On the way: Keith Urban

Keith Urban's 2011 tour hits the Sprint Center on Aug. 19, 2011.

Tickets won't go on sale until mid-February.

The "Get Closer" 44-city arena tour kicks off June 16 in Mobile, Ala., and will also make stops in Atlanta, Los Angeles, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., and Nashville.

The tour will feature a new stage production and songs from his just-released sixth album "Get Closer," as well as some of his 11 No. 1 hits, including "Somebody Like You," ''Who Wouldn't Wanna Be Me," and "Better Life."

The multi-platinum country star said he is hitting the road with a schedule that gives him time to be with his wife, actress Nicole Kidman, and their 2-year-old daughter, Sunday Rose.

"The thing is with balance, it's never achieved. It's just maintained," Urban said of his family and career demands. "It's maintained based on Nic's and my ability to stay present and make the adjustments as we go."

Urban told The Associated Press that he purposely structures a tour so he's not gone for months at a time. He plays for two or three nights, goes home for a few days, then heads back out again.

Fans don't have to wait until August to see Urban play live. He'll perform at halftime of the Dallas Cowboys-New Orleans Saints game on Thanksgiving Day in Dallas, and he'll also tape an episode of "Oprah" Dec. 14 at the Sydney Opera House, with an air date TBA.

| Keith Robison, The Star; the Associated Press