May/June/July 2007
(catching up on keith news!!)
Keith Urban Says Climate Crisis Is Not Political
At Live Earth, He Encourages People to Ask Questions

By: Laura Douglas
cmt.com

Keith Urban says questions need to be asked -- and that's why he performed Saturday (July 7) at one of the Live Earth concerts that took place throughout the world. During an interview at the show near New York City, Urban tells CMT Insider that global warming is not a political issue and how music may lead to conversations about the environment.

CMT: Why did you want to be a part of Live Earth? It's the first event of its kind.

Urban: I think it's a sad reality that it probably won't be the last of its kind though. For me, I think it's about asking questions. It's an opportunity for people to start engaging in conversation about what this means and what they can do. We played somewhere last night where I mentioned we were coming up here to play, and there were a bunch of people that started booing. It took me by surprise because I realized that a lot of people still see this as a political issue. Which is absolutely insane.

It's really important that we all start really digging in and asking questions. What is this really about? It's really hard for me to think that some people can still deny that we're in crisis ... to think that we haven't had an effect on our world. ... You've got 6 billion people here. Every year we're becoming more and more materialistic and spitting out more and more into this world. I think anybody could see. Common sense could tell us it's time to start living our life a bit differently.

What is it about music that can help call attention to the message?

It's the common link that can bring people from many different walks of life together and, in the process, maybe allow them to also find a common message. The bottom line is that if you live here on this earth, there's a common message to be shared today. Today's not about preaching. Hopefully it's about stimulating conversation and asking questions.

You're the main representative of country music here. How does that feel?

It's an honor. It's a huge honor. I think there's a good amount of people out there in the country industry that don't know a lot about what's going on. So, again, today could be a good opportunity to find out.

Would you say that this event is something you'd like to see more of, but at the same time, wish there wasn't a need?

Yeah, that's always the way with events like this. They're bittersweet. I wish there wasn't the need for it, but there is, and who knows what will come of today. One thing is for sure -- a lot of people are going to become more aware of the issues at hand. Again, it's always about asking questions. Nobody has all the answers, but there's so much information out there. So just source it out. The Internet is a wonderful place to be looking, and don't just take it from one person. Just dig deep and ask questions.

Laura Douglas is a producer for CMT Insider.

*Keith Urban wants to do his part in helping save the environment. Since he's taking a dozen trucks and five buses on his Love, Pain and the whole crazy World Tour, he's got them using bio-diesel fuel. He says, "The bio-diesel seemed to be a good way to offset a lot of that. With that, we've got a hundred-percent reduction in sulfur dioxides and sulfates, and we do at least 48-percent reduction in carbon monoxides."
*thanks for keithurbanfans.com for this extra info!


Keith Urban Champions the Wreckers 

July 3, 2007 — Keith Urban resumed his Love, Pain & the whole crazy thing World Tour with his opening act, The Wreckers, last Thursday after spending a few days off in Australia celebrating the birthday of his wife, Nicole Kidman, and their first wedding anniversary.

Keith tellsicebergradio.com that he tapped The Wreckers for the coveted slot on this tour because he's a fan of Jessica Harp and Michelle Branch, both professionally and personally.

"I love their record, he says. " There's a spirit there that just appeals to me. I met Jessica and Michelle a while back, and I just like their attitude. I like their vivaciousness and the fact that when they get up and perform they're very focused on giving the audience a great show and playing with the audience, not playing at them."
cmt.com


Keith Urban will not be touring Germany, the UK, or Ireland in October. International commitments have now led to a change of his tour plans. Therefore the shows will be postponed.

The acclaimed artist, who fascinated the German and UK audiences with his unique mix of rock, pop and country during his sellout club tour in the spring, will most likely return in 2008. "We are absolutely convinced of Keith Urban's success", said concert promoter Marek Lieberberg, who assumes that the shows will be rescheduled sometime next year.

"We are dedicated to presenting Keith's music in Ireland," said promoter Denis Desmond of MCD.
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During the entire month of July, you can find Keith featured as GAC's Artist of the Month.  Be sure to catch his hit videos on GAC and read more info about Keith at GACTV.com!
Keith Urban Spreads Optimism at L.A. Concert
Saturday Night Show at Staples Center Was Seventh Stop on U.S. Leg of World Tour

By: Tom Roland
cmt.com

LOS ANGELES -- Keith Urban is calling his current jaunt the Love, Pain & the Whole Crazy World Tour, though it's quite the misnomer. The pain is minimal, and the show isn't particularly nutty either.

In fact, when Urban played Los Angeles' Staples Center on Saturday (June 16), it really proved to be just one big love fest. Urban was quite enamored with soaring, arena-rock guitar solos played high on the neck. The set was dominated by happy, shiny songs of optimism, and the room was full of people just itching to sing along.

Taking its name from Urban's latest album, Love, Pain & the Whole Crazy Thing, it's a noticeably different tour than Urban has mounted before -- one geared very much to the larger venues he's now able to command. When he was appearing in mid-size theaters a few years ago, "You'll Think of Me" and "Tonight I Wanna Cry" were gut-wrenching performances, steeped in loneliness and venom. They worked, in part, because the house was small enough that one could still feel like Urban was simply an artistic extension of themselves.

In an arena, however, the artist becomes more of an icon and has to push harder to reach a more expansive cavern. Urban helped bridge the distance with a gigantic video screen that brought viewers in the back just as close as those in the front rows, focusing on his sweat-mangled bangs and even highlighting the pores in his upper cheeks. And a catwalk that led into the center of the venue's floor cut the gap with a large portion of the crowd.

Much like Kenny Chesney, with whom he toured earlier in the decade, Urban used the setting less as a means of exploring modern life than as a way to provide escape. Instead of Caribbean sands, Urban's songs take place on gridlocked city highways and in stressed-out, 40-hour workweeks. An earlier country singer such as Merle Haggard would've used those images as a platform to rail against the cigar-chomping guys who dole out skimpy paychecks or a government that makes Social Security an iffy proposition. In songs such as "Better Life," "Where the Blacktop Ends" and "Days Go By," Urban fashions those images as threads for uplifting self-transformation.

To be certain, Urban transformed some of his songs from their more familiar recorded arrangements. "Raining on Sunday" became a solo, acoustic piece. "I Told You So" was treated like a swatch of 1980's Brit pop -- Big Country meets Rod Stewart -- and "Tonight I Wanna Cry" received a "Tiny Dancer"-ish piano intro.

But the bulk of Urban's two hours on stage was devoted to buoyant melodies and scratchy rhythms, with ample time for encouraging the audience to engage in singalongs.

From the burning guitar solos to the blasts of confetti to the cover of a Phil Collins song ("Can't Stop Loving You"), the concert had all the earmarks of a pop show from the '80s or early '90s. With his scruffy visage, pierced ear and tattoos, Urban certainly looks the part of a rock star, and his recent stint in rehab only adds to the image.

Urban addressed that period in his life during the encore, thanking "everybody who has been so incredibly supportive of me the last eight months." He seemed to underscore the point during "Somebody Like You" when he made special emphasis of the lyrics "don't want to take this life for granted like I used to do." Urban also gave a nod to his personal life by dedicating "Got It Right This Time" to his wife, Nicole Kidman, who was not in attendance at the L.A. show.

The Wreckers, the duo of Michelle Branch and Jessica Harp, opened the show with a half-hour set in front of a farmland backdrop. Harmony played a big role in their sound. They tended to gravitate toward tones reminiscent of the Everly Brothers, but they had moments when they sang in wider intervals and sounded like more than two voices. While the musical portion of the show was solid, they interacted surprisingly little with the audience.

Urban meanwhile delivered all the cheer with a five-piece band that seemed just as happy to be there. They behaved as actual buddies, rather than hired hands, and the good vibes tended to rub off on the patrons. While L.A. drivers rank among the least friendly in the nation, some ticket holders at the end of the show chose to wait in the aisle and allow entire rows of people to get a step ahead of them in heading for their cars.

Yes, the pain in Urban's Love, Pain & the Whole Crazy World Tour might be missing, but if Los Angelenos can be that friendly, his joyful approach does have some very crazy effects.