Watch Keith Urban Sing the Anthem Before Nashville Predators Playoff Game
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The Nashville Predators are in the Stanley Cup Playoffs Western Conference Final for the first time in the team’s history, and on Tuesday night (May 16), the team hosted its first game of the series vs. the Anaheim Ducks. To mark the momentous occasion, Keith Urban performed the National Anthem prior to puck drop.
Dressed in a Predators jersey — No. 17, with his last name on the back — Urban sang “The Star-Spangled Banner” a cappella. He bowed to the crowd to express his thanks before leaving the ice.
The Nashville Predators’ National Anthem singers during the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs have, thus far, all been country stars: Carrie Underwood and Luke Bryan sang the Anthem during the Preds’ two home Round 1 playoff games, while Little Big Town, Vince Gill and his daughters Jenny and Corinna and Lady Antebellum sang during Round 2.
Prior to Game 3, the Predators vs. Ducks series was tied at one. The Preds defeated the Chicago Blackhawks four games to none during their first Stanley Cup Playoffs series to advance to Round 2; they then defeated the St. Louis Blues four games to two in that series to advance to Round 3. Nashville’s series vs. Anaheim is the final set of games before the Stanley Cup Final.
Urban isn’t touring this summer, but he does have a few festival appearances lined up throughout the summer, including at the 2017 CMA Music Festival. In mid-April, he played a surprise club show in Music City.
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