From 'Idol' to tour, Urban has no time to idle
FILE - This Jan. 9, 2013 file photo shows Keith Urban at the "American Idol" premiere event at Royce Hall on the campus of UCLA in Los Angeles. Urban is a judge on the singing competition series airing Wednesdays and Thursdays on Fox. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP, file)
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Keith Urban's to-do list goes something like this: Provide the voice of reason on "American Idol," choose and record songs for a new album, plan a tour of outdoor venues and arenas that starts this summer, coordinate and learn songs for an upcoming fundraiser concert, fly back and forth to London where wife Nicole Kidman is shooting a film, and carve out the right amount of time with his two young daughters.
"There's a lot of creativity happening right now," Urban said in a phone interview Monday. "I'm also building a studio at my house, just for the heck of it. Why not? Let's do that, too. I had several meetings yesterday on a Sunday with various people, and it was like I'm choosing color fabrics for something or other and thinking about the song I've got to cut in the studio today. Dear Lord."
Some of the things that are keeping the 45-year-old Australian country music star-TV personality busy:
— "American Idol": Urban's not even through his first season on the Fox network singing competition, but he already knows he'd consider doing it again if asked. He's managed to navigate early tensions between fellow judges Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj, and says he's getting to know the real people behind the on-air personas of his fellow judges, a group that also includes Randy Jackson.
"Being on this panel, I love the color of it all — Nicki, Randy and Mariah," Urban said. "I like being on this panel. I like that we don't agree on everything. We come from different places. I think that's important."
— His new album: Urban never set a formal release date, but feels like he's falling behind. He plans lots of guests, so that's slowed things down as he's tried to integrate everyone's schedules. The album's release might not come until late summer.
— The "Light the Fuse" tour, starting July 18: There may be something a little different for those who hit one of his outdoor shows starting this summer, including his first trip to the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles. "There's a chance that we'll start the tour before the album comes out," Urban said. "So in a strange, weird way, people may be hearing songs off the new album live before they hear the album. That's never happened before, but that's where we are."