On August 26, Keith Urban set up his critically acclaimed “Get Closer World Tour” in the BancorpSouth Arena in Elvis’ hometown of Tupelo, Mississippi. There were rumors galore about this show, especially from the arena staff. They tweeted and posted on Facebook, saying that if you hadn’t got tickets, you needed to, because this show was going to be something that they had never seen before. I purchased my tickets before Christmas of last year, so I was more than ready to go.
A week or so before the concert, I had found out from Keith Urban’s fan club that I was the winner of 2 tickets to the show. As I mentioned before, I had already purchased tickets, but signed up for these prior to purchasing. Had forgotten all about them until I received the e-mail. Was not aware until I got to the arena that I had won front row seats. Can we say #winning? So, I gave the other pair of tickets to my grandma and my other friend, who came with us.
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After meeting Jake Owen backstage (who is a sweetheart, by the way), my friend and I went to claim our seats. There was a bit of confusion, as the stage was set up differently than it normally is. But, that was all settled soon, and we stood by the stage the entire night to watch the show. Jake took the stage at about 7:30 and performed his hits “Startin’ With Me”, “8 Second Ride”, “Don’t Think I Can’t Love You”, and “Yeehaw!”. He also performed his soon-to-be first #1 song “Barefoot Blue Jean Night”. He threw in some songs from the new album, which was available for purchase that night before the public the following Monday (the 29th).
After a short break, Keith took the stage and played many of his hits including “You Look Good In My Shirt”, “You’ll Think Of Me”, “Making Memories of Us”, “Raining On Sunday”, “Who Wouldn’t Want To Be Me”, “Better Life”, “Stupid Boy”, and his new hit “Long Hot Summer”, among many others. He performed at just about every point in the arena, from front and center stage, to the left and right sides of the stage, to the back of the arena, and up in the second level. And judging by the roars of the crowd, they loved it just as much as he did. He also did a rendition of Little Big Town’s “Boondocks”, which brought the audience to their feet, as if they wasn’t there already. As he escaped backstage to get ready for the next song, a clip of the video played on the video screens to entertain the crowd.
For a grand finale, Keith and Jake performed an amazing rendition of John Mellencamp’s “Jack & Diane” and once again, the audience sung along with every single word. The night was filled with many surprises and Tupelo, Mississippi was left full and satisfied.