Urban Plays Secret Santa Down Under
KEITH URBAN has been spreading festive cheer in Australia - the country star surprised a teenager with a $399 (£249) guitar pedal during a shopping trip in Brisbane.
The singer was looking for a new guitar in the city on Friday (18Dec09) following his concert at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre, and popped into the Tym Guitars music shop.
While Urban was picking out a new instrument, he spotted a young boy playing with a guitar pedal, and when he went to the counter to pay for his guitar he secretly granted the youngster's Christmas wish by buying him the expensive piece of equipment.
Shop worker Tym Brennan tells Australia's ABC Radio, "I look up and there's Keith Urban and his band, which was quite a shock obviously. He spent abut half an hour in the shop trying out guitars, and there was a kid sitting there trying out a fuzz pedal, which is an effect you get for a guitar.
"Keith came back down the counter and was chatting away and had picked out a guitar he liked. He had heard the kid trying out the pedal for some time and he just leaned over and whispered, 'How much is the pedal that kid's looking at?' I said, 'It's AUS$450, it's not a cheap one', and he just whispered, 'Put it on my card.'
"Obviously I was quite shocked. I said, 'Do you want me to tell him?', and he said, 'No, wait 'til I leave.'"
And Brennan admits the boy was stunned when he realised what had happened. He adds, "He looked at me several times blankly and sort of turned a bit white. After he settled down a bit he rang his dad on his mobile and said that Keith Urban had just bought him a Christmas present."