Keith Urban unleashes North American trek
Country crooner Keith Urban will follow up a winter Australian run with the first leg of a North American trek that kicks off next summer.
A handful of Australian shows are on the books for late January, after which Urban will return stateside to join the judges' panel on the 12th season of "American Idol," alongside Nicki Minaj, Marah Carey and original judge Randy Jackson.
The new trek, which will include tour mates Little Big Town and Dustin Lynch, gets underway July 18 in Cincinnati, OH, and continues through 26 major markets, visiting festivals and arenas across the nation. The current itinerary wraps up Oct. 5 in West Palm Beach, FL.
Information about tickets is available now via Urban's website.
Rumors of a new Urban album have been prevalent since the summer, when the country singer spoke to Nashville's Tennessean. No word yet on when the new effort might hit retailers.
"My intention for the record is to start exploring the stories in my own life," Urban stated. "There's plenty of them, and I've been through a lot of things and there's a lot more of that exploration that's happening already. I think it is taking shape a little bit. It feels like it's the first one."
25-27 - Brisbane, Australia - Brisbane Entertainment Centre
30, 31 - Sydney, Australia - Allphones Arena
2, 3 - Melbourne, Australia - Rod Laver Arena
18 - Cincinnati, OH - Riverbend Music Center
19 - Twin Lakes, WI - Country Thunder
20 - Monticello, IA - Great Jones County Fair
25 - Charlotte, NC - Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre Charlotte
26 - Raleigh, NC - Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion at Walnut Creek
27 - Alpharetta, GA - Verizon Wireless Amphitheater at Encore Park
2 - Detroit Lakes, MN - WE Fest
4 - Detroit, MI - DTE Energy Music Theater
8 - Columbia, MD - Merriweather Post Pavilion
9 - Canandaigua, NY - CMAC
10 - Mansfield, MA - Comcast Center
16 - The Woodlands, TX - Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
17 - Dallas, TX - Gexa Energy Pavilion
22 - Birmingham, AL - Oak Mountain Amphitheatre
23 - St. Louis, MO - Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
24 - Indianapolis, IN - Klipsch Music Center
12 - Cleveland, OH - Blossom Music Center
13 - Pittsburgh, PA - First Niagara Pavilion
14 - Philadelphia, PA - Susquehanna Bank Center
21 - Mountain View, CA - Shoreline Amphitheatre
22 - Sacramento, CA - Sleeptrain Amphitheatre
27 - Los Angeles, CA - Hollywood Bowl
28 - San Diego, CA - Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre
29 - Phoenix, AZ - Ashley Furniture Home Store Pavilion
4 - Tampa, FL - 1-800-Ask-Gary Amphitheatre
5 - West Palm Beach, FL - Cruzan Amphitheatre