Urban begins tour
Friday, May 8, 2009
– Keith Urban returned to the stage on Thursday for the start of his "Escape Together World Tour" for the first of two shows at Mohegan Sun in Uncasville,
"We finally made it back...2009," said Urban, greeting everyone for the
first time, before making his way out through the crowd to a small eight-foot square stage. "You know I'm really nervous tonight," he said. "I almost lost my
voice on the first two songs, but we're getting back on track now."
The stage features two ramps on either side that gives him the ability to walk into the crowd at will, something that he did more then a dozen times. On one occasion, Urban left the made his way through the crowd escorted by securty, and landed 12 rows up in Section 25 of the arena.
Twenty songs, almost half of which were from Urban's catalogue of number ones were played.
"I was freaking out at the beginning of the show, but you guys made it
easier with your love and appreciation," said Urban before his final song.
"It's some hard times out there for a lot of people, so it's especially
gratifying that you chose to come out to see us tonight."
Urban returns to the same stage tonight.
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