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Keith Urban makes return from vocal surgery

Keith Urban makes return from vocal surgery

February 4th, 2012 by CHRIS TALBOTT, AP Entertainment Writer in News

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Keith Urban is back.

The country star returned to the stage during The Grand Ole Opry on Friday night, hitting a few high notes in his first public appearance since vocal surgery late last year.

Urban let loose with a "Yeehaw!" after a standing-room only crowd at Ryman Auditorium leapt to its feet when he took the stage.

He played three songs and an unexpected encore. He was joined by a string quartet on "Long Hot Summer," then turned down the volume and sang "Making Memories of Us" microphone-free with the audience. His full band then joined him on stage for "You Gonna Fly" and "I Wanna Love Somebody Like You."

Urban didn't address the surgery while speaking with the crowd.

The 44-year-old Australian had a polyp removed from a vocal cord last November. His last public performance was at a taping for the "CMA Country Christmas" television special in mid-November. The surgery forced Urban to postpone the tail end of his 2011 tour and his "All For The Hall" benefit for the Country Music Hall of Fame. That star-studded event is now being held April 10.

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