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Keith Urban Tour: Country Star and 'Idol' Judge to Promote New Album 'Fuse' by Playing Intimate Nashville Honky Tonks


Keith Urban will be hitting the road to tour in support of his new album "Fuse," but before he starts playing arenas, he'll be heading back to the "honky tonks" in Nashville, TN. Better get in line now however. In fact, by press time (Thursday), it's probably too late. 

Urban will play at three separate bars (affectionately known as honky tonks) on Friday night along lower Broadway in Nashville. All the sets will be very short, and all the venues will be very, very crowded. Urban will kick off the night with a 9:30 set at Legends, head over to Tootsie's Orchid Lounge at 9:55, and then wrap up at 10:20 at The Stage. The country star better have a solid security team if he expects to get by the crazy fans and paparazzi that'll be gathered outside, unable to get in. 

Urban began his career in country music by playing at similar gigs in his homeland of Australia, before moving to Nashville and taking up residence at similar honky tonks. 

If you aren't able to see Urban Friday night, he'll be wrapping up his "Light The Fuse" tour in Nashville on February 1, playing at the much larger Bridgestone Arena. 

Urban will be performing (of sorts) for a much larger audience later this year, even if it's not musically. The country star confirmed long ago that he would be returning for at least one more season as a judge at "American Idol." Earlier in the week it was confirmed that Jennifer Lopez would return after one year in absentia to resume her seat as a judge, and that Harry Connick Jr. would debut as the third judge. 

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