Karol and I have seen Keith Urban perform 4 times. Our very first date was to a Keith Urban concert. We would ride around in my car with the sun roof open singing Keith Urban songs together even before we were a couple. "Our" song was Love Somebody Like You by Keith Urban. So I suppose you could say he is part of the bedrock of our relationship. In fact, Karol introduced me to Keith Urban music when we started hanging out in 2003. I was not much of a country music fan. I have always been more into Alternative music like The Cranberries, Collective Soul, Green Day, Pearl Jam, among others. So although he had been playing for years, I didn't "meet" him until 2003.
As I said, our first "date" was his concert in Virginia Beach in 2004. It wasn't really a "date" per se. We were just exploring our feelings, and were very tentative and shy, but that concert really set things in motion, so I thank Keith for the 10 years I have shared with this beautiful creature. But I digress......back to Keith.
He had not been back to Virginia Beach since 2004. He did come back to the Hampton Roads area in 2011, and played at The Hampton Coliseum. That was an amazing show. He had multiple stages, some way out in the audience so we could all get a good glimpse and he gave away a guitar to a little girl when he went up to the "nosebleed" seats and played up there. He is amazing! I have only seen two other music Stars come out into the audience like that: Michael Franti and Patrick Monahan (front man for Train). (we go to lots of concerts...they are our "thing").
So when she heard that Keith was coming back to Virginia Beach for his Keith Urban Raise 'Em Up Tour in Virginia Beach , she wanted tickets! I was happy to oblige. I joined Keith's fan group The 'Ville in order to get a code for Presale tickets. I was sitting at the computer as soon as the tickets went on sale, and bought them 10 minutes prior to the Presale even beginning. (A perk for paying to join The 'Ville). I was so excited to get tickets to the Orchestra section seat 46 and 47. I told Karol and she was stoked.
As the date for the concert got closer, I reexamined our tickets and realized the tickets I had purchased were not for seats, but General Admission in the Pit, and we would be standing with lots and lots of other sweaty people who would be drinking, possibly heavily. This did not make me happy. So I talked with Karol and she said she did not want to be in the Pit either, so I began a frantic ticket selling and buying extravaganza.
I went to Craigslist to sell and (hopefully) purchase new tickets without breaking the bank. I had an excellent previous experience purchasing tickets to see Imagine Dragons, (one of the top 3 shows I have EVER been to by the way). So I listed my tickets and received quite a few emails and texts within 10 minutes. In fairness I responded to the first person to ask for the tickets. We corresponded via text message and he said he would meet me in Virginia Beach at my office to exchange the tickets for cash. Then after we made the arrangements I never heard back from him, so I went to the next person on the list. She panned out and was very excited to get her tickets. Interestingly she had purchased seats already, but her mother wanted to be closer, so she was looking for tickets in the Pit.
During this time I was looking for tickets of my own. Even thought "by the rules" people are not supposed to sell tickets for more than face value, I saw tickets selling for 200.00 each on Craigslist. I knew that was scalping....to be honest it pissed me off. I did not even respond to those people. Then I found a "real" deal. A man was selling two tickets with VIP passes and preferred parking for what seemed like a fair price. Probably true face value including the exorbitant fees added by Ticket Master and Live Nation. So I contacted him, and although he was from Richmond, he was getting ready to vacation in Williamsburg, (45 minutes from my house) and we agreed to meet there. I drove up and purchased the tickets. He was happy to sell them and I was super happy to get them.
The seats were amazing, and we were so happy to have the preferred parking and VIP lounge tickets. So off we went to the concert. This is how close we were to the stage:
We were READY for the Keith Urban Raise 'Em Up Tour in Virginia Beach!
I took LOTS of photos during the concert. I only took one video, honestly because the Farm Bureau Staff kept telling people not t video and we were right on the aisle by at least three staff members keeping people from coming down by us or sneaking into the pit area.
Of course I took pictures close up as well. To be honest I usually rely on the big screens on each side of the stage to see him well, but this time I had to crane my neck to even see those. We were so close I could see his face from my seat. CLEARLY!! It was amazing!
I was really surprised that the Pit area was NOT jam packed, and people were behaving themselves. It made me regret not staying in there JUST a bit.
At one point he brought a young lady from Virginia Beach onstage with him to sing "We Were Us" which is a duet with Miranda Lambert. She was awesome and Keith was so sweet to her. She also brought her boyfriend onstage and he played guitar. What an amazing night for them. You can find Sammi Rae Seachrist here. She did an amazing job. Can you imagine being in front of tens of thousands of people and singing with Keith Urban? I am sure she was nervous as all get out, but her nerves didn't really show. She was awesome!!
Keith really interacted with the crowd. He signed a guitar from someone in the Pit, he walked back to the grass area where he had a stage set up and performed in the crowd, he brought a cute little girl wearing a pink cowboy hat and matching boots up on stage with him. All in all it was a magical night.
One of the most amazing parts of the whole night in my opinion came AFTER he was finished singing. I have been to probably over 40 concerts in my day. I have seen Elton John, Billy Joel, Genesis, Tom Petty (3 times), Fleetwood Mac, and I have NEVER seen the band or artist do what Keith did after the show.
He didn't leave the stage right away. He stayed on the stage for at least 10 minutes. Shaking hands and signing autographs, taking pictures, and just being his charming, polite self.
It was awesome, and amazing, and then I did truly regret selling my tickets. Oh well, there is always next time.
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