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Grammy-winning country star Keith Urban takes world tour to Giant Center in Hershey on Oct. 25

Grammy-winning country star Keith Urban takes world tour to Giant Center in Hershey on Oct. 25
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From a press release:

Multi-platinum country star and four-time Grammy Award winner Keith Urban will bring his Graffiti U World Tour to the Giant Center in Hershey on Thursday, Oct. 25 at 7:30 p.m. with special guest Kelsea Ballerini.

The New Zealand Australian singer/songwriter’s shows have become concert events that electrify. They’re unexpected, if not unpredictable, and have been hailed by media around the world as a “concert experience not to be missed.” This tour will feature many of Urban’s 23 No. 1 songs, as well as brand new songs that have never been performed live and an all-new concert production that promises to be as spectacular as never before.

Tickets, which are $41.85, $67.60, and $98.85, plus fees, go on sale next Friday, March 16 at 10 a.m. and will be available at the Giant Center box office (550 Hersheypark Dr., Hershey), online at and, and by phone at 717-534-3911 or 800-745-3000.

At an unannounced pop-up show for 350 lucky fans that poured out onto the streets of Nashville in January, Keith Urban enlisted his fans to officially announce his 2018 Graffiti U World Tour and also took the opportunity to reveal that his forthcoming album will be called “Graffiti U.” The fans took center stage for the tour announcement – a live streamed event that saw them during the feed, in cities across the country, announcing the “Graffiti U World Tour 2018” on white poster boards.

“I’ve been full-on writing, recording, collaborating, and creating with some incredibly talented people for ‘Graffiti U,’ a lot of whom I’ve never worked with before,” said Urban. “I can hear how some of the songs will translate live already, which really makes putting on a new show so exhilarating, and I loved having our fans included in the announcement of the tour because it’s their tour too.”

The 58-city tour will kick off on June 15 at St. Louis’s Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre and will include 10 shows in Canada as well as visits to cities in Nevada, Oregon, Alabama, and Arkansas that Urban has yet to headline.

“I remember hearing Keith Urban songs that stopped me in my tracks and made me want to drop everything and chase that kind of lyric and heart filled artistry,” says Ballerini. “He’s the best in the business, and I can’t wait to fangirl and learn from him this year. Truly an honor to tour with him.”

His fifth consecutive platinum or multi-platinum album, “Ripcord,” marked the second time that one of his albums debuted simultaneously atop the all-genre charts in the U.S., Canada, and Australia. He is the only male country artist to achieve this mark, not just once, but twice. Producing No. 1 songs like “Wasted Time,” “John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16,” and “Break on Me,” it left Urban’s streak as the artist with the most consecutive Top 10 songs on Billboard’s Country Airplay Chart (37) well in tact, a streak that started in August of 2000.

In 2001, the Country Music Association honored Urban with its Horizon Award. He was the first Horizon Award winner in history to go on to win the CMA’s Male Vocalist of the Year, a title he’s captured three times, and the coveted Entertainer of the Year. Since then, Urban’s career has seen a long list of groundbreaking firsts and accomplishments reserved for the music industry’s elite.

The 2015 CMA Awards brought Urban his third win for Vocal Event of the Year (“Raise ‘Em Up” featuring Eric Church). It marked the first time in history that any artist has received the award in three consecutive years. He also remains the only country artist to have ever served as an “American Idol” judge.

Besides his four Grammy Awards, Urban has won 10 Country Music Association Awards, 11 Academy of Country Music Awards, a People’s Choice and an American Music Award, and has been nominated for a Golden Globe. He is a member of the Grand Ole Opry.

Urban’s reputation as a premier songwriter, vocalist, musician, and virtuoso guitarist has afforded him the opportunity to collaborate with the likes of The Rolling Stones, John Mayer, Steven Tyler, Miranda Lambert, John Mellencamp, Alicia Keys, Tim McGraw, Taylor Swift, Vince Gill, and Eric Church.

Urban has long supported numerous charities His “All for the Hall” benefit concerts for the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum have raised over $2.6 million. He is the first ambassador of the CMA Foundation, an advisory board member at the St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, and a longtime supporter of the Mr. Holland’s Opus Fund and the Grammy Foundation. In 2013, he introduced his new Urban Guitar Collection via HSN, proceeds of which benefit both the Grammy Foundation and Mr. Holland’s Opus Fund.

The wristband policy will be in effect for this event. Fans are permitted on the Hersheypark Entertainment Complex property beginning at 7 a.m. on March 16. Two hours prior to the on-sale, fans will be directed in front of Giant Center box office, where they will be issued a numbered wristband. Wristbands are available for one hour and, at the conclusion of that hour, a selected fan will randomly choose a wristband that will determine the line order.