OFFSTAGE: Keith Urban Thinks Security Is Too Tight

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I’m with Keith Urban. Let’s fire the security guards at concerts. Well, OK, that’s not what he said, although he notes the difference in the way the audience reacts at concerts in small clubs and huge arenas. He talked to Australia’s Daily Telegraph newspaper about the kind of energy he likes (and doesn’t like) to see at concerts, especially when he’s touring down under like he is now. “It’s the prison warden security,” he said. “God forbid that everyone can have a good time. A concert is supposed to be two hours of unbridled freedom to be in the moment, to have the best night. You should be allowed to do that.” Then he talks about the good ol’ days. “Even when I played the pubs in Australia, the audiences were, like, they’re standing, they’re drunk, they’re on their feet, they’re engaged. And then all of a sudden, you’re playing an arena and suddenly people are sitting down. It’s like more people and less energy.”

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