2017 was a tough one. It just felt like there was a lot of bad news this year, including the loss of a lot of influential musicians like Glenn Campbell, Tom Petty, and Troy Gentry. Keith Urban could not move on to 2018’s greener pastures before he paid tribute to those we lost during the Nashville’s New Year’s Eve celebration.
It may be one of the most impressive performances from Urban who matched the vocals and musical stylings of eight different musicians whose careers span the musical gamut across the last sixty years. Urban played alone onstage as he covered parts of songs by Chris Cornell, Gregg Allman, Chuck Berry, Don Williams, Glenn Campbell, and Troy Gentry. When Urban started to play “Back In Black” in tribute to AC/DC guitarist Angus Young, the band kicked in before leading into Tom Petty’s “Free Falling.”
It was a good reminder for the holiday: honor the past, enjoy the present, hope for a bright future.