Country stars do it all the time, and it’s one of the most exciting parts of their concerts. They or one of their security guards reaches into the crowd and pulls a fan — sometimes a little one, sometimes a grown-up — onstage for a once-in-a-lifetime event. Some fans sing, some dance and some are just so darned tickled to be there that it creates a moment of such hilarity, we can only hope it was captured by someone’s cell phone.
Thank goodness that happened Dec. 8 during Keith Urban’s show in Melbourne, Australia. Obvious super fans Rach and Ash were invited to join the fellow Aussie onstage, where Keith did an impromptu interview with the sisters. In the process, he learned that not only had they been at his show with Carrie Underwood the night prior, but also that Rach had ditched work in order to go again the second night.
Rach, who works for her father, obviously has a truckload of audacity, because after saying she wasn’t coming to work, she also asked Pops to watch her kids. That prompted Keith to place a call to Dad Phil just to check in. Now, the Australian accents are thick and the crowd is so enthusiastic, it’s hard to make out exactly what is being said, but after exchanging pleasantries and introducing himself, Keith thanks Phil for taking care of the grandkids and inquires about the children Phil is in charge of. The dad/granddad replies that the little one was in bed when he left. Keith, a parent himself, laughs and asks, “You said ‘in bed when you left,’ where the hell are you, Phil?” to which Phil replies, “Geelong” — a city in Australia where his daughters live.
It may be accurate, but it’s not very specific.
Keith thanks Rach’s dad for allowing her to take the day off, but when the girl says, “He’s going to fire me,” Keith is concerned. “He’s going to fire you? He couldn’t fire you, it’s not possible. Can you fire your own daughter?” If that’s possible, Phil would know. Turns out, he’s also a lawyer and, as Keith says, “Bloody hell, the plot thickens.”
The sisters and Keith grab a quick photo before they exit the stage, and Keith wishes them well saying, “You got your selfie and, hopefully, you got your dad… not firing you. That would be good.”
Keith truly knows how to make a moment with a fan magical, and that’s exactly how he earned himself a nomination in the Fan Moment of the Year category at the first ever Rare Country Awards. Keith pulled Rob Joyce onstage and when the young man showed he could really rip the strings off of a guitar, the country superstar was blown away. Check it out at RareCountryAwards.com.