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Urban kicks off tour

Tuesday, June 21, 2011 – Keith Urban started his "Get Closer 2011 World Tour" kicked off the more than 50-city run in Biloxi, Miss. last week with a three-hour show.

The tour is in support of his sixth CD "Get Closer" with an all new stage production featuring a main stage as well as four smaller platforms.

Urban also stopped in Jacksonville and Tampa Bay. Urban walked through the audience, brought fans up on stage and gave out a signed guitar to one lucky audience member.

Urban's live set featured his newest single Long Hot Summer, which ships to radio today and his 12th number 1 song Without You.

Jake Owen will appear on all U.S. dates, while the Canadian leg in July will feature The Band Perry.

Tour dates are:
June 16 Biloxi, MS MS Coast Coliseum
June 17 Jacksonville, FL Veterans Memorial Arena
June 18 Tampa, FL St. Pete Times Forum
June 23 Columbia, SC Colonial Life Arena
June 24 Charlotte, NC Time Warner Cable Arena
June 25 Raleigh, NC RBC Center
June 29 St. Louis, MO Scottrade Center
June 30 Moline, IL i Wireless Center
July 7 Hershey, PA Giant Center
July 8 Boston, MA TD Garden
July 9 Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun Arena
July 10 Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun Arena
July 14 Newark, NJ Prudential Center
July 15 Philadelphia, PA Wells Fargo Center
July 16 Albany, NY Times Union Arena
July 19 Columbus, OH Nationwide Arena
July 21 Cleveland, OH Quicken Loans Arena
July 22 Grand Rapids, MI Van Andel Arena
July 23 Detroit, MI The Palace of Auburn Hills
July 26 Hampton, VA Hampton Coliseum
July 28 Washington, DC Verizon Center
July 29 Toledo, OH Huntington Center
July 31 Ft. Wayne, IN Memorial Coliseum
Aug. 4 -5 Atlanta, GA Gwinnett Center
Aug. 6 Nashville, TN Bridgestone Arena
Aug. 11 Cincinnati, OH US Bank Arena
Aug. 12 Knoxville, TN Thompson Boling Arena
Aug. 13 Augusta, GA James Brown Arena
Aug. 16 Wichita, KS Intrust Bank Arena
Aug. 18 Tulsa, OK BOK Center
Aug. 19 Kansas City, MO Sprint Center
Aug. 20 Omaha, NE Qwest Center
Aug. 25 Jonesboro, AR ASU Convocation Center
Aug. 26 Tupelo, MS Bancorpsouth Arena
Aug. 27 Lafayette, LA Cajundome
Aug. 28 Dallas, TX American Airlines Center
Sept. 8 Buffalo, NY HSBC Arena
Sept. 9 Ottawa, ONT Scotiabank Place
Sept. 10 Toronto, ONT Air Canada Centre
Sept. 12 London, ONT John Labatt Centre
Sept. 15 Winnipeg, MAN MTS Centre
Sept. 16 Regina, SAS Brandt Centre
Sept. 17 Regina, SAS Brandt Centre
Sept. 18 Saskatoon, SAS Credit Union Centre
Sept. 21 Edmonton, ALB Rexall Place
Sept. 23 Calgary, ALB Scotiabank Saddledome
Sept. 24 Penticton, BC S. Okanagan Events Centre
Sept. 26 Vancouver, BC Rogers Arena
Sept. 29 Seattle, WA KeyArena
Oct. 1 San Jose, CA HP Pavilion
Oct. 2 Sacramento, CA ARCO Arena
Oct. 4 Fresno, CA Save Mart Center
Oct. 8 Los Angeles, CA Staples Center
Oct. 11 Denver, CO Pepsi Center
Oct. 13 Milwaukee, WI Bradley Center
Oct. 14 Chicago, IL Allstate Arena
Oct. 15 Minneapolis, MN Target Center

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