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The 40th American Music Awards - Arrivals

The 40th American Music Awards - Arrivals

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CARRIE UNDERWOOD

WITH HUNTER HAYES

When: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday

Where: United Center, 1901 W. Madison

Tickets: $43-$65

Info: (312) 745-3000; www.ticketmaster.com

Updated: January 10, 2013 6:15AM



NASHVILLE, Tenn. — It’s getting harder and harder for Carrie Underwood to leave home.

The 50-plus-date U.S. leg of her “Blown Away” tour (coming to the United Center on Wednesday) means months and months away from her husband, Mike Fisher, a star with the NHL’s Nashville Predators.

The two spent much of their early relationship apart, but now that they’ve been together since Fisher moved from Ottawa, Canada, to Nashville, walking out the door has become somewhat more traumatic — though the couple got more time together because of ongoing NHL labor negotiations.

“I was like, ‘Is it wrong to hope for a little bit of a walkout?’ ” Underwood joked. “I’m not sure. I’m feeling kind of happy that they’re still in negotiations. Sorry.”

The “American Idol” champion recently signed on to star in a live NBC broadcast of “The Sound of Music” late next year.

Q. On your last tour you flew over the crowd in a pickup truck. How do you top that?

A. [It will be] definitely spectacular, kind of producing the same results. But I really love to get to the back of arenas. On the stage you can see the first few rows, but then after that it’s just kind of noise. And being able to put faces to an audience has been really cool. So that was important to me to be able to do something like that again.

Q. Were you aiming for a certain feel for this tour?

A. Everything is very dramatic. I feel like the album, the “Blown Away” album, was really visual, really dramatic, and we definitely carry that into the show. We have obviously our slower moments. It can’t be tense and dramatic all the time. It really is a little spectacle. We have a lot of weather-related things going on in the show. We really start off kind of heavy and a bit tumultuous.

Q. You recently joined Twitter after years of resisting. How do you like it?

A. I kind of wish I was a better Twitterer (laughs). I do think it’s such a useful tool and it allows us to just be able to get information straight from the horse’s mouth. It’s really great sometimes. And it’s fun. I feel like some people that I know who are super into it are really into it, and I don’t know if I want to be quite like that.

Q. Have there been any negatives that you were worried about?

A. No complaints or anything like that. There’s always going to be people that don’t like you or whatever. If you’re on Twitter or you’re on Facebook, you’re going to get it no matter what you do. So I feel like I’ve gotten better over the years, definitely better with handling stuff like that. That’s what the block button is for, right?

AP



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