Keith Urban adheres to the show business adage that the show must go on. However, when the weather disagreed Thursday (Sept. 12), a grounded flight in New York City forced him to postpone a concert in Cleveland.
Urban was in New York for a series of media appearances to promote his new album, Fuse. However, when it came time to head to Cleveland, he was unable to leave because of continued rain and lightning that kept planes grounded all day.
Opening acts Little Big Town and Dustin Lynch played extended sets while fans and the concert promoter waited to see whether Urban would make it to the Blossom Music Center. According to the Cleveland Plain Dealer newspaper, Urban’s band was already at the amphitheater and ready to play a full set despite the venue’s 11 p.m. curfew.
When Urban finally faced the fact his flight wasn’t leaving New York, he sent a video message that was played to the fans. In apologizing, he promised to perform Sunday night at the outdoor venue.
“We can’t play tonight, guys,” Urban said while standing in a waiting area at a New York airport. “We’re really, really sorry. I want to thank Dustin and LBT for killing it tonight. … But we can come back this Sunday night. If you can join us, come back because we’re going to play way longer than we would have tonight. It’s all we can do to make it up to you.”
Urban’s Light the Fuse tour with Little Big Town and Lynch continues Friday in Burgettstown, Pa., and Saturday in Camden, N.J.