Even though “American Idol” soon will come to an end, there is no need to fret about the employment prospects of judge Keith Urban. After “Idol” wraps, he’s hitting the road for an extensive arena tour. As previously announced, that tour will stop at the Smoothie King Center on Oct. 15.
Tickets are $26.75 and $66.75 plus service charges and go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday via Ticketmaster.
The tour is in support of Urban’s forthcoming album “ripCORD.” That album has already yielded two hits, “John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16” and “Break On Me,” Urban’s 20th chart-topping single.
The bill for the tour also includes Brett Eldredge, who is touring in support of his second album, “Illinois,” which features the No. 1 single “Lose My Mind.” He was the Country Music Association’s New Artist of the Year for 2014.
Opening the show is newcomer Maren Morris, a singer-songwriter who is making her first bid for country chart success with “My Church.”
Also, Joe Walsh and Bad Company are bringing their co-headlining “One Hell of a Night” tour to Bold Sphere Music at Champions Square on May 26.
Tickets are $121 for reserved seats or $31 for general admission at the rear of the venue, plus service charges. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Saturday via Ticketmaster.
Walsh, whose distinctive voice, guitar and antics have graced both the James Gang and the Eagles, and Bad Company will alternate the closing slot throughout the tour. Bad Company is anchored by three members from its classic roster: vocalist Paul Rodgers, guitarist Mick Ralphs and drummer Simon Kirke. They’ll likely showcase such classic rock radio favorites as “Shooting Star,” “Rock ‘n’ Roll Fantasy,” “Can’t Get Enough of Your Love,” “Feel Like Makin’ Love” and “Bad Company.”
Walsh will trot out songs from throughout his career, from the James Gang’s “Rocky Mountain Way,” “Funk 49” and “Walk Away” to “Life’s Been Good to Me So Far,” “Life in the Fast Lane” and other standards he contributed to the Eagles.
For both concerts, which are being promoted by Live Nation Entertainment, tickets will be available before the public on-sale date via various presales. Check the Ticketmaster listings for each show for details.