July 28, 2010

Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman Updates 07/28/10


Take a listen as Keith figures out the guitar riff for a new song.


Country Weekly

Keith & The Kids

published July 27, 2010 by Ken Tucker

Ever dream of jamming with Keith Urban? Some lucky campers got the chance.

On July 23, Keith, a three-time Grammy award winner himself, headlined the Grammy Foundation's signature benefit Starry Night concert at the LA Tennis Center at the University of California, Los Angeles.
Keith Urban poses with the GRAMMY Campers
at the GRAMMY Foundation’s Starry Night benefitphoto by WIREIMAGE.COM

As part of Keith's sold-out, two-hour concert, six Grammy Camp participants were called up to the stage to perform his No. 1 hit "Days Go By." Katie Gavin of Winnetka, Ill., Savannah Meares of Santa Barbara, Calif., and Brenna Miles of La Canada Flintridge, Calif., sang background vocals; India Pascucci of Burbank, Calif., played drums; and guitarist Kristen Castro of Simi Valley, Calif., and violinist Kevin Schwarzwald of Pacific Palisades, Calif., were both featured with solos during the song.

"Having those kids onstage with us on Friday really serves as a reminder of what is possible when you're lucky enough to find your passion," Keith said in a statement after the performance. "I was so impressed by their talent and their obvious love for playing."

The kids first met Keith onstage prior to the concert during his afternoon soundcheck, when he and his band worked with the campers to put the finishing touches on their performance.


Keith Urban Encourages Kids to Be Real Guitar Heroes

* Posted Jul 26th 2010 1:00PM by Donna Hughes

Jordan Strauss, WireImage
Keith Urban was in Los Angeles on Friday (July 23) to headline the Grammy Foundation's Starry Night show, which benefits the Grammy in the Schools music education programs for high school students. Keith says it's very important to have music programs in schools, and notes that one of the reasons he wanted to lend his time and talents to the program was because of his life-changing relationship with music.

"I feel really fortunate that I got to start at such a young age," Keith explains to The Boot. "I was six when I started playing guitar and devote the 10,000-hour[s it generally takes to learn how to play]. I was able to rack that up at a good age and get professional at what I did ... I was impacted by, first of all, having an opportunity to play an instrument, which a lot of kids can do, but they don't have any access to instruments. And then if they do, they don't have access to teachers, they don't have environments that really foster that focus."

With the loss of music programs in many schools, Keith feels very strongly about raising money and awareness to assist children in pursuing a love affair with an instrument and finding places where they can develop and nurture their passion. "There's a lot of talented kids that are just looking for that place where they can apply their being to," he says. "They're sort of born to be a guitar player, born to be a piano player, fiddle, sax, whatever it is. And all they have to do is find an instrument, and then they're off to the races ... I'm passionate about continuing that at schools where the funding cuts off the arts and the dramas."

The saucy Aussie also feels passionate about kids actually practicing a real instrument as opposed to video games, and to actually create as opposed to imitate. "It's really important for the kids to put in the time," states Keith. "Right now, we're seeing a lot of kids with 'Guitar Hero,' and I'm not dissing 'Guitar Hero,' but it's not a great use of hours and hours and hours of time ... it's not about 'I've got to create. I want to create. I'm an artist, and I want to create.' Hopefully, getting involved in this [program] will allow kids to be able to create and have the right thrust for this."

Next, Keith will take his passion to the Mid-State Fair in Paso Robles, Ca., on Wednesday, July 28.



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"I'm In" Keith's current single, moved up to the #4 spot on the Mediabase charts!



It was reported Cameron Diaz bought a home in Los Angeles in the same neighborhood as Keith and Nicole. Those really in the know know the Urbans have a home there (despite the skeptics' lies) and it's the same community as a very famous older American actress whose residence has been known for years! Haters, you have no clue!

And speaking of having no clue, there's nomorefan!

Nicole and Keith were spotted seeing Salt, the new movie with Angelina Jolie


nomorefan: The paps knew to hang out at some random movie theater in Sherman Oaks . . . yea right!

Clearly nomorefan doesn't know anything about LA. The theater was at the Sherman Oaks Galleria, a large shopping complex where celebrities are photographed. How uninformed can one poster be? If you think a cd should cost as much as a kitchen appliance, Kate Spade sunglasses, or a laptop, you might be as dense as nomorefan!

Or you might be as idiotic. For example, E! tried to make issue of the dress Nicole wore to the movies but the readers weren't having any of it!

Caption Nicole Kidman's Granny Style

Normally we don't read E's "fashion" pages but a reader sent this in and we knew the skeptics would love to see the results, especially immature Mimosa.

Mimosa thinks every tweet about Nicole and Keith is coming from Nashville. If she's too dense to figure out how to tell where the tweets are coming from well we can't help her.

But here's a great tweet from the Co-Director of the Toronto Film Festival. He was comparing TIFF films to drinks

cameron_tiff: RABBIT HOLE = pinot noir about 11 hours ago via web

But here's some more tweets from "Nashville"! Enjoy!

jvhdior: Sitting next to Nicole Kidman at the fountain coffee shop at the BHH. Love my life. #fancyallthetime 2:31 PM Jul 26th via UberTwitter

johnnywaiver: In line for Keith Urban Concert. (@ Bradley Center) http://4sq.com/6s3tq7 about 13 hours ago via foursquare

nsure_nvest: Enjoying Keith Urban in concert in Milwaukee with 10,000 of my Northwestern Mutual buddies! about 12 hours ago via Twitter for BlackBerry®

TyMatthews: Keith Urban is doing work in Milwaukee. The energy is contaigious http://twitpic.com/29b62a about 10 hours ago via Twitpic

mwholbrook: Got done with a private Keith Urban concert for Northwestern Mutual. I underestimated your talent as a musician. I apologize & am now a fan. about 8 hours ago via web

ClayWalker: @KeithUrban i didn't know u were still a teenager...LOL...how's the little "BEE"...cw about 8 hours ago via web in reply to KeithUrban


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