OFFSTAGE: Keith Urban Once Fired From Heavy Metal Band

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OFFSTAGE: Keith Urban Once Fired From Heavy Metal Band

Published on May 08, 2013 by CMT News

Keith Urban
(CMT Offstage keeps a 24/7 watch on everything that’s happening with country music artists behind the scenes and
out of the spotlight.)

If the band Fractured Mirror is still together, I’m sure they are kicking themselves for
throwing Keith Urban out of the band 30 years ago. Urban doesn’t seem to be all that bummed
about it, though. He told the story of his short-lived teenage
rock career
to Conan O’Brien on Monday’s (May 6) Conan. “I played in a rock band for about a week,” Urban admitted
of the stint when he was 15. At that point, he’d been playing guitar for nine years, but it was all country. “A friend of
mine was in a band,” Urban said. “And he wanted to be the singer, so he said, ‘I want you to be the guitar player.’ The band
was called Fractured Mirror, and it was a heavy metal band. They did Judas Priest, Scorpion and Black Sabbath. So I joined
the band, and I’ve got my Strat and my Marshall amp and everything.” The problem was that Urban had just discovered and fallen
in love with the recordings of Ricky Skaggs. “So we’d play a Judas Priest song, and they’d
throw me the solo, and I’m doing all these chicken pickin’ guitar solos,” he recalled. So the band fired Urban, he had his
first identity crisis, and then, well, we all know what happened after that.

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