Fearless Tour

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Fearless Tour
Fearless Tour 2009.png
Tour by Taylor Swift
Associated album Fearless
Start date April 23, 2009 (2009-04-23)
End date July 10, 2010 (2010-07-10)
Legs 4
Shows
  • 7 in Australia
  • 1 in Asia
  • 6 in Europe
  • 108 in North America
  • 117 total
Box office $63.7 million ($68,896,920 in 2014 dollars[1])
Taylor Swift concert chronology
  • Fearless Tour
  • (2009–10)

The Fearless Tour was the debut concert tour by American singer-songwriter Taylor Swift. Also referred to as the Fearless Tour 2009, and the Fearless Tour 2010, the tour was launched in support of her second studio album, Fearless (2008). On the tour, she was joined by guests Kellie Pickler and Gloriana. Teen singer Justin Bieber joined her for the tour when she went to England in November 2009. During the tour, Swift performed with guests such as John Mayer, Katy Perry, and Faith Hill.It grossed $63,705,590 with 1,138,977 fans in attendance.[2]

Pre-tour activity[edit]

Swift performing "Tim McGraw" during the Fearless Tour in 2009

Prior to the launch of the tour, Swift played several shows in the US, including two sold-out performances at the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo and the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo in early 2009. Swift also played several dates in the UK and Australia, including two shows at the Shepherd's Bush Empire in London.[3]

Also, in the midst of her own tour, Swift began opening shows in select cities for Keith Urban on his Escape Together World Tour 2009.

About the tour[edit]

The tour was announced on January 29, 2009, via her official website.[4] The initial press release announced that Swift would visit 54 cities in 39 states and provinces in the United States and Canada. Joining her on the tour would be a new country music group, Gloriana, as well as former American Idol contestant, Kellie Pickler.

The tour kicked off in Evansville, Indiana on April 23, 2009 at Roberts Stadium. In honor of the kickoff of the sold-out tour, Swift was presented the key to the city of Evansville and the City Council President declared Wednesday, April 23, 2009 Taylor Swift Day.[5]

The tour features a theatrical presentation of graphics, sets and visual elements all designed by Swift herself. The show runs more than 90 minutes and showcases Swift playing five different guitars as well as the piano. The show features multiple costume changes and a fairy-tale castle illuminated by more than a million lumens of light.[4]

In late June, a new tour date was announced for November 23 at the Wembley Arena in London. However it become apparent that neither Kellie Pickler nor Gloriana would be joining her on the UK part of the tour. Taylor Swift announced another date in the UK at the Manchester Evening News Arena on November 24.[6] This was the final and second tour date in the UK. The shows at Wembley and Manchester will be the only two concerts for the Fearless Tour in Europe. It was announced later that singer Justin Bieber would join Swift on the two UK dates.[7] While performing at Wembley Arena, Bieber broke his foot while he performed the opening lines of "One Time", but still finished the song. Despite his injury, Bieber confirmed that he would still perform in Manchester with Swift the following day, although the Wembley concert was cut short as he could not perform the encore. Bieber then went on to perform at the Manchester performance with an encore, he sang "With You" a cover of the original version from Chris Brown. Following a 10 minute applause after she had sung "Tim McGraw", Swift told the Manchester audience "Everytime I hear the word Manchester, I won't be able to stop smiling...I love you!".[8] According to a German magazine, Swift was supposed to play three shows in Germany. However, tickets for those concerts never went on sale.

On September 30, it was announced that Swift would return to Australia in February 2010 to play another series of concerts, but now in arenas.[9] On October 8, it was announced that the tour would be extended through June 2, 2010 to include 37 additional shows in North America.[10] It has been confirmed that Justin Bieber will be performing at the Gillette Stadium on June 5, 2010 with Swift.[11]

Opening acts[edit]

Set list[edit]

Taylor Swift with Kellie Pickler and Gloriana performing in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in October 2009

Tour dates[edit]

List of concerts, showing date, city, country, and venue
Date City Country Venue
North America[12]
April 23, 2009 Evansville United States Roberts Stadium
April 24, 2009 Jonesboro Arkansas State University
April 25, 2009 St. Louis Scottrade Center
April 30, 2009 Charleston North Charleston Coliseum
May 1, 2009 Jacksonville Jacksonville Arena
May 2, 2009 Biloxi Mississippi Coast Coliseum
Europe[13]
May 6, 2009 London England Shepherd's Bush Empire
May 7, 2009
North America[12]
May 14, 2009 Spokane United States Spokane Arena
May 15, 2009 Seattle KeyArena
May 16, 2009 Portland Rose Garden
May 17, 2009 Nampa Idaho Center
May 21, 2009 Glendale Jobing.com Arena
May 22, 2009 Los Angeles Staples Center
May 23, 2009 Las Vegas Mandalay Bay
May 24, 2009 San Diego San Diego Sports Arena
May 26, 2009 Salt Lake City EnergySolutions Arena[citation needed]
June 4, 2009[a] Enterprise BamaJam
June 5, 2009[b] Cincinnati U.S. Bank Arena
June 6, 2009[b] Detroit The Palace of Auburn Hills
June 7, 2009[b] Ft. Wayne Memorial Coliseum
June 11, 2009 Columbia Merriweather Post Pavilion
June 12, 2009 Greensboro Greensboro Coliseum Complex
June 13, 2009[b] Atlanta Philips Arena
June 24, 2009[c] Oshkosh Country USA Festival
June 25, 2009[d] Cadott Chippewa Valley Country Fest
June 27, 2009[b] Des Moines Wells Fargo Arena
June 28, 2009[b] Moline iWireless Center
July 8, 2009 Calgary Canada Pengrowth Saddledome
July 9, 2009 Edmonton Commonwealth Stadium[citation needed]
July 10, 2009[e] Craven Craven Country Jamboree
July 11, 2009 Winnipeg MTS Centre
July 16, 2009[f] Twin Lakes United States Country Thunder Festival
July 17, 2009 Columbus Value City Arena[citation needed]
July 18, 2009 Charleston Charleston Civic Center
July 23, 2009[g] Cheyenne Cheyenne Frontier Days
July 24, 2009 Rapid City Rushmore Civic Center
July 25, 2009[h] Minot North Dakota State Fair
July 31, 2009[b] Boston TD Banknorth Garden
August 1, 2009[b] Philadelphia Wachovia Center
August 7, 2009[i] Detroit Lakes WE Fest
August 8, 2009[b] Kansas City Sprint Center
August 9, 2009 Omaha Qwest Center Omaha[citation needed]
Europe[citation needed]
August 22, 2009[j] Chelmsford England Hylands Park
August 23, 2009[j] Staffordshire Weston Park
North America[12]
August 27, 2009 New York City United States Madison Square Garden
August 28, 2009 Uncasville Mohegan Sun
August 29, 2009 University Park Bryce Jordan Center[citation needed]
August 30, 2009 Louisville Freedom Hall[citation needed]
September 3, 2009 Duluth Arena at Gwinnett Center[citation needed]
September 4, 2009 Greenville BI-LO Center[citation needed]
September 5, 2009 Charlotte TWC Arena
September 10, 2009 Lafayette Cajun Dome
September 11, 2009 Bossier City CenturyTel Center[citation needed]
September 12, 2009 Birmingham BJCC
September 14, 2009[citation needed] Nashville Sommet Center
September 25, 2009 Dallas American Airlines Center[citation needed]
September 26, 2009 North Little Rock Verizon Arena[citation needed]
September 27, 2009 Tulsa BOK Center[citation needed]
October 1, 2009 Pittsburgh Mellon Arena[citation needed]
October 2, 2009 Grand Rapids Van Andel Arena[citation needed]
October 3, 2009 Cleveland Quicken Loans Arena[citation needed]
October 8, 2009 Indianapolis Conseco Fieldhouse[citation needed]
October 9, 2009 Rosemont Allstate Arena[citation needed]
October 10, 2009 Minneapolis Target Center[citation needed]
Europe[14][15]
November 23, 2009 London England Wembley Arena
November 24, 2009 Manchester MEN Arena
Australia[16]
February 4, 2010 Brisbane Australia Brisbane Entertainment Centre
February 6, 2010 Sydney Sydney Acer Arena
February 7, 2010
February 8, 2010 Newcastle Newcastle Entertainment Centre
February 10, 2010 Melbourne Rod Laver Arena
February 11, 2010
February 12, 2010 Adelaide Adelaide Entertainment Centre
Asia[16]
February 17, 2010 Tokyo Japan Zepp
North America[16]
March 4, 2010 Tampa United States St. Pete Times Forum
March 5, 2010 Orlando Amway Arena
March 7, 2010 Sunrise BankAtlantic Center
March 10, 2010 Austin Frank Erwin Center
March 11, 2010 Dallas American Airlines Center
March 12, 2010 Corpus Christi American Bank Center
March 18, 2010 Philadelphia Wachovia Center
March 19, 2010
March 20, 2010 Charlottesville John Paul Jones Arena
March 26, 2010 Detroit The Palace of Auburn Hills
March 27, 2010
March 28, 2010 Cincinnati U.S. Bank Arena
March 31, 2010 Oklahoma City Ford Center
April 1, 2010 Wichita Intrust Bank Arena
April 2, 2010 Kansas City Sprint Center
April 6, 2010 Denver Pepsi Center
April 7, 2010
April 10, 2010 Fresno Save Mart Center
April 11, 2010 San Jose HP Pavilion at San Jose
April 15, 2010 Los Angeles Staples Center
April 16, 2010
April 29, 2010 Lexington Rupp Arena
April 30, 2010 Columbia Colonial Life Arena
May 1, 2010 Raleigh RBC Center
May 6, 2010 Des Moines Wells Fargo Arena
May 7, 2010 Saint Paul Xcel Energy Center
May 8, 2010 Moline iWireless Center
May 12, 2010 Newark Prudential Center
May 13, 2010
May 14, 2010 Uniondale Nassau Coliseum
May 15, 2010
May 20, 2010 Ottawa Canada Scotiabank Place
May 21, 2010 Toronto Air Canada Centre
May 22, 2010
May 25, 2010 Houston United States Toyota Center
May 26, 2010
May 29, 2010[k] Baton Rouge Bayou Country Superfest
June 1, 2010 Washington, D.C. Verizon Center
June 2, 2010
June 5, 2010 Foxborough Gillette Stadium
June 19, 2010 Atlantis The Bahamas Imperial Ballroom
July 10, 2010[l] Cavendish Canada Cavendish Beach Music Festival

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ This concert was a part of BamaJam.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i With Keith Urban
  3. ^ This concert was a part of the Country USA Festival.
  4. ^ This concert was a part of the Chippewa Valley Country Fest.
  5. ^ This concert was a part of the Craven Country Jamboree.
  6. ^ This concert was a part of the Country Thunder Festival.
  7. ^ This concert was a part of the Cheyenne Frontier Days.
  8. ^ This concert was a part of the North Dakota State Fair.
  9. ^ This concert was a part of the WE Fest.
  10. ^ a b This concert was part of the V Festival.
  11. ^ This concert was part of the Bayou Country Superfest.
  12. ^ This concert was part of the Cavendish Beach Music Festival.

Record sellouts[edit]

Tickets for the first shows for the Fearless Tour went on sale in early February 2009 and sold-out almost instantly. On February 6, 2009, tickets went on sale for the May 22 date at Los Angeles’ Staples Center and sold out in two minutes.[17] Tickets for several dates and venues, including Madison Square Garden, went on sale the following week and sold out in a record of one minute.[18][19][20][21][22] Swift did something that only a few music stars have done in Fresno that is selling out the Save Mart Center in "10 minutes or less" says Steve Tadlock.[23]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–2014. Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Retrieved February 27, 2014.
  2. ^ http://billboard.com/articles/photos/live/950374/taylor-swift-announces-speak-now-world-tour
  3. ^ "http://www.shineon-media.com/2009/05/07/taylor-swift-plays-shepherds-bush-empire/". Shine On Media. 2009-05-07. Retrieved 2009-06-28. 
  4. ^ a b "Taylor Swift, Billboard's Best-selling Artist of 2008 announces "FEARLESS 2009" Headlining Tour". Taylor Swift Press Releases. 2009-01-30. Retrieved 2009-06-28. [dead link]
  5. ^ "Taylor Swift Presented Key to the City of Evansville, Ind.". CMT. 2009-04-24. Retrieved 2009-06-28. 
  6. ^ "Taylor Swift adds second and last UK tour date.". Manchester Evening News Arena. 2009-08-20. Retrieved 2009-08-20. 
  7. ^ "Justin Bieber Joins Taylor Swift UK TOUR". 
  8. ^ http://newsroom.mtv.com/2009/11/24/justin-bieber-injury
  9. ^ http://www.thehothits.com/news/17333/taylor-swift-announces-2010-australian-tour!
  10. ^ http://www.taylorswift.com/tourpage.html
  11. ^ http://www.gillettestadium.com/event_calendar/index.cfm?ac=detail&eid=3648
  12. ^ a b c http://mtv.com/news/1606856/taylor-swift-announces-tour-dates
  13. ^ http://telegraph.co.uk/culture/music/rockandpopmusic/5202294/Taylor-Swift-the-19-year-old-country-music-star-conquering-America-and-now-Britain.html
  14. ^ http://telegraph.co.uk/culture/music/live-music-reviews/6645648/Taylor-Swift-at-Wembley-Arena-review.html
  15. ^ http://femalefirst.co.uk/music/reviews/Live+Review+Taylor+Swift+MEN+Arena-9861.html
  16. ^ a b c http://web.archive.org/web/20100714085929/http://www.taylorswift.com/tour
  17. ^ "Taylor Swift Sells Out LA's Staples Center in 2 Minutes". Big Machine Records. 2009-02-06. Retrieved 2009-02-16. 
  18. ^ "Swift Tickets Gone before Many Have a Chance to Buy". Tristate Homepage. 2009-02-13. Retrieved 2009-02-16. [dead link]
  19. ^ "Taylor Swift tickets gone in a flash". Courier Press. 2009-02-13. Retrieved 2009-02-16. 
  20. ^ "Taylor Swift Concert Tickets Sell Swiftly (Jonesboro, AR)". KAIT 8. 2009-02-14. Retrieved 2009-02-16. 
  21. ^ "Tickets go Swiftly into waiting hands". Sun Herald. 2009-02-13. Retrieved 2009-02-16. [dead link]
  22. ^ "Taylor Swift Show A Fast Sellout In Nyc". CJBK. 2009-03-17. Retrieved 2009-03-19. [dead link]
  23. ^ http://www.fresnobee.com/columnists/mike-osegueda/story/1699779.html

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