Fearless Tour

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Fearless Tour
Tour by Taylor Swift
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Location
  • North America
  • Europe
  • Oceania
  • Asia
Associated albumFearless
Start dateApril 23, 2009 (2009-04-23)
End dateJuly 10, 2010 (2010-07-10)
Legs4
No. of shows118
Supporting acts
Attendance1.2 million
Box office$66.5 million (99 shows)[1][2] ($79.25 million in 2019 dollars)[3]
Taylor Swift concert chronology

The Fearless Tour was the debut concert tour by American singer-songwriter Taylor Swift, launched in support of her second studio album Fearless (2008). It began on April 23, 2009, in Evansville, Indiana and concluded on July 10, 2010, in Cavendish, Canada. Kellie Pickler, Gloriana, and Justin Bieber were supporting acts for the tour.

During the tour, Swift performed with guests such as John Mayer, Katy Perry, and Faith Hill. It grossed $63,705,590 from 89 reported shows and an audience of 1,173,977.[4][5][6][7] Several shows were recorded and released for a concert series, Journey to Fearless, on The Hub; it aired from October 22 to 24, 2010.[8]

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.[9]

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.

Background and development[edit]

The tour was announced on January 29, 2009, via her official website.[10] 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 Municipal 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 Thursday, April 23, 2009 Taylor Swift Day.[11]

The tour featured a theatrical presentation of graphics, sets and visual elements all designed by Swift. The show runs nearly 90 minutes and showcases Swift playing five different guitars as well as the piano. The show featured multiple costume changes and a fairy-tale castle illuminated by more than a million lumens of light.[10]

In late June, a new tour date was announced for November 23 at the Wembley Arena in London. However it became 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.[12] 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.[13] 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!".[14] 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.[15] On October 8, it was announced that the tour would be extended through June 2, 2010 to include 37 additional shows in North America.[16] It has been confirmed that Justin Bieber will be performing at the Gillette Stadium on June 5, 2010 with Swift.[17]

Concert synopsis[edit]

The show opens with the stage decorated as a school hallway. Swift appears at the top of the stage, in a band uniform, and sings "You Belong With Me". During the climax of the song, dancers remove Swift's outfit to reveal a sparkling, silver dress. "Our Song" and "Tell Me Why" are performed next, and then Swift gives a speech about her high school crush and his girlfriend. The backdrops of the stage turn into a library where Swift performs "Teardrops on My Guitar". She then sings "Fearless" and exits for a costume change.

The next segment begins with Swift, in a red dress, and a male dancer on red armchairs where she sings "Forever & Always". Swift leaves and changes into a teal gown and crosses the audience during a performance of "Hey Stephen". She goes to a B-stage where "Fifteen" and "Tim McGraw" are sung with a guitar. The act ends with Swift returning to the main stage, singing "White Horse".

The third act begins with Swift and her dancers in Renaissance attire during a performance of "Love Story", she then changes into a white gown and sings "The Way I Loved You". The next segment sees Swift, in a purple mini-dress, at a piano, which is at the top of the stage. There she performs "You're Not Sorry", with elements of Justin Timberlake's "What Goes Around...Comes Around", as her dancers, in black, perform acrobats on the bottom stage. "Picture to Burn" and "Change" are sung next, the former with fire on the backdrops, and Swift exits for a final costume change.

During the encore, she appears on top of the stage again, in a black gown, performing "I'm Only Me When I'm With You" with her supporting acts Gloriana and Kellie Pickler; however, during shows in 2010, Swift sang "Today Was a Fairytale" alone. She then gives a speech about an ex who cheated on her and sings "Should've Said No". During the performance, fake rain comes from the roof of the stage and Swift closes the show by going backstage as curtains are drawn.

Supporting acts[edit]

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

The tour featured three different supporting acts across three continents. Gloriana toured with Swift primarily in North America and Oceania, Kellie Pickler played on the North American leg, and Justin Bieber performed on the United Kingdom and Foxboro, Massachusetts dates. The following represents the set lists of the supporting acts.

Gloriana
  1. "How Far Do You Wanna Go?" / "Go Your Own Way"
  2. "If You're Leavin'" (Foxboro, Massachusetts only)
  3. "You Said"
  4. "Lead Me On"
  5. "The Way It Goes"
  6. "The World Is Ours Tonight" (Foxboro, Massachusetts only)
  7. "Wild at Heart"

Set list[edit]

This set list is from the April 23, 2009 show in Evansville, Indiana and is not intended to represent all dates throughout the tour.

  1. "You Belong with Me"
  2. "Our Song"
  3. "Tell Me Why"
  4. "Teardrops on My Guitar"
  5. "Fearless"
  6. "Forever & Always"
  7. "Hey Stephen"
  8. "Fifteen"
  9. "Tim McGraw"
  10. "White Horse"
  11. "Love Story"
  12. "The Way I Loved You"
  13. "You're Not Sorry" (contains elements of "What Goes Around...Comes Around")
  14. "Picture to Burn"
  15. "Change"

Encore

  1. "I'm Only Me When I'm With You" (with Kellie Pickler and Gloriana)
  2. "Should've Said No"

Tour dates[edit]

List of concerts, showing date, city, country, venue, amount of available tickets, tickets sold (attendance), and gross revenue
Date City Country Venue Attendance Revenue
North America[18]
April 23, 2009 Evansville United States Roberts Municipal Stadium 7,463 / 7,463 $360,617
April 24, 2009 Jonesboro Convocation Center 7,822 / 7,822 $340,328
April 25, 2009 St. Louis Scottrade Center 13,764 / 13,764 $650,420
April 30, 2009 Charleston North Charleston Coliseum 8,751 / 8,751 $398,154
May 1, 2009 Jacksonville Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena 11,072 / 11,072 $507,012
May 2, 2009 Biloxi Mississippi Coast Coliseum 9,436 / 9,436 $437,313
Europe[19]
May 6, 2009 London England Shepherd's Bush Empire 6,789 / 6,789 $401,328
May 7, 2009
North America
May 14, 2009 Spokane United States Spokane Arena 10,798 / 10,798 $482,146
May 15, 2009 Seattle KeyArena 12,061 / 12,061 $528,637
May 16, 2009 Portland Rose Garden Arena 13,226 / 13,226 $613,284
May 17, 2009 Nampa Ford Arena 8,970 / 8,970 $413,622
May 21, 2009 Glendale Jobing.com Arena 13,052 / 13,052 $647,923
May 22, 2009 Los Angeles Staples Center 13,648 / 13,648 $720,940
May 23, 2009 Las Vegas Mandalay Bay Events Center 8,311 / 8,311 $551,051
May 24, 2009 San Diego Valley View Casino Center 10,174 / 10,174 $502,689
May 26, 2009 Salt Lake City EnergySolutions Arena 13,042 / 13,042 $555,207
June 4, 2009[a] Enterprise BamaJam N/A N/A
June 5, 2009[b] Cincinnati U.S. Bank Arena
June 6, 2009[b] Auburn Hills The Palace of Auburn Hills
June 7, 2009[b] Ft. Wayne War Memorial Coliseum
June 11, 2009 Columbia Merriweather Post Pavilion 17,619 / 17,619 $608,438
June 12, 2009 Greensboro Greensboro Coliseum 14,641 / 14,641 $690,959
June 13, 2009[b] Atlanta Philips Arena N/A N/A
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[e] Edmonton Commonwealth Stadium
July 10, 2009[f] Craven Craven Country Jamboree
July 11, 2009 Winnipeg MTS Centre 11,369 / 11,369 $512,487
July 16, 2009[g] Twin Lakes United States Country Thunder Festival N/A N/A
July 17, 2009 Columbus Nationwide Arena
July 18, 2009 Charleston Charleston Civic Center
July 23, 2009[h] Cheyenne Cheyenne Frontier Days Arena
July 24, 2009 Rapid City Barnett Arena
July 25, 2009[i] Minot North Dakota State Fair
July 31, 2009[b] Boston TD Garden
August 1, 2009[b] Philadelphia Wachovia Spectrum
August 7, 2009[j] Detroit Lakes WE Fest
August 8, 2009[b] Kansas City Sprint Center
August 9, 2009 Omaha Qwest Center Omaha
Europe
August 22, 2009[k] Chelmsford England Hylands Park N/A N/A
August 23, 2009[k] Staffordshire Weston Park
North America
August 27, 2009 New York City United States Madison Square Garden 13,597 / 13,597 $976,062
August 28, 2009 Uncasville Mohegan Sun Arena 7,507 / 7,507 $296,306
August 29, 2009 University Park Bryce Jordan Center N/A N/A
August 30, 2009 Louisville Freedom Hall
September 3, 2009 Duluth Arena at Gwinnett Center
September 4, 2009 Greenville Bon Secours Wellness Arena
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 Bridgestone Arena 14,269 / 14,269 $642,387
September 25, 2009 Dallas American Airlines Center 13,794 / 13,794 $628,062
September 26, 2009 North Little Rock Verizon Arena 13,978 / 13,978 $654,089
September 27, 2009 Tulsa BOK Center N/A N/A
October 1, 2009 Pittsburgh Mellon Arena
October 2, 2009 Grand Rapids Van Andel Arena
October 3, 2009 Cleveland Quicken Loans Arena 15,524 / 15,524 $743,492
October 8, 2009 Indianapolis Conseco Fieldhouse 13,373 / 13,373 $634,876
October 9, 2009 Rosemont Allstate Arena 26,265 / 26,265 $1,150,896
October 10, 2009
October 11, 2009 Minneapolis Target Center 13,563 / 13,563 $623,975
Europe
November 23, 2009 London England Wembley Arena N/A N/A
November 24, 2009 Manchester Manchester Evening News Arena
Oceania[20]
February 4, 2010 Brisbane Australia Brisbane Entertainment Centre 11,334 / 11,334 $956,505
February 6, 2010 Sydney Acer Arena 27,030 / 27,030 $2,030,640
February 7, 2010
February 8, 2010 Newcastle Newcastle Entertainment Centre 7,180 / 7,180 $555,396
February 10, 2010 Melbourne Rod Laver Arena 23,493 / 23,493 $1,627,510
February 11, 2010
February 12, 2010 Adelaide Adelaide Entertainment Centre 9,066 / 9,066 $585,352
Asia[20]
February 17, 2010 Tokyo Japan Zepp N/A N/A
North America[20][21]
March 4, 2010 Tampa United States St. Pete Times Forum 13,861 / 13,861 $793,049
March 5, 2010 Orlando Amway Arena 11,101 / 11,101 $598,581
March 7, 2010 Sunrise BankAtlantic Center 13,453 / 13,453 $777,442
March 10, 2010 Austin Frank Erwin Center 11,928 / 11,928 $642,705
March 11, 2010 Dallas American Airlines Center 14,022 / 14,022 $742,954
March 12, 2010 Corpus Christi American Bank Center Arena 8,423 / 8,423 $501,169
March 18, 2010 Philadelphia Wells Fargo Center 30,360 / 30,360 $2,002,321
March 19, 2010
March 20, 2010 Charlottesville John Paul Jones Arena 11,858 / 11,858 $664,305
March 26, 2010 Auburn Hills The Palace of Auburn Hills 29,125 / 29,125 $1,711,591
March 27, 2010
March 28, 2010 Cincinnati U.S. Bank Arena 11,208 / 11,208 $645,592
March 31, 2010 Oklahoma City Ford Center 11,795 / 11,795 $675,184
April 1, 2010 Wichita Intrust Bank Arena 11,208 / 11,208 $610,801
April 2, 2010 Kansas City Sprint Center 13,781 / 13,781 $761,110
April 6, 2010 Denver Pepsi Center 25,991 / 25,991 $1,497,135
April 7, 2010
April 10, 2010 Fresno Save Mart Center 11,706 / 11,706 $649,488
April 11, 2010 San Jose HP Pavilion 12,744 / 12,744 $716,726
April 15, 2010 Los Angeles Staples Center 27,518 / 27,518 $1,736,197
April 16, 2010
April 29, 2010 Lexington Rupp Arena 17,966 / 17,966 $1,024,223
April 30, 2010 Columbia Colonial Life Arena 13,429 / 13,429 $755,475
May 1, 2010 Raleigh RBC Center 13,895 / 13,895 $752,303
May 6, 2010 Des Moines Wells Fargo Arena 13,264 / 13,264 $738,280
May 7, 2010 Saint Paul Xcel Energy Center 14,914 / 14,914 $846,111
May 8, 2010 Moline iWireless Center 10,641 / 10,641 $610,668
May 12, 2010 Newark Prudential Center 26,065 / 26,065 $1,742,669
May 13, 2010
May 14, 2010 Uniondale Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum 25,831 / 25,831 $1,713,529
May 15, 2010
May 20, 2010 Ottawa Canada Scotiabank Place 13,376 / 13,376 $873,206
May 21, 2010 Toronto Air Canada Centre 30,458 / 30,458 $2,497,690
May 22, 2010
May 25, 2010 Houston United States Toyota Center 23,493 / 23,493 $1,290,926
May 26, 2010
May 29, 2010[l] Baton Rouge LSU Tiger Stadium N/A N/A
June 1, 2010 Washington, D.C. Verizon Center 27,290 / 27,290 $1,824,743
June 2, 2010
June 5, 2010 Foxborough Gillette Stadium 56,868 / 56,868 $3,726,157
June 19, 2010 Atlantis The Bahamas Imperial Ballroom N/A N/A
July 10, 2010[m] Cavendish Canada Cavendish Beach Music Festival 35,000 / 35,000
Total 1,173,977 / 1,173,977 (100%) $63,705,590

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ This concert was a part of BamaJam.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i Performed as the opening act for 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 Commonwealth Country, where she opened for the festival headliner, Kenny Chesney.
  6. ^ This concert was a part of the Craven Country Jamboree.
  7. ^ This concert was a part of the Country Thunder Festival.
  8. ^ This concert was a part of the Cheyenne Frontier Days.
  9. ^ This concert was a part of the North Dakota State Fair.
  10. ^ This concert was a part of the WE Fest.
  11. ^ a b This concert was part of the V Festival.
  12. ^ This concert was part of the Bayou Country Superfest.
  13. ^ 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.[22] 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.[23][24][25][26][27] Swift is also one of the only artists to have sold out the Save Mart Center in less than ten minutes.[28]

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