Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman are gearing up to celebrate their 10th wedding anniversary. The adorable couple is often seen canoodling on red carpets, never afraid to pack on the PDA. Keith told People, that he has big plans for their special day.
“I’m working on that right now,” he says. “It’ll be something intimate and romantic.”
She’s my best friend. I’ve never had anybody on the planet that knows me as well as she does,” says Urban of his wife. “I would love to have been worthy of somebody like Nic, but I was a long way from it when we met. Somehow we just found there was love there, real love. I literally just feel like the luckiest guy on the planet.”
Let’s all release a collective ‘Awe…’ and then go evaluate our own relationships.
Yesterday, Keith Urban gave a select few fans and media a sneak peek into this RipCord Tour. With a masking tape outline of the stage and only the bare bones production elements needed to put out the “vibe,” Keith and his band put on a show worthy of accolades he’s sure to earn.
Opening with the banjo infused rock anthem “Gone Tomorrow, Here Today,” Keith took the crowd through a rhythmic journey of love and life. Although we only got a one hour glimpse into the show, Keith explained that the 2+ hour set will include nine songs off RipCord including singles “Wasted Time,” “John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16” and “Break On Me” along with the melodic “Blue Ain’t Your Color,” “Gettin’ in the Way,” “Habit of You,” and “Fighter” which will accompany a video of duet partner Carrie Underwood.
“I hear the rumblings and I ask various people what songs might be good to be back in,” Keith explains how he chooses which of his many many hits to put in the show. “Everything is sort of organic.”
Don’t know all the words to all the songs from Ripcord? No problem. Keith has plenty of favorites recent, old and older to entertain including a reworked “Where the Blacktop Ends,” “Everybody,” “Long Hot Summer” and “We Were Us” which tourmate Maren Morris will accompany on.
As always, Keith promises to entertain the whole audience, setting up a “B” stage in the back to give those in the cheap seats a closer view for a few songs…. And I’m sure he’ll travel off the beaten path to get there, giving all those in the vicinity a chance to cop-a-feel.
Keith explains the tour happened much like the record, organically and rhythm driven, adding, changing and taking away elements that just didn’t seem to fit or feel right. He also gives a lot of credit to his dad.
“That my dad has had an incredible influence on me,” Keith says “and I think that’s become more and more apparent. I didn’t realize how strong the rhythmic influences and DNA that I’ve inherited from him. It’s always been there, but it became more apparent while making this record.”
“This record drove the feel that I was after,” Keith explains he was going for a cinematic experience and feeling he wanted to capture with the set, stage and lighting. “I don’t want the stage to give any sense of what the music should be that goes with that. “
The Ripcord Tour kicks-off June 2nd in Kansas City. Visit KeithUrban.net for all the info.
**Videos courtesy of lucky fans in the front row.”
Last week, Keith Urban’s eighth studio album RIPCORD debuted at #1 in the United States, Canada and Australia, marking the second consecutive time that the four-time Grammy Award winner has achieved that historic milestone, something that no other male Country artist has done. But Urban has outdone himself. For the second consecutive week, Ripcord is #1 on the album charts in the United States, Canada and Australia.
Ripcord, Urban’s 5th #1 album, is already shaping up to what could be his most successful to date. It’s already produced his 19th (“John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16”) and 20th (“Break On Me”) #1 songs, as well as his 36th consecutive Top 10 song “Wasted Time.” It extends his record-breaking streak as the artist with the most consecutive top 10 songs on Billboard’s Country Airplay Chart – a streak that began in August of 2000.
Urban is currently in rehearsals in Nashville, for his first worldwide tour in nearly three years. RipcordWorld Tour 2016 features an all-new production, a heaving helping of some of Urban’s biggest hits and his now legendary, unpredictable two-plus hour performances. It launches on June 2nd, in Kansas City, with Brett Eldredge and special guest Maren Morris.
Ripcord features some of the music industry’s most celebrated and influential musical collaborators from Pitbull to Nile Rodgers to Carrie Underwood and Dann Huff to Jeff Bhasker, Greg Wells and busbee.
CMT is recruiting country’s biggest stars Blake Shelton, Chris Stapleton, Florida Georgia Line, Jason Aldean, Keith Urban, Luke Bryan and Thomas Rhett to own the stage with never-before-seen performances live during the fan-voted “2016 CMT Music Awards” premiering Wednesday, June 8th at 8pm ET/PT live from Nashville. Special guests Brett Eldredge, Maren Morris and The Oak Ridge Boys will also perform.
The night will be filled with musical and television firsts. Blake Shelton will be joined by Country Music Hall of Fame members The Oak Ridge Boys for a loud performance of the new song “Doin’ It To A Country Song,” from Shelton’s new album “If I’m Honest.” Playing his current hit single, “Wasted Time,” Keith Urban will be joined by tourmates Brett Eldredge and Maren Morris for a showcase of his “ripCORD World Tour 2016.” Additional performers will be announced at a later date.
Tickets to the “2016 CMT Music Awards” are currently on sale via Ticketmaster.
On the heels of her historic and record-setting sixth “Video of the Year” win last year (her fourth consecutive win), reigning champ, Carrie Underwood, is set to protect her crown against powerhouse first-time nominees Chris Stapleton and Cam, who top nominations for the fan-selected “2016 CMT Music Awards.” With three nominations each, including “Video of the Year,” they will face off in top categories against superstars Blake Shelton, Brothers Osborne, Florida Georgia Line, Keith Urban, Kelsea Ballerini, Little Big Town, Luke Bryan, Maren Morris, Old Dominion, Sam Hunt and Thomas Rhett, who each garnered two nominations.
Fans can vote now via CMT.com determine the winners for “Video of the Year”. Voting will continue until Monday, June 6th at 12:01 AM. On Wednesday, June 1st, CMT will announce a brand-new surprise awards category.