Urban wraps Aussie tour
Thursday, February 7, 2013
– Keith Urban wrapped his seven-date sold-out Australian Tour this week with a final performance, his third at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre.
The show, which had been rescheduled after the devastating floods in Queensland forced it to be postponed twice, was highlighted by Urban acknowledging the contribution of volunteers by inviting 15 from the SES, Surf Lifesaving Qld and the Red Cross to join him on stage.
Urban returns to the studio this weekend, before presenting at the Grammy Awards on Sunday. Taping for American Idol, on which Urban is a judge, continues this month.
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