What's the Deal: Keith Urban's Tour
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.
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