Keith Urban gets chatty before NFL performance, debut of new material

If Baltimore fans find it odd that the NFL has programmed a free concert in Baltimore while the Super Bowl champion Ravens play their season opener halfway across the country, performer Keith Urban finds his circumstances a little unusual, too.

"We've never played on a barge before," the country star said at a news conference Thursday, joking that the band would start doing entire barge tours next. Urban is to play a free concert on a floating stage in the Inner Harbor Thursday to kick off the start of the NFL season.


During a sound check, Urban and his bandmates played songs from Urban's upcoming album Fuse, including "Even The Stars Fall 4 You" and "Little Bit of Everything." Fuse is set to be released on Sept. 10.

The Australian singer-songwriter – who is also Mr. Nicole Kidman – had nice things to say about the exciting atmosphere of American football.

"I love that it's the start of the season," he said, noting that fans in high spirits makes playing fun.

Urban also predicted a winning performance by the Ravens.

"I think they're going to be great," he said.

Urban and his band will play in front of the Maryland Science Center.

During the sound check, cameras rolled from all angles. Two raised jumbotrons on either side of the stage provided a close-up of Urban's performance.

Tonight's concert marks the first time he'll be playing songs from Fuse in front of a live audience. Urban said he hopes the show will be full of surprises for the fans.