AND PLAYBOY PLAYMATE/TV HOST LUANN LEE
STAPLES CENTER, LOS ANGELES, CA
Ok, so we all know KEITH URBAN is sexy, hot and super YUMMY! So, when I found out he was coming to Los Angeles, I knew I was going to be there. I’ve seen him 3 other times before and he’s great in concert, so this time I wanted to be front and center. I wanted to be that close so I could see that dazzling smile, that twinkle in his eye and most importantly, those incredibly sexy fingers romancing his guitar strings! I wanted to see him sweat, grind and dance while he, I imagined, sang personally to me.
Those are the things I wanted from this concert. What I got was that and a whole lot more.
We bought the tickets a month in advance and didn’t realize that the concert fell on the evening of the Jewish High Holy day, Yom Kippur. The people we were going with are Jewish. They were going to have to “break the fast” before they could join us, so that would delay us getting to see the opening act, Jake Owen. By a strange coincidence, Jake Owen used to date my BFF, Playboy Playmate Carrie Stevens. I’ve met him through her and thought he was a jerk, and told him so in not so many words. So missing the opening act didn’t bother me. Although, the current hit of his, “Barefoot Blue Jean Night” does have a catchy melody and is pretty good. He is also hot, not as hot as Keith Urban, but hot none the less. Unfortunately, the second he opens his mouth, he’s also arrogant, egotistical and star-struck by his own image, so he becomes UN-HOT real fast.
Anyway, we finally get to the concert an hour late and as we walk in to Staples Center, we hear the crowd screaming and Keith Urban say to the audience, “Good Evening Los Angeles!” So my girlfriend and I start an all out sprint to the sign that reads “Access to Floor Seats”.
I was all decked out in my fancy-dandy cowboy boots and they have these amazingly beautiful zippers that go up the inside of my calf. At the top of the zippers are beautiful metal, rose shaped zipper pulls. Well, my two rose zipper pulls got entangled, my legs stuck together and at a full gate, I went flying in to the air! I landed face first on to the cement floor with my knee landing second and then my hands. I remember my mom always saying to me, “if you ever fall, always WATCH THE FACE, brace yourself, put your hands down first!” I didn’t stand a chance though, my arms got pushed out of the way by other fans running as fast as they could to get to their own seats. So face first was my fate! Ouch!
I was dazed and in so much pain I couldn’t get up. Security came, then they called the paramedics with a wheel chair and on and on. ALL I kept thinking about was, Keith Urban is now on his THIRD song, I’VE GOT TO GET IN THERE!!!!
I finally broke free from security, hobbled my way down 3 flights of stairs to the floor seats and limped up to the mosh crowd that had gathered around the stage. Turns out Urban wanted to have a “club like” type of concert. He had told his security guards to let the audience crowd around the stage and stand in the aisles. I saw a small hole in the mass of people and went for it, by a stroke of luck, my 13th row seats had “magically” turned into 4th row seats! Everyone was dancing and singing, no one was sitting, which was a good thing because I couldn’t bend my knee at this point.
I stood and enjoyed the concert immensely. Keith Urban never disappoints, he’s an extremely gifted singer/song writer/guitarist and he LOVES to perform. He brought fans up on stage twice during the evening; the first time Urban invited 3 people who had made extravagant signs that coordinated with Urban’s song “Kiss A Girl”. Two ecstatic, female 20 something’s and an adorable 9-year old little girl got to come up and collect their kisses. It was very sweet.
Keeping with the theme of the same song, the second time, Urban invited 3 guests to come up on stage, but ONLY if they knew the lyrics to his song, “Kiss A Girl”. They each got a chance to sing a short solo version of the song with Keith’s band backing them up. The audience voted by clapping after each guest. The winner was escorted over to center stage to sing the song as a duet with Keith Urban himself!!!
Wow, how surreal and how exciting for the 3 guests who were selected by Keith himself. How high my anger and disappointment was rising when it hit me that if I hadn’t fallen, I WOULD HAVE MOST DEFINITELY TRIED EVERYTHING I COULD SO THAT HE WOULD HAVE NOTICED ME! I would have been able to JUMP, HOP, SCREAM MY PLEA, WAVE MY HANDS just to get his attention! Remember, I was right in front of him in the fourth row! No one really thought he was going to bring someone up on stage so few people were even trying. I was shocked myself!
But because I was in SO MUCH pain, I was forced to stand still and watch 3 other people live out my DREAM. The first two girls were more shocked than ready to sing, lastly a “weekend cowboy type with a large kids stuffed horse” got up on stage. I kept thinking, “PLEASE! This was supposed to be my dream”, but I have to say, this guy knocked it out of the park! The combination of a couple of beers, his cocky swagger and the fact that he really new the words, impressed everyone. It was an easy choice and Keith Urban rocked out the rest of the song doing a duet with his new “partner”!
Urban always keeps his great sense of fun and adventure in to his shows. At one point He even took a huge drink of water and spit it out all over the girls that were directly in front of him and they ate it up. Then the “icing on the cake” happened. Keith Urban threw his wrist band into the crowd and it landed right at my FEET!!!! It hurt to bend over to pick it up and just as I reached to pick it up, a much larger “beer guzzling, cowgirl type chick” snatched it from my hands! But for a moment it was mine 🙂
John Fogerty joined Urban joined for the Fogerty written song “Proud Mary, Rolling On The River” and Jack Black sang the Charlie Daniels song, “The Devil Went Down To Georgia.” It was AWESOME; pain, bruises and a crushed knee cap, it was AWESOME!