By Bobby Tanzilo Senior Editor/Writer Published Dec 01, 2021 at 7:13 AM

Country star Keith Urban has announced more dates for the 2022 The Speed of Now World Tour and they include a Milwaukee performance.

The North American leg of the jaunt lands at the American Family Insurance Amphitheater on Aug. 28.

Ingrid Andress will open the show.

Tickets go on sale Friday, Dec. 10 at 10 a.m. at Ticketmaster and the Amp box office.

“Every night is the first time we’ve played these songs for that audience, in that moment,” said Urban in a statement.  “It’s why every show is different – spontaneous and unpredictable – even for us!” 

“After two years we’re finally gonna get the chance to play some of the new songs we haven’t done live before.  We’ll throw in a bunch of the songs that everyone comes to hear, a couple of which we’ll rework a bit, and it’s really gonna be tough to get us off the stage.”

The 50-date North American tour has been added to previously announced gigs in Europe and Australia.

“I’ve always considered myself a live performer first,” said Urban. “It’s what I’ve always done and it’s what my music needs to live and breathe.  Our shows are all about living in the moment.  They’re a totally interactive and immersive experience where everyone can participate in whatever way they want – sing, dance, do whatever.”

I guess it's time to start thinking about summer 2022 ... take that Wisconsin winter!

Bobby Tanzilo Senior Editor/Writer

Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., where he lived until he was 17, Bobby received his BA-Mass Communications from UWM in 1989 and has lived in Walker's Point, Bay View, Enderis Park, South Milwaukee and on the East Side.

He has published three non-fiction books in Italy – including one about an event in Milwaukee history, which was published in the U.S. in autumn 2010. Four more books, all about Milwaukee, have been published by The History Press.

With his most recent band, The Yell Leaders, Bobby released four LPs and had a songs featured in episodes of TV's "Party of Five" and "Dawson's Creek," and films in Japan, South America and the U.S. The Yell Leaders were named the best unsigned band in their region by VH-1 as part of its Rock Across America 1998 Tour. Most recently, the band contributed tracks to a UK vinyl/CD tribute to the Redskins and collaborated on a track with Italian novelist Enrico Remmert.

He's produced three installments of the "OMCD" series of local music compilations for and in 2007 produced a CD of Italian music and poetry.

In 2005, he was awarded the City of Asti's (Italy) Journalism Prize for his work focusing on that area. He has also won awards from the Milwaukee Press Club.

He has be heard on 88Nine Radio Milwaukee talking about his "Urban Spelunking" series of stories, in that station's most popular podcast.