Keith Urban Talks Touring, Loving AC/DC and Working With Richard Marx
While touring to support his 2010 album 'Get Closer,' Keith Urban said he wanted to make an effort to literally get closer to fans. So, the musician had a stage constructed that allows him to mingle with the crowd, as well as smaller, more intimate stages interspersed throughout each venue. "This tour is about making a real connection with the audience, finding a way to engage with everybody that doesn‚Äôt always rely on massive video walls," he told Taste of Country.
Urban also credited fellow Australian musicians AC/DC with inspiring the driving beat behind his new single 'Long Hot Summer.' "It‚Äôs probably my AC/DC upbringing. I‚Äôve always loved 4/4 tunes that are four-on-the-floor and just really want to rock," he said.
Urban said that working with Richard Marx, the co-author of the single, was effortless and a "no brainer." "Like me, he loves a huge singalong chorus and a song that makes you want to turn it up and blast it," he said.