I’m not sure how many Australians came through Ellis Island between 1892 and 1954. But last week, one very important Aussie showed up there when Keith Urban was the surprise performer at some fancy private event. At least I’m assuming it was fancy, because really, wouldn’t it need to be a high-end party if you have the Statue of Liberty in the background AND you’re hiring Keith Urban? He seems impressed as hell with the venue, looking out at the enthusiastic crowd saying, “I can’t believe we’re playing on Ellis Island!” Some eight million immigrants were processed there, including my husband’s own clan of Italian ancestors starting in about 1907. So even for Urban, who was born in New Zealand and raised in Australia, I’d imagine that the symbolism of Ellis Island was huge. And for the Statue of Liberty in the background, whose torch looks just like a lighter, she seems like she’s the ultimate Urban fan looking for an encore.
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