Today’s the day. Keith Urban wrapped up 2011 in a less-than-desirable way, having to reschedule shows and appearances for his vocal cord surgery. But tonight (Feb. 3) he returns in style, making his first performance after the operation on the Grand Ole Opry at the Ryman Auditorium.
“I’m really looking forward to being back on stage, and more specifically on the Opry stage,” he says. “When I was told earlier this week that the Ryman was going to start renovation on the stage after our show I thought, ‘you know, when we say we’re really gonna tear it up tonight, maybe they’re worried I mean it literally?”
So it’s a sort of cosmically perfect occurrence that his “You Gonna Fly” has just reached No. 1 on this today’s CountryBreakout Chart. The rhythm-heavy rocker offers words of affirmation and encouragement to a partner who’s had a rough go of it, saying “you better believe you’re gonna fly with me.”
Urban is hitting the ground running in 2012, including headlining the All For The Hall benefit for the Country Music Hall of Fame on April 10. Joining him will be Vince Gill, Alabama, Alison Krauss & Union Station, The Band Perry and many more. Urban will also return to Sydney in his Australian homeland to appear as a mentor on the Aussie version of popular show The Voice.