What's the Deal: Keith Urban's Tour

Urban development plan: A $20 concert ticket in every pot. (Susan Biddle/TWP file)

Guess Keith Urban won't be playing guitar in Al Green's band, after all.

Fresh off of Urban's surprise appearance backing the Rev. Green during the soul legend's added-on-the-fly Grammy performance of "Let's Stay Together" with Justin Timberlake and Boyz II Men, the Nashville star has announced his own summer tour, complete with genre-appropriate opening acts: Taylor Swift, Sugarland, Dierks Bentley, the Zac Brown Band and/or Jason Aldean, depending on the city.

But the biggest news about the country singer-guitar hero's upcoming "Escape Together" tour has to do with ticket prices. Mindful of the ongoing Greatest Depression chatter, Urban has announced a touring stimulus plan: Some tickets to his shows will cost just $20, with all transaction fees waived -- a pretty nice price for an arena tour headlined by an A-list artist.

(When Urban played the Verizon Center in August 2007, tickets were $25 to $59.50, plus ticketing fees.)

"It's easy to see that people out there are hurting," Urban said in a statement. "And if these ticket prices can help some of them to let loose, forget about their daily grind and enjoy a night of music, then that's what we intend to give them and everyone else that comes out to our shows."

Just one problem for Urbanites in this area: There's no local date on Urban's itinerary. The closest he'll come: Philadelphia on Aug. 1, Hershey, Pa., on Aug. 18 and Charlottesville on Aug. 27.

UPDATE: Urban's rep says there's a DC date being planned, after all. No exact date yet, but I'd guess Aug. 19 or 20.

By J. Freedom du Lac |  February 9, 2009; 11:39 AM ET Economy , Tours
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All dates are not listed yet, and his website had already given the names of cities that he would be in on this tour, which included Washington DC. Just have to be patient! :) And - Charlottesville and Philly are worth the drive as it is to see him!

Posted by: mmagnan | February 9, 2009 12:09 PM

Ya know, I'll give Keith a ton of credit for ordering that those hideous fees be waived. Glad to see there's still a major artist who cares more about the show and the audience rather than making a bunch of money.

Posted by: EricS2 | February 9, 2009 2:45 PM

Posted by: tnmusiclover | February 9, 2009 2:48 PM

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