Because Mr. Urban played the Opry on the 27th and made the occasion a time to publicly worship at the altar of Nicole Kidman. He had an opportunity to push his single, which is stalling on the charts, and kiss the Opry's provincial but powerful ass. He failed on both accounts. Yes, he sold out the Opry on a weekend when they don't generally sell out. Yes, he showed up and was prepared to play his two songs. There was some speculation that because the show wasn't going to be on TV that Kidman would stay home with her family and the baby; well, it didn't happen like that.
Keith came out and sang a lovely version of Sweet Thing - his attempt at Taylor and Miley type song-smithing. His voice was good; he looked okay; the crowd was into him. Then the jackass opened his mouth. Something to the effect that he was there because his wife asked him to call the Opry and ask to play because her family was in town, and they wanted to see him play at the Opry. Why the hell did he do this? Shut the hell up about that woman. Didn’t he complain in the past about hating to be invited to parties just to play like a ‘monkey on a stage’?
Dear reader, he is not a member of the Opry. He just called them up because Kidman decided he should? WTF? What was more likely was that he and his management wanted him to play the Opry to promote the struggling single and they gave him a number of dates from which to choose. But Keith doesn't want you to believe that; nope, the wife has the power to dictate when and where he is going to play. Why, oh, why?
Because he can't be anything other than supportive spouse right now. There I said it. I am not afraid. It doesn't mean he loves her or even likes her, but what was he supposed to do? The smart thing would be to ignore her and the marriage but this whole last week has been nothing but Nicole Kidman resident of Nashville, Tennessee week. We had sightings of her at bookstores buying last minute Christmas gifts. We saw Kidman, her parents, sister, niece and nephew and Keith walking all over Nashville. We had the Kidmans at lunch at a local Nashville restaurant on Christmas Eve. The report was that they seem so relaxed with one another. Why do they keep telling us that about them after almost four years? I don't get that; unless they really aren't relaxed with one another? We have the photos of Keith bogged down with a car seat and diaper bag and Kidman having a hard time swallowing her communion wafer after Christmas morning Mass. Then we had a sighting on Christmas Day at a local Nashville movie theater where they skipped the ticket line and went right into the theater. Nicole and Keith were accompanied by her father and niece and nephew again. But that occasion served a dual purpose because a local gossip column mistakenly said the kids were actually Bella and Connor. Guess someone needs to share that the Cruise children are actually older, and Connor is not so pale. But the seed was sown wasn't it? The day after Christmas we had a sighting of the Kidmans again enjoying the sights of Nashville.
Have you seen these pictures available on a French gossip sight? Keith looks not so terrific. Okay, he looks sad and wasted. Why? Was Christmas that tough? There are rumors that the Kidmans are living in two different residences these days. The farm and the big mansion. Are they together? And why after living in Nashville for this long are they touring historic houses? Oh, Kidman is showing how valuable she can be to the Nashville economy by highlighting the sights? New career, Nicole? Perhaps…or just more PR to get people's minds off what a failure you are? She is not going to fail at being a wife, is she?
I do hope that the Opry isn't a preview for the new tour. Dedicating a song to Kidman that he didn't even write; a song that was written for someone else's wife is just sad. If saying that her family was there when there have been no sightings of them there and only a brief sighting of Kidman leaving with Keith after the drudgery of his five song performance was over is any indication of the next few months, Urban is going to be as much of a loser as his wife.
Shut up and sing, Keith. And next time talk about yourself and not about those around you, even if they are paying your salary.