Keith Urban Offered to Jump Out of George Strait’s Birthday Cake, But Strait Has Someone Else in Mind
In early April, Keith Urban helped country icon Loretta Lynn celebrate her upcoming 87th birthday by jumping out of a giant (fake) birthday cake during Lynn's birthday concert at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville. It was the fulfillment of a birthday wish from Lynn, but when Urban offered to reprise his performance for another country legend's big day, he turned him down.
Ahead of the 2019 ACM Awards, Urban told WGNA’s Brian & Chrissy in the Morning that, backstage at Lynn's big show, he was talking to George Strait, who expressed surprise at Urban's plans.
"He said, 'I can't believe you're jumping out of a cake!'" Urban recalls, adding that he then offered to do the same thing for Strait's 87th birthday (which, for those keeping score, won't be until 2039).
"He said, 'I think I'll have Lee Ann Womack do it,'" Urban recounts, "'but thank you.'"
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Both Urban and Strait performed at Lynn's birthday bash concert, which took place on April 1. The lineup for the event also included Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood, Miranda Lambert, the Pistol Annies, Alan Jackson, Kacey Musgraves, Margo Price, Brandy Clark, Darius Rucker, Little Big Town, Martina McBride and Jack White, among others.
Lynn will turn 87 on Sunday (April 14). She's been on the mend since she suffered a stroke in May of 2017, then broke her hip in January of 2018.
"I wasn't going to let it stop me," she tells People. "You just can’t sit down and say, 'Hey, take me.'"
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