Keith Urban Honors First Responders at New Zealand Tour Stop


By Amanda Wicks

Even though Keith Urban was born in Australia, he has yet to perform in nearby New Zealand, but that will all change on Saturday (December 3rd) when his Ripcord Tour performs in Wellington. And to make the show more special, Urban is offering some of the country’s first responders a chance to attend for free.

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The country experienced a powerful 7.8 magnitude earthquake near the town of Kaikoura on November 14th. It devastated towns and left several thousand homeless (via New Zealand Herald News). When Urban heard about the disaster, he used his own money to purchase several blocks of tickets for those who responded and helped out.

“We cannot forget the incredible work of our first responders at the local Civil Defense, Emergency Services and Defense Force,” said Urban in a press release. “These courageous men and women answer the call without hesitation and represent the best of the human spirit.  I’m incredibly appreciative of not only what they did to protect everyone effected by the Kaikoura quake, but of what they do each and everyday – and so to have them come see us play and show them our appreciation is an honor.”

Urban only plays one night in New Zealand before heading to Australia for a string of dates.

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