Although Keith Urban's Get Closer World Tour was recently announced, his appearance today on The Oprah Winfrey Show may well overshadow that news. Using her magical powers, Oprah managed to extract quite a few details about Urban's addiction intervention.
When she asked what was the source of his addiction, Urban answered, "Everything. Alcohol and cocaine, predominantly.”
But then they got into the nitty gritty of the actual moment of truth. Urban confided that his wife, actress Nicole Kidman, was the catalyst for his change, something for which he is ever-grateful: "That's the point right there where she really should've just walked. I'm just so glad she didn't.
"She made a decision to turn around and initiate, ultimately, this intervention. And it was done in such a way that the love in that room at that moment was just right, and I was like, 'Put the cuffs on, let's go.'
"It was Nic and a small group of people I'm close to in Nashville. To see love in action to that degree -- at that time in that way -- I'd never experienced anything like that. And all the rest of it is very, very, very personal. I was actually set to go and play a show the next night, and I just said, 'I don't want to do anything but go.'"
Oprah isn't the only thing Urban has been up to lately. On the heels of his latest CD release, Get Closer, he played a free show at a Dallas taco stand last week. The next day, Urban provided the half-time entertainment for the Dallas Cowboys' game against the New Orleans Saints. Turns out, Kidman got him hooked on the sport.
"She's a passionate, giant supporter," Urban explains. "She's a big NFL fan, and she sort of turned me on to it. Since I'm from Australia, it was all sort of new to me."
Now, though, he has his sights set on touring and he's ready to rock 44 cities across 30 states next summer. After getting started in Mobile on June 16, Urban plays Tampa on June 18. He'll hit a number of stops in the Southeast en route to the Northeast.
Once there, Urban hits Boston on July 8 before bringing his Get Closer Tour to Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Conn. on July 9.
A few days later, Philadelphia hosts Urban at the Wells Fargo Center for a July 15 performance. After that, he'll makes his way around the upper Midwest. Along with plays in Columbus and Cleveland, one date has Urban in Grand Rapids on July 22.
The nation's capital is also on the itinerary. Urban lands in Washington, DC on July 28.
For August, the routing continues to focus on the South and Midwest. Among other dates, Urban plays Cincinnati August 11 and Omaha on August 20.
At this point, September is mostly dark, but things get kicking again in October with a blast of dates out West. In addition to three other California shows, Urban rocks Fresno on October 4. He'll also hit Phoenix and Denver before finding himself, once again, in the Midwest for the conclusion of the tour.
All in all, Urban couldn't be more excited about the year ahead: "Playing live is what it's always been about for me.
"It's creating in the moment. It's the joy, the electricity, the unexpected, the passion and the unknown journey that we're all taking together. I've always felt that the best live concert experiences tap into a deep need in all of us to feel a part of something ... to belong. I'm bringing the big boom box and an arsenal of songs, and I can't wait to throw this party!"