Keith Previews New Tour

Keith Urban shows off new set and more.

photo by Joe Hardwick

Keith Urban gave a couple hundred lucky fans and media members a sneak peek at his upcoming Get Closer 2011 World Tour at a preview event at Nashville’s Municipal Auditorium, Thursday (June 9). And from this brief preview, it’s apparent that fans can look forward to an exciting visual and musical display.

As Keith entered the stage, attendees got a good look at the new set, featuring a lighting rig that resembles a roller coaster. An especially cool touch came with the video screen, placed within the oval of another rig that looked like a Ferris wheel.

“This is a weird gig, isn’t it?” Keith said, laughing as he addressed the crowd. He explained that he would play a few songs to give everyone a taste of the new tour, which kicks off June 16 in Biloxi, Miss. “We’ve got a week to get it right. No pressure!” he joked.

Keith ran through several of his hits, including “Days Go By” and “Put You in a Song,” which he and his band performed flawlessly. At one point during the preview, Keith drew a laugh when he realized he had started the wrong song. “At this point, we give you your money back,” he quipped.

Vintage videos featuring Waylon Jennings singing “Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way” and the Little Big Town music video for “Boondocks” were utilized to lead into different segments of the set.

“This is about 25 percent of what we’re gonna show you,” Keith announced as he wrapped up the preview. “See you soon!”

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