Country Star Keith Urban to Kick Off 2022 North American Tour Leg in Cincinnati

Cincinnati apparently is becoming the place to launch a concert tour.

click to enlarge Keith Urban performs in 2020. - PHOTO: LIBRARY OF CONGRESS, WIKIMEDIA COMMONS
Photo: Library of Congress, Wikimedia Commons
Keith Urban performs in 2020.

Cincinnati apparently is becoming the place to launch a concert tour.

In November, '80s Wave Rock act Tears for Fears announced that it would begin its 2022 world tour in Cincinnati this May. Now, country superstar Keith Urban is doing the same.

Urban announced early Wednesday morning that he will kick off the North American leg of his "The Speed of Now" world tour at Cincinnati's Riverbed Music Center on Saturday, July 16. Tickets go on public sale at 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 10, on ticketmaster.com and riverbend.org. A presale begins several days earlier.

Concert attendees must show proof of either full vaccination against COVID-19 or a negative COVID-19 diagnostic test taken within 72 hours of the event.

For those who just can't get enough, Urban will return to the region on Thursday, Oct. 6 to perform in Lexington's Rupp Arena.

"Every night is the first time we’ve played these songs for that audience, in that moment," Urban says in a release. "It’s why every show is different – spontaneous and unpredictable – even for us! After two years, we’re finally gonna get the chance to play some of the new songs we haven’t done live before. We’ll throw in a bunch of the songs that everyone comes to hear, a couple of which we’ll rework a bit, and it’s really gonna be tough to get us off the stage."

The New Zealand-born Urban scored big with his 2002 song "Somebody Like You," which Billboard called the biggest country hit of the 2000s. Since then, Urban has had nearly 40 singles, won four Grammy awards, appeared on Taylor Swift's "That's When" from her re-recorded Fearless album and served as an American Idol judge. His most recent album The Speed of Now Part 1 landed in September 2020.

Watch Urban perform "Wild Hearts" at this year's CMA Awards below.

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