Country music superstar Keith Urban.
Country music superstar Keith Urban. Contributed

Urban is back

QUEENSLAND'S prodigal son will return in December with two very special concerts when Keith Urban brings his Escape Together World Tour to the Brisbane Entertainment Centre.

It has been two years since Urban has performed to a home crowd and we caught up with the star to find out about his excitement at coming home.

“It's more apparent when I go back and perform there but there is a thing about Brisbane that really prepared me for Nashville,” he said.

“It's a city but it is really a big, big town.

“Brisbane was a great training ground and it really prepared me for American audiences who don't give a shit.”

There is no risk of those sentiments when he lands in Australia in December for shows in Sydney, Melbourne and Wollongong before making his way to the sunshine state.

And fans of the country rocker who see him during his Brisbane dates are in for a very special show with the two Brisbane performances also marking the end of his huge worldwide tour.

“The set list has stayed fairly consistent on this tour but the Brizzy shows will be a particularly good night to jam,” he said.

Renowned for his wild live shows and unexpected antics during his sets, Urban promises fans the chance to get nice and close during his latest tour with the stage lowered and no barriers between audience and stage.

“I wanted to try and get more of an intimate vibe in the arenas; the stage just melts into the area floor,” he said.

“I love it when people are leaning on the stage.”

Urban began his career in Caboolture, performing with his first band at the age of 12.

He left school at 15 and went on to win Toyota Star Maker, an award that still holds a very special place in his heart.

“Out of all the awards, Star Maker is the single one that most sticks in my mind,” he said.

“It was the one that really got everything moving, the record deal, the publishing deal.”

Since then, he has gone on to release eight studio albums, won four ARIA awards, a Grammy and a swag of country music awards.

Urban will conclude is world tour in Brisbane on December 18 and 19. Tickets are available through Ticketek on 132 849 or

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