Urban announces U.S. concert dates


Keith Urban will launch the North American leg of his world tour June 8 in Phoenix, marking his return to U.S. concert stages after undergoing treatment for alcohol abuse.

"I'm looking forward to getting back on the road, to reconnecting with everyone and to doing what it is that I love to do," he said in a statement released Thursday. "To finally be able to present the songs from 'Love, Pain (& and the whole crazy thing)' live, is something that I've been looking forward to doing since recording the album."

Other stops on the 33-city North American tour include San Diego, Los Angeles, Seattle, Vancouver, Las Vegas, Dallas, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Memphis, St. Louis, Houston and several other cities, according to the release.

Dates were not immediately available for most of the U.S. and Canadian concerts, but a complete schedule was expected to be posted on his Web site Thursday.

Tickets are set to begin going on sale Feb. 3, though advance tickets will be offered through his fan club and retailer Target.

Urban recently completed a three-month stay at the Betty Ford Clinic in Rancho Mirage, Calif., forcing him to delay the tour and promotional appearances for "Love, Pain & the whole crazy thing," his latest album.

On Monday, he posted a video on his Web site in which he praised his wife, actress Nicole Kidman, and thanked fans for their support.

Urban, who has publicly acknowledged a former addiction to cocaine, said he checked himself into the clinic on Oct. 19 for what he thought would be a 30-day visit.

He said he decided to stay for three months because he realized that learning to abstain was only part of the process to recovery.

Urban and Kidman, both 39, were wed last June in Australia, where both grew up. They live in Nashville.