IF YOU GO
What: Keith Urban with Little Big Town, Justin Lynch
When: 7 p.m. Friday
Where: CenturyLink Center Omaha, 455 N. 10th St.
Tickets: $35 and $59.50 at Ticketmaster.com, the arena box office, Ticketmaster retail locations or by phone at 800-745-3000.
Information: Centurylinkcenteromaha.com or 402-341-1500
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Fans of Australian country star Keith Urban will find that he sounds a little different on his latest album, “Fuse.” He worked with different producers, different songwriters and even different instruments.
And on Friday, he'll kick off his “Light the Fuse” tour in Omaha.
“We've had a couple of very memorable shows here,” Urban told The World-Herald.
While he was in town as an “American Idol” judge, we met up with Urban to talk the new record and tour.
World-Herald: Why go with a different sound on “Fuse?”
Keith Urban: I've had the record in my head for quite a few years. I really think the answer lies in the vocal surgery I had in 2011. I think when that happened, it liberated my voice in a way that I hadn't had maybe ever in my life. I don't think it was any coincidence that was when I wanted to make that kind of record.
Does that make you approach the live show in a different way?
Yeah. We were starting to tweak the live show anyway. Then knowing the kind of record I was working on, I started to put together a show that was visually what I think the record was going to sound like.
The weird part was that the tour was going to start and I didn't have the songs yet. I bought the house without the furniture.
You have quite a collection of guitars. What's your favorite?
Man, I have so many favorites. I really do.
I have this 1954 Strat that I love. It's the first year Strat. I'm just right now getting my tech to swap out some pickups. A lot of the tonality of the guitar is in the neck and the wood. The pickups are great, but I think it would benefit from some hotter pickups. We're gonna try an experiment with that.
I'm going to gingerly take out the originals and keep them, and then hopefully start using that live.