At Nashville’s New Year’s Eve concert, Keith Urban and Peter Frampton put together a stirring tribute to Lynyrd Skynyrd’s Ed King, who passed away last year.
The two guitarists covered Sweet Home Alabama – which King co-wrote – as the final part of a medley that also included songs by musicians who left us in 2018. Frampton wasn’t on stage up until the Skynyrd cover, so Urban took it upon himself to cover The Cranberries’ Zombie and Aretha Franklin’s Respect. Both Franklin and Dolores O’Riordan, vocalist of The Cranberries, passed last year.
The Aussie country star also dropped in a rendition of Roll In My Sweet Baby’s Arms to honour Roy Clark, former host of country music programme Hee Haw. And, perhaps surprisingly, Urban also took on Avicii’s smash hit, Wake Me Up. The Swedish EDM DJ shocked the world when, in April last year, he took his own life.
It was Urban’s third year headlining this New Year’s Eve concert, and a medley such as this has become a tradition of sorts for the singer.
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