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Backstage BBQ Experience!
Not very long ago, my family and I had the pleasure, and I do mean pleasure, of attending the Keith Urban Concert at the New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ! All I can say is WOW! I thought the night would be great but I had no idea just how great it would be!
We arrived at the stadium at about 3 pm, a little early for a concert that was due to begin at 7pm, but we had a good reason. We were invited to the Keith Urban Backstage
BBQ! This is where the WOW
begins! We were greeted by an escort who brought us through special gates, since the regular gates were due to open until 4:30. The escort took us and a party of less than 2o
people to a private room where the BBQ was going to be held. When we entered the room it was entering “a dream”. There was a little stage set up at the far end of the room and a semi-circle of stools surrounding it. We knew Keith would be there for a meet/greet, but never expected our own little private concert.
We were greeted by a BBQ staff who showed us to our seats and invited us to dine on all the goodies you would find at a regular BBQ. My hubby, myself and our boys dined on pulled pork, hamburgers, chicken, and other choices galore. Of course, since it was sponsored by KC Masterpiece BBQ Sauce, there was plenty of BBQ sauce to go around! What do I have to say about the food? YUM! Delicious!
After our feast of BBQ and dining on our red checkered tablecloths, we roamed around the room looking a pictures of Keith and a signing a 10 ft poster of him with “good wishes”.
Before long the meet and greet began and each party was taken privately to meet Keith. He could not have been any nicer. He greeted our family with a warm smile and kind words. He signed my son’s cowboy hat and traded picks with my older son! Then we posed for a picture and headed to our front row seats! I do mean f
front row! We were less than 10 feet away from Keith as he took requests for a favorite song. My older son requested “Days Go By”, one of my favorites and Keith sang it. It was so emotional, I was brought to tears. WOW, was this really happening? Could someone actually be lucky
enough to be in a stadium filled wit
h about 35,000 people and be in a room with less than 20 people and Keith Urban not more than 1o feet away? The answer of course was yes!
After Keith warmed up and then played a song to us, he answered any questions people had and really showed off his “down to earth” personality! He talked about his childhood, his wife and family, and about playing to a big crowd! He gave my sons some tips on playing guitar, since they both have their own guitars and enjoy country music. You could not have asked for a better time! All I could think was how the actual concert did not even begin yet. I did not think it could get any better than it already was at that moment.
It was tough leaving such a wonderful BBQ, but we needed to head to our seats quickly. Keith spent so much time with us that we only had about 10 minutes before he was onstage! He definitely did not let anyone down with his wonderful concert. When he came out the fans went crazy, even though the rain decided to join us at exactly the same time. It did not seem to matter!
Keith Urban was the opener, followed by The Dixie Chicks, and then The Eagles! What a great night!