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Keith Urban Remembers David Bowie: ‘He Was Leading the Charge’

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Keith Urban visited Sirius XM’s the Highway on Monday (Jan. 11), the same day the world learned of pop icon David Bowie’s death. The country star shared some of his feelings about the legend’s passing, speaking highly of Bowie. He noted in particular his individuality and ability to always be ahead of the curve.

“He was always leading the charge to the next thing we would all be trying to cop,” Urban remarked.

Urban went on to esteem Bowie’s creativity and unique musical choices that in turn inspired so many others to try to emulate.

“When you listen to songs now even like space oddity or changes, these are really complex, gorgeous exquisite songs that really set the template for a kind of pop song structure that is really hard to follow,” he added.

During the interview, Urban also unveiled information about his upcoming Ripcord Tour, named for his next album. The tour will kick off in June and run through November, hitting more than 50 cities along the way.

“I’m seriously chomping at the bit to kick off this tour,” Urban admits. “We’ll be playing a lot of new music from Ripcord, all new production, new cities where we’ve never played … and Brett Eldredge and Maren Morris? It’s gonna be potent and unbridled!”

Brett Eldredge and Maren Morris will be along for the ride, and the trio even performed an impressive impromptu cover of Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep” while on the Highway.

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