Keith Urban Announces Extensive Graffiti U World Tour For 2018

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Country music icon Keith Urban has announced his extensive Graffiti U world tour for 2018 and teased the release of a new album later this year. The star unveiled the news at a packed-to-the-rafters small club show at Nashville’s Exit/in, where he played a free surprise show and also revealed that he has a new album, also titled, Graffiti U, in the works.

Spanning 58 shows in the US and Canada alone, the Graffiti U world tour will feature support from Kelsea Ballerini The name for the tour and album combines a couple of separate ideas that Urban found appealing.

“I was toying with the letter ‘U,'” Urban recently told Rolling Stone Country. “Obviously it’s the first letter of my last name, but I liked that when you say it, it’s also the word ‘You.’ For me, that’s the listener, that’s the audience.”

“The sound of words is a big thing to me – Ripcord was like that, Fuse was like that. Fuse and Ripcord denoted a certain kind of energy in the word to me,” he says. “‘Graffiti’ to me felt very uninhibited, artistic, liberated expression. ‘Graffiti’ to me is a blank canvas and pure artistic expression upon that.”

Details around the album, along with its release date, are still scarce, but Urban notes that it will be “very much cut from the Ripcord cloth,” in terms of both its studio-focused genesis and versatility for live shows. Following a live-streamed set of his hits – and a performance of Camila Cabello’s ‘Never Be the Same’ with Ballerini – Urban returned to the Exit/In stage to perform some of his new songs, including ‘Steal My Thunder’ and ‘Same Heart.’

Keith Urban plays the following North American dates on the Graffiti U world tour:

15 June: St. Louis, MO @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
16 June: Indianapolis, IN @ Ruoff Home Mortage Music Center
22 June: Clarkston, MI @ DTE Energy Music Theatre
23 June: Pittsburgh, PA @ KeyBank Pavilion
27 June: Saratoga Springs, NY @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center
29 June: Toronto, ON @ Budweiser Stage
30 June: Toronto, ON @ Budweiser Stage
5 July: Gilford, NH @ Bank of NH Pavilion
6 July: Gilford, NH @ Bank of NH Pavilion
8 July: Canandaigua, NY @ CMAC
13 July: Salt Lake City, UT @ USANA Amphitheatre
14 July: Denver, CO @ Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre
15 July: Albuquerque, NM @ Isleta Amphitheater
20 July: Mountain View, CA @ Shoreline Amphitheatre
21 July: Lake Tahoe, NV @ Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena at Harvey’s
22 July: Lake Tahoe, NV @ Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena at Harvey’s
27 July: Raleigh, NC @ Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek
28 July: Charlotte, NC @ PNC Music Pavilion
29 July: Alpharetta, GA @ Verizon Amphitheatre
3 August: Philadelphia, PA @ BB&T Pavilion
4 August: Mansfield, MA @ Xfinity Center
5 August: Bangor, ME @ Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion
10 August: Cleveland, OH @ Blossom Music Center
11 August: Bristow, VA @ Jiffy Lube Live
12 August: Virginia Beach, VA @ Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater
15 August: Rogers, AR @ Walmart AMP
17 August: Kansas City, MO @ Sprint Center
18 August: Chicago, IL @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
19 August: Cincinnati, OH @ Riverbend Music Center
24 August: Nashville, TN @ Bridgestone Arena
25 August: Orange Beach, AL @ The Wharf Amphitheater
26 August: Tuscaloosa, AL @ Tuscaloosa Amphitheater
7 September: Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun Arena
8 September: Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun Arena
14 September: Ottawa, ON @ Canadian Tire Centre
15 September: London, ON @ Budweiser Gardens
19 September: Winnipeg, MB @ Bell MTS Place
21 September: Saskatoon, SK @ SaskTel Centre
22 September: Edmonton, AB @ Rogers Place
23 September: Calgary, AB @ ScotiaBank Saddledome
25 September: Vancouver, BC @ Rogers Arena
27 September: Eugene, OR @ Matthew Knight Arena
28 September: Boise, ID @ Taco Bell Arena
29 September: Missoula, MT @ Adams Center
4 October: Phoenix, AZ @ Ak-Chin Pavilion
5 October: Laughlin, NV @ Laughlin Event Center
12 October: Peoria, IL @ Peoria Civic Center
13 October: Minneapolis, MN @ Target Center
14 October: Grand Forks, ND @ Ralph Engelstad Arena
18 October: Toledo, OH @ Huntington Center
19 October: Grand Rapids, MI @ Van Andel Arena
20 October: Louisville, KY @ KFC Yum! Center
24 October: Youngstown, OH @ Covelli Centre
25 October: Hershey, PA @ Giant Center
27 October: Brooklyn, NY @ Barclays Center
28 October: Charlottesville, VA @ John Paul Jones Arena
1 November: Little Rock, AR @ Verizon Arena
2 November: New Orleans, LA @ Smoothie King Center
3 November: Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Center

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