Woody: Stop for Keith Urban
By LARRY WOODY
Today, amid the floods, fires, famines and assorted other minor distractions, but Keith Urban got a haircut.
A Nashville TV station did a story about it -- it got a scoop on the snip.
As anchor-persons like to say, looking gravely into the camera: "Channel so-and-so has learned ..."
It's pressurized decisions like that for which news directors get paid big bucks.
Once the story broke about the haircut -- and Keith Urban didn't deny it -- other media outlets quickly picked up on it.
My favorite was a man-on-the street segment: "Can you tell us you name, sir, and what you think about Keith Urban's new 'doo?"
I understand that The National Enquirer smuggled a camera inside the barber shop for some "special secret photos" of the haircut in progress. The paper plans to run the pictures alongside some pix of Nicole Kidman (Mrs. Urban) cavorting in a skimpy bikini in the Cancun surf, with a headline:
"While Keith Snips, Nicole Dips!"
Hey, it sells papers.
Although the TV station evidently couldn't get a shot of actual haircut, and had to settle for a photo of the vacant barber chair WHERE KEITH URBAN REPORTEDLY SAT, it was able procure a before-and-after shot of Keith.
In the "before" shot he has long, shaggy hair hanging down in his face.
By all accounts he's a talented and popular entertainer, although I must confess I haven't listened to much "popular music" since the Bee Gees retired and I put my glowing-plutonium Leisure Suit in mothballs.
But judging from the play it received, TV news believes it scored a journalistic coup when it broke the news about Keith's haircut.
I can't wait for the exciting sequel: "Keith Urban gets a shave! Live report at 10!"