Urban: Livin’ Right Now
Peden, CSO Staff Journalist
many times have you done it? You buy a concert DVD, only to become
disappointed when the performance doesn’t revisit the CD
experience. No such disappointment with Keith Urban’s latest
offering. It’s a two-hour concert experience filmed last year
over two nights at Los Angles’ Wiltern Theater. And it rocks.
Right Now turns an aural and visual assault cramming 18 tunes,
including his six #1 American hits, into a two-hour armchair
captivity. Once this Aussie, who now lives in Nashville, plugs in
and darts a smile, you don’t want to miss a chord. It’s easy
to see how Urban can mesmerise: the cheeky grin, the designer
stubble, the faded jeans and T-shirt, all wrapped in the devilish
charm of a long-haired guy with a guitar.
and charisma aside, Urban packs more than just good-looks into his
performance arsenal. He can play. When he straps on his guitar, it
becomes an extension of him. It locks into his every movement. He
caresses, he cajoles, he flits and he flings, and he even at times
has a stranglehold on his six-stringed source of fame and sales.
there’s no myth when it comes to Urban. His popularity -- proven
by a tonne of awards, sold out tours, and sales of over 5
million--has been because of dedicated hard work. Inspired by Dire
Straits leader Mark Knopfler, and the definitive style of
Fleetwood Mac guitarist Lindsey Buckingham, Urban has been on a
dedicated path since he picked up his first guitar at age six at
home in Caboolture, Queensland, Australia.
forward to 1992. Though successful in a land down under, the
constant touring, the struggles for radio recognition and music
survival, and a long-held wish to set up home in the most
celebrated country music market on earth, had Urban heading for
Nashville. He played the sessions, honkytonks, and did the
obligatory tip jar gigs, set up contacts, and eventually secured a
record deal after years of isolation and rejection. Now fully
settled, Urban is sizzling. So a DVD capturing the talent had to
be in the plans. Now it’s here.
fans are going to spin out on Urban in concert. From the moment he
takes to the stage, shadowed by his amplifier stack, he flirts,
darts and weaves, pounding his concert with tunes mouthed back in
sync by the mainly female audience. That’s not to say guys won’t
like this DVD. They will. The music, all hits and some that should
have been, has broad appeal. And any wannabee guitar slinger who
sees themself on stage could learn a lot about style and audience
involvement from Urban.
involvement becomes a highlight of the DVD, and a credit to the
directorial skill of Jim Cable, when Urban, dripping sweat,
decides to take off into the audience. Four cameras capture Urban,
miked and mobile, as he weaves his way through the auditorium. It’s
this fan connection and his onstage humility –- “Thanks to
many of you who have travelled a long way to be here tonight, we
really appreciate it”—that leaves you thinking this is one
genuine, unaffected guy.
DVD works on many levels. The main one, besides the virtuoso
playing of Urban, is that he and his band of tight and seasoned
players are having fun. It shows. Whether it be Urban on his back
on the stage floor trading riffs with the band, or running the
gauntlet of fans throughout the theater, the energy and the
playing come glued by laughter, smiles, and the shared
satisfaction of loving what you do. Again, it shows.
with a selective photo gallery, bonus tracks and sound check
footage all filmed in high definition and with 5.1 Surround Sound,
Livin’ Right Now delivers on its promised title.
the end of this show, one that rolls through the good, better and
best of Urban’s career, you’re left, like the performer,
satisfied and pleased you came.
The DVD Now!
- Official Website
Urban - Be Here -
Urban In The Ranch - Re-release
Right Now song list:
1: These Are The Days (Intro)
2: Days Go By
3: Better Life
4: Raining On Sunday
5: You Won
6: You’re My Better Half
7: Black Top
8: Grace Of God
9: The Hard Way
10: Making Memories Of Us
11: Jeans On
12: You’ll Think Of Me
13: She’s Gotta Be
14: You Look Good In My Shirt
15: Free Fallin’
16: Somebody Like You
17: Tonight I Wanna Cry
18: Who Wouldn’t Wanna Be Me
19: These Are The Days
Audio Track: “Most People I Know (Think That I’m Crazy)
“You’re Not Alone Tonight”
“Don’t Shut Me Out”
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Keith Urban is one Fantastic Entertainer. We can see why he was voted "Entertainer of the Year"! From the minute you put this DVD on, you won't want it to end. He has such energy, passion, and builds a strong relationship with the audience. His guitar playing is phenomenal! You will be pleased with this DVD and the talent of Keith and his band members. I can't pick a favorite, as he brings something different to each song. This DVD is a must have for any Keith Urban fan!
~ Cathy W. from NJ
Keith Urban has it all - in spades! He's one of the top axe-men out there today, his golden tenor expresses every emotion in every song, his songwriting appeals to a broad audience with simple but profound themes, and it's all wrapped up in super-sexy package. The "Livin' Right Now" DVD is the perfect example of an artist in top form, but watching it only convinces you further that this is just the beginning for the 2005 CMA Entertainer of the Year. The musical styles on the DVD run the gamut from fun hillbilly twangers to soaring rock anthems, and everything in between. Through it all you will find a guy who doesn't take himself all that seriously. If he did, he wouldn't be nearly as fun to watch. Everything he expresses in every song is straight from his heart. From the simmering bitterness of "You'll Think of Me", to the heartfelt honesty of "Tonight I Wanna Cry", to the unabashed joy of "Who Wouldn't Wanna Be Me," nothing about Keith Urban is artificial. His interaction with the crowd is a continuous cycle of pushing each other toward higher levels of excitement throughout the show. When he takes time to chat with the fans between songs, you can feel his sincerity and his gratitude that they are there to enjoy the music WITH him. And enjoy it he does. He has been quoted as saying how much he lives and breathes playing live, and that is exactly what you see on this DVD. Those who have seen him play live can attest to an even greater sense of that.
This DVD is worth the $14.99 at your local discount retailer. It is worth TWICE that
amount. Buy it, even if you're not sure you'll like it, and I guarantee you'll like it more than you thought you did. And if you don't want to keep it, it makes an inexpensive Christmas gift! But you WILL want to keep it, and watch it over and over!
~Heather K., Lynchburg, VA
Did I like this CD?
No I LOVED THIS CD. He is the best entertainer I have ever seen in country music,
history in the making should be the new title to his next CD. The energy is seductive and sexy .The more he gets into the better I feel. Call it
therapy... He makes you want to sing, dance and cry but mostly smile. Please tell him how loved he
is and never stop!
~ Happy in Ohio xoxoxo Debi
Fantastic, seems I was there with him while performing.
Very lively honest concert. Can't help playing it over and over again especially the YOU WON episode and Free
Fallin, don't get me wrong all of his songs are fantastically sung
beautifully, especially all his #1. Good job Keith, hooray!
If you don't own
it get up right now and go buy it. The guitar solos are amazing,
the way he makes love to the music definitely proves music is first
and only true love. "Raining on Sunday" is one song that
shows it all the way!!!!
~ Petra - Roswell, Ga.
I so so so love this DVD. I am a 66 year old female and I think Keith is the best thing since Elvis. The energy and talent by Keith and his band members is spectacular and boy are they having fun.
Keith is so high energetic singer and musician. His DVD is
fantastic. No one on earth can be in his position or equal
his talent. He is the best, fantastic. Go Keith!
This DVD is outstanding!!! I can’t get enough of it!! I purchased the DVD the day it came out and have watched it just about every day since. Keith has a way that just mesmerizes you! You are totally under his spell the minute he hits the first note! He and his band are perfect together. I admit Keith is a hot looking guy, but oh my, when he sings and plays that guitar you forget his looks and realize what an outstanding entertainer and musician he is.
I highly recommend this DVD!! The best money I’ve spent in a while.
I think the new Keith Urban album is nothing less than amazing I LOVE HIM he is talented deep and
absolutely beautiful I AM HIS BIGGEST FAN!!!!! Keep up the great work Keith a fan always and forever!!! XOXOXOXOX
~ Ashley C. - Shelby, NC