Keith Urban Pays Tribute To Aretha Franklin, Roy Clark During New Years Eve Bash Medley [WATCH]

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Keith Urban rang in the new year paying tribute to a few legendary musicians we lost in 2018. Keith headlined the “Jack Daniel’s Music City Midnight: New Year’s Eve in Nashville” celebration on Dec. 31 alongside performances from Peter Frampton, Judah & the Lion, Caitlyn Smith, Devon Gilfillian, and the Fisk Jubilee Singers.

During his headlining set, Keith took the opportunity, to recognize some musicians we lost in 2018, as he’s done in subsequent years. The artists he paid tribute to include, Dolores O’Riordan of the Cranberries, Aretha Franklin, Roy Clark, Avicii and Lynyrd Skynyrd guitarist, Ed King.

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“The last few years that we’ve played new years eve I’ve taken the opportunity to put together a medley of some of the people we’ve lost across the year,” Keith said from the stage. “I’ve done it again this year and I’m going to play a couple of songs to just recognize a few of the people that we lost this year.

With that, the singer broke into The Cranberries’ “Zombie,” to honor the death of Dolores O’Riordan. Then came “Respect” by Aretha Franklin, who we lost in August 2018. The crowd joined in to sing on the chorus.

Keith went on to play “Rollin in My Sweet Baby’s Arms” by Roy Clark, Avicii’s “Wake Me Up,” Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Sweet Home Alabama,” to honor guitarist Ed King. To close out the medley, Keith unleashed a mean guitar solo with Peter Frampton joining in for the tribute.

“Peter freaking Frampton,” Keith announced from the stage.