Keith's keen to come Closer to home

KEITH Urban is blown away by the support he has in his home town.

The US-based country music star, who grew up in Caboolture, has added a second Brisbane show to the Australian leg of his Get Closer World Tour on April 16.

“The first one sold out fairly quickly,” he said from Houston.

“We were hoping that that might happen, so we made sure we had room in our schedule for a second night – but I didn't think it would happen so quickly.”

Urban also made sure to save room for his Tamworth show.

Incredibly, it will the first time he has played Australia's home of country music.

The singer-songwriter recalls how he made the eight-hour journey from Caboolture to the country music capital each year during his childhood.

“Tamworth was really so much like a second home to me,” he said.

“I started going to the Tamworth Country Music Festival when I was nine and I went every year until I was 14 or 15, so many of my childhood memories are from Tamworth.

“This time around we just figured out a way (to get Tamworth on the schedule).”

It is a quick trip for Urban, who says he plans to come back to Australia for a family holiday after his tour ends.

“Nic is shooting a film right now, so I'll do the Australian tour and then go straight back to see my girls,” he said, referring to Nicole and daughters Sunday Rose and Faith.

“I'm really looking forward to taking whole family back down to Australia later this year.”

Urban's tour features many of the tracks from his sixth studio album, Get Closer, as well as fan favourites Sweet Thing, Days Go By, Better Life and Kiss A Girl.

“I think the album title has lead people to think the whole album is quite intimate, but it's certainly as diverse as all the albums I've done,” he said.

“There are some really big songs on there like Georgia Woods, and when I wrote them I could already envisage them in arenas.

“They're going to translate really wonderfully to that.”

Supporting Urban is five-time Grammy winner Lady Antebellum.

“They get five Grammys and I get to take them on tour as a support act,” laughed Urban.

“I'm leaning towards a few classic Aussie songs. It's going to be a big moment in the show.”

Keith Urban's Get Closer Tour starts in Adelaide on Friday night.

He plays Tamworth's Regional Entertainment and Conference Centre on April 12, the Sydney Entertainment Centre on April 14 and the Brisbane Entertainment Centre on April 15 and 16.

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