Keith Urban Announces 2011 Tour, Says New Songs Are 'Gonna Soar in Concert'
Keith Urban is "very much in the early stages" of creating his new live show, but the country singer, songwriter and guitarist is rolling out the 44 dates that he'll play in North America during 2011 to support his new album, "Get Closer."
Urban will kick off his Get Closer 2011 World Tour on June 16 in Mobile, Ala., with dates running through Oct. 15 in Minneapolis. On-sales begin Feb. 11 and are staggered through April. And while the shows will include Urban's greatest hits -- including "Better Life," "Days Go By," "Somebody Like You" and "Sweet Thing" -- he tells Billboard.com that he's particularly excited to give the "Get Closer" songs an airing on stage.
"Even as we were writing for the album, I could tell right away that these songs were gonna soar in concert," he says. "I don't know how many new songs we'll be adding at this stage, but I do feel as the tour progresses and people have had time to live with the album we may very well end up playing the majority of them. I think songs like 'Georgia Woods' are tailor made for the grand concert experience."
"Get Closer" was released Nov. 16 and follows three consecutive albums -- 2004's "Be Here," 2006's "Love, Pain & the Whole Crazy Thing" and 2009's "Defying Gravity" -- that debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart. All three sold platinum or better. "Get Closer's" first single, "Put You in a Song," currently sits at No. 14 on the Top Country Songs chart and No. 71 on the Hot 100.
As for this tour's production, Urban promises that "the foundation that we build the production upon will be as it's always been, ensuring the clearest and strongest connection possible with the audience...I have been playing on some kind of a stage since I was seven. It's such a natural place for me, and I absolutely love the experience of participating in such a spiritual thing as playing live. It's night and day from the studio -- and believe me, I love making records too -- but playing live is all about being in the moment and being a part of something bigger than all of us."
Fans won't have to wait all the way until June to see Urban play live, however; he'll perform at halftime of the Dallas Cowboys-New Orleans Saints football game on Thanksgiving Day in Dallas, and he'll also tape an episode of "Oprah" on Dec. 14 at the Sydney Opera House, with an air date TBA.
Urban's 2011 Get Closer World Tour itinerary includes:
June 16: Mobile, Ala. (Civic Center)
June 17: Jacksonville, Fla. (Veterans Memorial Arena)
June 18: Tampa, Fla. (St. Pete Times Forum)
June 23: Columbia, S.C. (Colonial Life Arena)
June 24: Charlotte, N.C. (Time Warner Cable Arena)
June 25: Raleigh, N.C. (RBC Center)
June 29: St. Louis, Mo. (Scottrade Center)
June 30: Moline, Ill. (Wireless Center)
July 7: Hershey, Penn. (Giant Center)
July 8: Boston, Mass. (TD Garden)
July 9: Uncasville, Conn. (Mohegan Sun Arena)
July 14: Newark, N.J. (Prudential Center)
July 15: Philadelphia, Penn. (Wells Fargo Center)
July 16: Albany, N.Y. (Times Union Arena)
July 19: Columbus, Ohio (Nationwide Arena)
July 21: Cleveland, Ohio (Quicken Loans Arena)
July 22: Grand Rapids, Mich. (Van Andel Arena)
July 23: Detroit, Mich. (The Palace of Auburn Hills)
July 28: Washington, D.C. (Verizon Center)
July 29: Toledo, Ohio (Huntington Center)
July 31: Ft. Wayne, Ind. (Memorial Coliseum)
Aug. 4: Atlanta, Ga. (Gwinnett Center)
Aug. 6: Nashville, Tenn. (Bridgestone Arena)
Aug. 11: Cincinnati, Ohio (US Bank Arena)
Aug. 12: Knoxville, Tenn. (Thompson Boling Arena)
Aug. 13: Augusta, Ga. (James Brown Arena)
Aug. 18: Tulsa, Okla. (BOK Center)
Aug. 19: Kansas City, Mo. (Sprint Center)
Aug. 20: Omaha, Neb. (Qwest Center)
Aug. 25: Jonesboro, Ark. (ASU Convocation Center)
Aug. 26: Tupelo, Miss. (Bancorpsouth Arena)
Aug. 27: Lafayette, La. (Cajundome)
Aug. 28: Dallas, Texas (American Airlines Center)
Sept. 8: Buffalo, N.Y. (HSBC Arena)
Sept. 29: Seattle, Wash. (KeyArena)
Oct. 1: San Jose, Calif. (HP Pavilion)
Oct. 2: Sacramento, Calif (ARCO Arena)
Oct. 4: Fresno, Calif. (Save Mart Center)
Oct. 7: Glendale, Ariz. (Jobing.com Arena)
Oct. 8: Los Angeles, Calif. (Staples Center)
Oct. 11: Denver, Co. (Pepsi Center)
Oct. 13: Milwaukee, Wis. (Bradley Center)
Oct. 14: Chicago, Ill. (Allstate Arena)