Home Uncategorized Keith Urban: I ‘Did Nothing … for It Seemed Like an Eternity’...

Keith Urban: I ‘Did Nothing … for It Seemed Like an Eternity’ During Quarantine

Keith Urban was a lot like the average person when quarantine began. “I didn’t transition smoothly into this new way of doing things,” he confessed to CBS Sunday Morning’s Tracy Smith in a new interview.

And that wasn’t all. “I was gonna put my sweatpants on, sit on the couch, watch TV with the family, and wait ’til the whole thing blows over!” the country superstar, who’ll be hosting the ACM Awards on Wednesday (Sept. 16), added. “I just didn’t do anything! I just did nothing for it seemed like eternity for me.”

But it wasn’t long before Urban began doing livestream concerts from home, as did many other musicians who wanted to stay connected with fans as tours around the world were canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. By May, the country star was helping to kick off a new trend: the drive-in concert.

Urban played a drive-in show for Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s healthcare workers just outside Nashville May 14. “It actually resembled a tailgate party more than a drive-in,” he told Billboard afterward. “The only thing that’s changed is the tailgate party will now be the concert. We’ll just bring the stage out to them.”

A drive-in concert was something he hadn’t expected he’d ever do, he told Smith. “Didn’t have that on my list of things to do in life, but here we go,” he said. “I was so grateful that we were able to do it at all, and particularly grateful we got to do it for all the frontline workers.”

As for whether he thinks drive-in shows are the future of live concerts? “I hope not!” he laughed. “Please, no!”

Urban also opened up about how the pandemic impacted his upcoming album, The Speed of Now, Part 1, which drops Sept. 18. “There’s a chunk of this record, probably a good third of it that wouldn’t have happened without what we went through,” he explained to CBS’s Smith. “I would say I had 70 percent of the record finished, so some of these songs because of the times, from the times, and were even created during that period as well.”

And though things are still looking bleak with the number of coronavirus infections still growing by the thousands each day in the U.S., the musician is trying to look at the bright side. “I’m always hopeful. We will learn so much from this moment. And when this comes again and there’s no doubt it will at some point, we’ll be way better prepared for it,” he told Smith before sharing his thoughts about concerts going forward. “We’re always gonna play — somehow, some way, we’re gonna figure out how to do it.”

Check out his entire interview below, and watch Urban host the ACM Awards Wednesday (Sept. 16) on CBS at 8 p.m. ET. (The event is produced by dick clark productions, which shares a parent company with Billboard.)

Coronavirus

Must Read

IFPI’s Frances Moore, Alison Moyet Recognized In Queen’s Birthday Honours List

IFPI CEO Frances Moore and veteran singer and songwriter Alison Moyet are among the music industry figures celebrated in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List,...

Kurt Cobain’s Self-Portrait, Elton John’s Piano, Prince’s Guitar and More Items Nab Nearly $5M at Auction

A slew of items once owned by industry icons nabbed a total of nearly $5 million during a three-day auction organized by Julien’s Auctions,...

Olivia Rodrigo Makes U.K. Chart History

It’s an historic chart week in the U.K., where Olivia Rodrigo bags three Top 5 singles, including the leader with “Good 4 U” (Geffen). The...

Wolf Alice Snags U.K. No. 1 With ‘Blue Weekend’

Wolf Alice is the leader of the pack. After two No. 2 albums in the U.K., the indie-rock outfit goes one better with Blue Weekend...

Beyonce Wishes Twins Rumi and Sir a Happy Birthday

Beyoncé wrapped the weekend with a sweet birthday message to her 4-year-old twins. “What’s better than 1 gift… 2,” the homepage of her official website...