearts
Perhaps one of the most thrilling parts of the show, especially for the fans up on the lawn area at the back of the venue, was Keith making his way up to see them and play a few songs from a stage that was set up on the grass area. Talk about making everyone feel a part of the show! It’s smart moves like that, that separate the good performers from the top level artists. He wished his Canadian fans a Happy Canada Day weekend and draped a Canadian flag around his shoulders. And one very lucky and obviously very excited young lady was summoned up onto that satellite stage and handed his guitar, which he autographed for her. She was beside herself with joy.
We don’t know how he will top this show, as he will do it all over again for a second show Saturday. But we know that Keith Urban always finds a way to consistently bring his “A” game. Fantastic show. Amazing music.