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Fearless Tour
Taylor Swift's Fearless Tour.jpg
Promotional Poster for the tour.
Promotional tour by Taylor Swift
Supporting album Fearless
Start date April 23, 2009
End date June 5, 2010
Legs 3
Shows 90 in North America
6 in United Kingdom
8 in Australia
1 in Japan
105 in total
Taylor Swift tour chronology
- Fearless Tour
(2009/2010)
-

The Fearless Tour (also known as The Fearless 2009 Tour and The Fearless 2010 Tour) is the first headlining concert tour by country music singer Taylor Swift. The tour is in support of her award-winning, quintuple-platinum album Fearless. On the tour, she is joined by special guests Kellie Pickler and Gloriana. Singer Justin Bieber joined her for the tour when it returned for a second-UK leg. The tour has been a massive success, becoming one of the most attended tours of 2009, with all dates in all 50 cities being sold out.

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Pre-tour activity

Prior to the launch of the tour, Swift played three headlining shows in the US, including a sold-out performance in front of nearly 71,000 fans at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo in March 2009. Swift also played several dates in the UK and Australia, including two sold-out shows at the Shepherd's Bush Empire in London.[1]

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

About the tour

The tour was announced on January 30, 2009, via her official website.[2] 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 her good personal friend, and 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.[3]

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 has become apparent that neither Kellie Pickler nor Gloriana will be joining her on the UK part of the tour. Due to the success of Fearless, Taylor Swift decided to announce another date in the UK at the Manchester Evening News Arena on November 24.[5] This was the final and second tour date in the UK. The two shows at Wembley and Manchester will be the only two shows for the Fearless Tour in Europe. It was announced later that singer Justin Bieber would join Swift on the two UK dates[6] While performing at Wembley Arena, Swift received a six-minute standing ovation from the audience, and Bieber was reported to have broken his foot while he performed "One Time" during his opening. 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. Swift received a ten-minute standing ovation during the Manchester performance.[7]

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.[8] On October 8, it was announced that the tour would be extended through June 2, 2010 to include 37 additional shows in North America.[9]

Review of show

Taylor rises on an elevator, while her and all of her band members are wearing band uniforms. Her backup dancers remove it halfway through the opening number, "You Belong With Me", and underneath is a black and white fringe dress. Then, she straps on a guitar to play "Our Song". After welcoming the audience to the Fearless Tour and telling them what they've taught her over the past few years, she sings "Tell Me Why". A desk rises onstage with one of her dancers sitting at a desk working on an assignment at school, he is playing Drew, and Taylor sits down at the desk right next to him and they act out the song "Teardrops On My Guitar". After playing Fearless, a video plays as Taylor changes into a red sundress to perform "Forever and Always". She rises onstage in a red chair and halfway through the song, she throws the chair.

After that song is over, the "Crimes of Passion" video is played, and Taylor surprises the crowd in the 100 section of the arena by performing "Hey Stephen" right in the aisle, wearing a blue dress. Halfway through the song, she walks through the crowd giving hugs and touching hands as she makes her way to the floor at the back of the arena to finish the song and sing "Fifteen" and "Tim McGraw". Halfway through "Tim McGraw", Taylor walks through the floor aisle on her backstage and then finishes the song and sings "White Horse" also.

Next, her backup dancers come onstage dressed in Renaissance theme and dance to a slow instrumental version of "Love Story". As the curtain rises, we see a whole new set onstage, a fairytale castle. She is wearing a red Renaissance dress singing "Love Story". Before that song is over, she has an onstage costume change before the last verse of the song changing into a white gown!

After that, her guitarist plays a solo as she changes into a green and black dress with hearts on it and begins to sing "The Way I Loved You". Next, she makes her way to the piano the slow things down with "You're Not Sorry", which is mixed in with a Justin Timberlanke cover of "What Goes Around". Before she leaves the stage, she sings "Picture To Burn" and "Change". During "Change", she gives an emotional speech about how her life has changed and how when we're down, we should believe that things will change.

She returns to the stage in a black dress for the encore, beginning with "I'm Only Me When I'm With You" with Kellie Pickler and Gloriana (the opening acts) returning to sing the song with her (Only on 2009 tour dates). In 2010, she replaces "I'm Only Me When I'm With You" with "Today Was A Fairytale". She closes with "Should've Said No". In the middle of the song, she has a drum battle with her fiddler, Caitlin. On the last chorus of the song, she is showered by a waterfall.

Tour activity

In a recent interview with US teen magazine Twist, Taylor stated that she was writing songs for her next album while touring, saying that she was 'addicted to recording'. While touring, she released the single 'American Girl', which was recorded on Verizon's Mobile Recording Studio Bus. It is a cover of the original song by Tom Petty. It is now available via Rhapsody or the Verizon Wireless Download Store.

Set list

Taylor Swift with Kellie Pickler and Gloriana performing in Pittsburgh, PA in October 2009
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Opening Acts

  • Gloriana (North America and Australia)
  1. How Far Do You Wanna Go/Go Your Own Way
  2. You Said
  3. Lead Me On
  4. The Way It Goes
  5. Wild at Heart
  • Kellie Pickler North America
  1. Best Days of Your Life
  2. Things That Never Cross a Man's Mind
  3. Rocks Instead Of Rice
  4. Makin' Me Fall in Love Again
  5. Didn't You Know How Much I Loved You
  6. Don't You Know You're Beautiful
  7. I Wonder
  8. Red High Heels
  • Justin Bieber (United Kingdom)
  1. Love Me
  2. Bigger
  3. Favorite Girl
  4. Down To Earth
  5. One Less Lonely Girl
  6. With You (Chris Brown Cover)
  7. One Time

Taylor Swift

  1. You Belong With Me
  2. Our Song
  3. Tell Me Why
  4. Teardrops On My Guitar
  5. Fearless
  6. Forever and Always
  7. Hey Stephen
  8. Two is Better Than One (Brisbane Feb.2 Only)
  9. Fifteen
  10. Tim McGraw
  11. White Horse
  12. Love Story
  13. The Way I Loved You
  14. You're Not Sorry/What Goes Around Comes Around
  15. Picture to Burn
  16. Change
  • Encore
  1. I'm Only Me When I'm With You (with Kellie Pickler and Gloriana, North America Only)
  2. Today was a Fairytale (Austrailia and North America 2010)
  3. Should've Said No

Notes

  • "The Best Day" was originally performed in Evansville on April 23 but was later removed from the set list.
  • "Picture to Burn" was originally performed as part of the encore but was later moved to the main portion of the show.
  • John Mayer was a special guest at the May 22 STAPLES Center show. The two performed "Your Body Is a Wonderland" and "White Horse".[10]
  • Faith Hill was a special guest at the September 12 Sommet Center show. The two performed Hill's "The Way You Love Me".
  • Due to the concert running over time, "Change" was not performed at Mellon Arena in Pittsburgh, PA on October 1. Also, it was not played at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Illinois. on October 9.
  • "Change" and "I'm Only Me When I'm With You" were not played in London or Manchester, due to massive crowd appreciation after "Tim McGraw".[11]
  • "Change" was not performed in Louisville, Kentucky and Sydney, Australia due to crowd cheering after "Tim Mcgraw", because the show was running over time.

Crowd Appreciation

Swift's crowds at her concerts express moments where they clap and cheer for minutes. Notably, at both of her UK dates, Swift's crowds held ovations for more than 5 minutes. Her Manchester audience gave her an ovation of 10 minutes whereas her London crowd gave her one of 7 minutes. In the United States, Dallas, Texas also gave her an ovation of more than 5 minutes. Almost in tears, she explained to them that "she would never forget that moment for the rest of her life." Later that night, she posted on her Twitter account that she was "adding that to the list of unforgettable nights in Dallas." She explained at her London gig just after the ovation how she "couldn't thank them enough for what they just did." Due to the huge ovations from Manchester and London, she wasn't able sing two songs because of the major crowd appreciation.

3D Footage

On January 9, 2010, Taylor Swift announced in a press conference that she would be using Sony products to record the Fearless Tour and backstage of the tour in 3D. She then performed 'Love Story' in 3D. It is unknown if the footage will be released to cinema or DVD. Also, it is unknown which concert she will be recording, but reports have said it will be her stop at Japan.

Tour Dates

Date City Country Venue
North America
April 23, 2009 Evansville United States Roberts Municipal Stadium
April 24, 2009 Jonesboro ASU Convocation Center
April 25, 2009 St. Louis Scottrade Center
April 30, 2009 North Charleston North Charleston Coliseum
May 1, 2009 Jacksonville Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena
May 2, 2009 Biloxi Mississippi Coast Coliseum
Europe
May 6, 2009 London England Shepherd's Bush Empire
May 7, 2009
North America
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 Phoenix Jobing.com Arena
May 22, 2009 Los Angeles STAPLES Center
May 23, 2009 Las Vegas Mandalay Bay Events Center
May 24, 2009 San Diego San Diego Sports Arena
May 26, 2009 Salt Lake City EnergySolutions Arena
June 4, 2009 Enterprise Bama Jam Music Festival
June 11, 2009 Columbia Merriweather Post Pavilion
June 12, 2009 Greensboro Greensboro Coliseum
June 24, 2009 Oshkosh Country USA Festival
June 25, 2009 Cadott Chippewa Valley - Country Fest
July 8, 2009 Calgary Canada Pengrowth Saddledome
July 9, 2009 Edmonton Commonwealth Stadium
July 11, 2009 Winnipeg MTS Centre
July 16, 2009 Twin Lakes United States Country Thunder Festival
July 17, 2009 Columbus Value City Arena
July 18, 2009 Charleston Charleston Civic Center
July 23, 2009 Cheyenne Cheyenne Frontier Days
July 24, 2009 Rapid City Rushmore Plaza Civic Center
July 25, 2009 Minot North Dakota State Fair
August 7, 2009 Detroit Lakes WE Fest
August 9, 2009 Omaha Qwest Center Omaha
Europe
August 22, 2009 Chelmsford England V Festival
August 23, 2009
North America
August 27, 2009 New York City United States Madison Square Garden
August 28, 2009 Uncasville Mohegan Sun Arena
August 29, 2009 University Park Bryce Jordan Center
August 30, 2009 Louisville Kentucky State Fair
September 3, 2009 Duluth Arena at Gwinnett Center
September 4, 2009 Greenville BI-LO Center
September 5, 2009 Charlotte Time Warner Cable Arena
September 9, 2009 Lafayette Cajundome
September 10, 2009 Bossier City CenturyTel Center
September 11, 2009 Birmingham BJCC Arena
September 12, 2009 Nashville Sommet Center
September 25, 2009 Dallas American Airlines Center
September 26, 2009 North Little Rock Verizon Arena
September 27, 2009 Tulsa BOK Center
October 1, 2009 Pittsburgh Mellon Arena
October 2, 2009 Grand Rapids Van Andel Arena
October 3, 2009 Cleveland Quicken Loans Arena
October 8, 2009 Indianapolis Conseco Fieldhouse
October 9, 2009 Chicago Allstate Arena
October 10, 2009
October 11, 2009 Minneapolis Target Center
Europe
November 23, 2009 London England Wembley Arena
November 24, 2009 Manchester Manchester Evening News Arena
Australia
February 4, 2010 Brisbane Australia Brisbane Entertainment Centre
February 6, 2010 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[12]
February 17, 2010 Tokyo Japan Zepp
North America
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 US 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[13]
May 8, 2010 Moline i wireless Center
May 12, 2010 Newark Prudential Center
May 13, 2010
May 14, 2010 Uniondale Nassau Veterans Memorial 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
June 2, 2010 Washington, D.C. Verizon Center
June 5, 2010 Foxboro, MA Gillette Stadium
July 10, 2010 Cavendish, PEI Canada Cavendish Beach Music Festival

Record Sellouts

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.[14] 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.[15][16][17][18][19] Taylor 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.[20]

References

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  2. ^ "Taylor Swift, Billboard's Best-selling Artist of 2008 announces "FEARLESS 2009" Headlining Tour". Taylor Swift Press Releases. 2009-01-30. http://taylorswift.com/fearlesstour_pressrelease.html. Retrieved 2009-06-28. 
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  6. ^ "Justin Bieber Joins Taylor Swift UK TOUR". http://oceanup.com/2009/09/25/justin-bieber-joins-taylor-swift-uk-tour. 
  7. ^ http://newsroom.mtv.com/2009/11/24/justin-bieber-injury
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  12. ^ テイラー・スウィフト、1夜限りの来日公演が決定!‎ CDJournal.com
  13. ^ http://www.xcelenergycenter.com/events/detail.jsp?EVENT_ID=810
  14. ^ "Taylor Swift Sells Out LA's Staples Center in 2 Minutes". Big Machine Records. 2009-02-06. http://sev.prnewswire.com/entertainment/20090206/CL6790006022009-1.html. Retrieved 2009-02-16. 
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  17. ^ "Taylor Swift Concert Tickets Sell Swiftly (Jonesboro, AR)". KAIT 8. 2009-02-14. http://www.kait8.com/Global/story.asp?S=9844040&nav=0jsh. Retrieved 2009-02-16. 
  18. ^ "Tickets go Swiftly into waiting hands". Sun Herald. 2009-02-13. http://www.sunherald.com/news/local/story/1138964.html. Retrieved 2009-02-16. 
  19. ^ "Taylor Swift Show A Fast Sellout In Nyc". CJBK. 2009-03-17. http://www.cjbk.com/news/music/87/894735. Retrieved 2009-03-19. 
  20. ^ http://www.fresnobee.com/columnists/mike-osegueda/story/1699779.html

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