Keith Urban Pays Tribute to Late Leonard Cohen With ‘Hallelujah’ [Watch]
The music world was rocked by the death of one of its greatest, Leonard Cohen, on Nov. 7. The prolific singer-songwriter had an impact on many artists of all genres, Keith Urban included. At his hometown concert on Friday (Nov. 11), Urban paid tribute to the late icon.
Returning to Nashville's Bridgestone Arena stage for an encore, Urban walked up a riser alone, his acoustic guitar in hand to play a short tribute to Cohen. His minute-long acoustic performance of "Hallelujah" impressed — the arena went silent as Urban entranced with his version of the hit song.
"RIP Leonard. And thank you for being a vessel of glory on high," Urban captions a video posted to Facebook on Tuesday (Nov. 15).
In addition to his acoustic performance of "Hallelujah," Eric Church helped Urban close his nearly two-hour set in Nashville on Friday night. Prefacing Church's surprise appearance, Urban told the audience that he and his band were about to play a song they never performed before. And with that, Church walked out on stage to screams for his “Record Year” before the two sang their collaboration, “Raise ‘Em Up.”
Other highlights of Urban's Nashville stop included opening act Maren Morris singing Miranda Lambert's part on “We Were Us,” while Brett Eldredge joined in for an epic duet of “Somebody Like You” beginning on a small stage at the back of the Bridgestone Arena’s floor level. The two would then walk through the crowd to close the song on the main stage.
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