Days before the Fourth of July, Keith Urban kicked off his two-song encore at this year’s Summerfest in Wisconsin with a souped-up version of “Tonight I Wanna Cry.” Country duo Dan + Shay, one of Urban’s two opening acts for the June 26th show, joined him onstage, with all three singers swapping verses and harmonies throughout the song.
A Top 5 hit for Urban in 2006, “Tonight I Wanna Cry” is a lonely man’s lament for the one who got away. With Dan Smyers and Shay Mooney on backup vocals, though, the Summerfest performance turned the song into something more collaborative, as though Urban had called up his buddies to console him after a bad breakup. A last-minute addition to the setlist, the harmony-heavy “Tonight I Wanna Cry” was whipped up during a quick rehearsal in the lounge of Urban’s bus, then premiered in front of a near-capacity crowd. (Watch the song’s rehearsal and performance above.)
No stranger to collaborations, Keith Urban recently scored Number 1 hits with two duets — “We Were Us,” with guest vocals by Miranda Lambert, and “Raise ‘Em Up,” a tag-teamed anthem with Eric Church — from 2013’s Fuse. Plans for a new album are already underway, with Urban’s newest single, “John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16,” leading the charge.
Urban is currently performing a string of dates in Canada, with a show in Quebec tonight. Dan + Shay are also in Canada, performing on Prince Edward Island, before heading to Chicago for this weekend’s Windy City Smokeout barbecue and music festival.