Keith Urban's Brisbane selfie with girl a show-stopper
WITH his boyish good looks and country charm, it's not hard to see why Queensland women left their husbands and boyfriends at home for a night out with Keith Urban.
How could you not like a bloke who stops a show so an eight-year-old girl could have a 'selfie' taken with her idol in front of thousands at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre?
The crowd was not so obliging when they found out Lauren was from Melbourne.
"You guys are hard core. You are booing an eight-year-old,'' Urban joked.
"You should be ashamed of yourselves.''
At least she wasn't from New South Wales - though she was wearing a blue Keith Urban shirt.
The clearly overwhelmed girl answered: "Nothing much'' when asked her name.
Urban said her parents had a lot to answer for before he asked her name again and was told "Lauren".
He then asked the crowd to 'move in' for the selfie before snapping the picture on the phone.
Keith Urban put on another super cool show in Brisbane, delighting fans who have followed him since his early days in Caboolture to those who have more recently become coverts after watching him as a judge on The Voice.
The husband of Nicole Kidman took fans on a continual light and shade journey, mixing in rock numbers with love ballads as part of his Light the Fuse tour.
His non-stop setlist included many of his hits, including Kiss a Girl, Sweet Thing as well as powerful renditions of slower songs like Shame.
Driving guitars, a bass sound that went right through your chair, superb harmonies, a great light show - and some beautiful personal touches from the man himself combined to give fans a night they will talk about until the next time.
Just as he did in his previous outing to Brisbane, Urban wasn't afraid to get amongst the crowd.
Leaving the stage, he was quickly escorted up into the nose-bleed stadium seats, giving fans a song they could not only feel but touch. One girl even scored a guitar in the process.
Twitter later lit up with posts from people who could not believe they got to touch one of country rock's best showmen.
Urban also made it clear to security at another point in the show that he wanted fans to be able to join him at the front, resulting in hundreds flooding forward.
It was clear Urban was out to have a good time, beaming throughout the show as he enjoyed demonstrating great slide work on an endless variety of guitars.
Troy Casser-Daly and his family were among those in the crowd with the country music star later tweeting: Great night @KeithUrban Brisbane , home town boy did all proud!! Great job brother!!
Former Mackay local Brooke Schubert-Briggs wowed the crowd when she performed with Urban in a duet.
The woman from Moranbah had a huge voice which easily filled the stadium.
She got the gig after making a video, Dear Keith Urban, on YouTube in April - pointing out to Urban the similarities between the pair as well as her desire to sing alongside him on stage.
Her friend Tianna Graham, who works for HotFM in Townsville, spoke to Urban on her breakfast show and told him to check out the clip.
Mrs Schubert-Briggs said from there she got an email from Urban's assistant asking her to contact them to arrange the duet.
"I'm thinking this is crazy," she earlier told Mackay's Daily Mercury.
"I'm not the support act, I'm playing on stage with him during his concert.
"In the back of my mind, when I made the video, I thought I had no chance.
"But unless you put it out there, you'll never know."
Brisbane-based indie-pop band Sheppard did a great job in kicking off the night with the crowd getting right into their hits Let Me Down Easy and Geronimo.
All in all, plenty left with their fuses lit. Husbands and boyfriends can tweet their thanks @KeithUrban