Keith Urban Says Garth Brooks Tour Will Be Phenomenal

It seems like, for so many years, country artists would always have the same list of influences: Merle Haggard, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson and both Hank Williams and Hank Williams Jr.

Then, as newer (and often younger) artists were signing record deals, they had a new set of influences. It was always a lot of 90s country. And it always included Garth Brooks.

Even for Keith Urban, Brooks was a big part of his world when he first came to Nashville. By 1992, when Urban moved to Music City USA, Brooks had already had nine No. 1 hits.

And now that Urban will be touring around the same time as Brooks, he knows exactly what kind of competition he’s up against.

“You won’t find a country artist who thinks that’s not the case,” Urban told ABC News Radio about how Brooks is raising the stakes in terms of a live concert experience. “We all know that. It’s Garth, you know? He hasn’t toured in 13 years.”

Urban added that he has some pretty high expectations of the Brooks comeback tour.

“So, the anticipation and expectation — all of that’s phenomenal. He’s a phenomenal live performer,” Urban said. “People know that. It’s gonna be a behemoth tour for sure.”

Urban also used these three little words to describe Brooks: “creative,” “original” and “icon.”

When Brooks’ tour kicks off in Chicago in early September, Urban will be all the way out west doing his own Raise ’Em Up shows with Jerrod Niemann and Brett Eldredge in California.