Speak Now World Tour

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Speak Now World Tour
Tour by Taylor Swift
Promotional poster for the tour
Location
  • Asia
  • Europe
  • North America
  • Oceania
Associated albumSpeak Now
Start dateFebruary 9, 2011 (2011-02-09)
End dateMarch 18, 2012 (2012-03-18)
No. of shows110
Supporting acts
Attendance1,642,435
Box office$123.7 million ($157.68 million in 2022 dollars)[1]
Taylor Swift concert chronology

The Speak Now World Tour was the second concert tour by the American singer-songwriter Taylor Swift, who embarked on it to support her third studio album, Speak Now (2010). It ran from February 9, 2011, to March 18, 2012, and covered 110 shows across Asia, Europe, the Americas, and Oceania.

The set list consisted mostly of songs from Speak Now, with a few numbers from Swift's first two albums, Taylor Swift (2006) and Fearless (2008). Two songs were performed as medleys with music of other artists: "Hey, Soul Sister" by Train, "Apologize" by OneRepublic, and "I'm Yours" by Jason Mraz. On several US shows, Swift invited special guests to perform duets onstage with her. Multiple US shows were recorded for a concert film and live album, both titled Speak Now World Tour – Live, released on November 21, 2011.

Music critics generally praised the production and Swift's showmanship and interactions with her audience. According to Pollstar, the Speak Now World Tour was the fourth-highest-grossing tour and the highest-grossing by a female artist of 2011. Billboard ranked it fifth on their list of the top tours of 2011.

Background and development[edit]

Taylor Swift performing live during the Speak Now World Tour.
View of the stage for the concert at Pittsburgh

I’m so excited to go back out on tour again in 2011! The 'Fearless Tour' was so much fun and even more unforgettable than I ever imagined, and I can't wait to get back out and play my new music from Speak Now! The fans have been so amazing and I'm thrilled to play in new cities around the world and meet even more of my fans in 2011![2]

While promoting Speak Now, Swift mentioned her excitement for her upcoming tour. She stated that the tour was going to be "big" and "extensive".[3] On November 23, 2010, various media outlets, including Billboard magazine, announced the second tour by Swift.[4] It followed her successful Fearless Tour, which played over 100 dates in five countries. The Speak Now World Tour marked Swift's first in multiple stadiums. Before it commenced, she performed "The Allure of Taylor Swift" show aboard the MV Allure of the Seas at the Allure of the Seas Aquatheater, as a part of Royal Caribbean Cruises on January 21, 2011 in Cozumel, Mexico.[5] Swift used Tom Petty's "American Girl" as her entrance song.[6]

It ranked tenth on Pollstar's "Top 50 Worldwide Tour (Mid-Year)" list, earning over $40 million.[7] At the end of 2011, the tour placed fourth on the magazine's annual "Top 25 Worldwide Tours" list, earning $104.2 million from 100 shows,[8] making it the highest-grossing female and solo tour of 2011.

Arm lyrics[edit]

Taylor Swift performing live. The quote on her arm reads "Go cut through the noise so you can know what love sounds like".
Swift performing during the Speak Now World Tour in 2012 with lyrics from Natasha Bedingfield's "Neon Lights" on her arm

During the North American[9] and Australasian tour legs, Swift wrote different song lyrics, and occasionally quotes from famous speeches and movies, on her left arm for each show. She stated that the lyrics should be viewed as a nightly "mood ring",[10] and The New Yorker has cited the practice as an example of Swift's "keen understanding of what fuels fan obsession in the first place: a desire for intimacy between singer and listener".[11]

Acoustic cover versions[edit]

Swift performed many acoustic cover versions during the North American leg. In each city, she paid tribute to a homegrown artist.[12] She stated that the cover versions allowed her to be "spontaneous" in an otherwise well-rehearsed show: "You'll have a lot of people who will come to more than one show, and I want them to get a different experience every time."[13]

Set list[edit]

The following set list is from the May 27, 2011 show in Omaha, Nebraska. It is not intended to represent all shows throughout the tour.[14]

  1. "Sparks Fly"
  2. "Mine"
  3. "The Story of Us"
  4. "Our Song"
  5. "Mean"
  6. "Back to December" (contains elements of "Apologize" and "You're Not Sorry")
  7. "Better than Revenge"
  8. "Speak Now"
  9. "Fearless" / "I'm Yours" (contains elements of "Hey, Soul Sister")
  10. "Last Kiss"
  11. Surprise cover
  12. "You Belong with Me"
  13. "Dear John"
  14. "Enchanted"
  15. "Haunted"
  16. "Long Live"
Encore

Notes[edit]

  • During the Asian and European legs, "Mean", "Our Song", and "Haunted" were not performed due to stage reduction. Additionally, "Fifteen" was performed in place of "Last Kiss".[citation needed]
  • During the show in Kansas City, Swift performed "Superman".[15]
  • Starting with the show in Denver, "Ours" was added to the set-list.[16]
  • During the shows in Lexington,[17] Houston,[18] and Raleigh,[19] Swift performed "Never Grow Up".
  • During the shows in Oceania, "Safe & Sound" was performed during the encore, except the second performance in Auckland, where "Eyes Open" was performed instead.[20]

Surprise covers[edit]

Swift and her band performing "Mean"

Swift is well-known for paying homage to other artists that have inspired her; after "Last Kiss" was performed, she went on to perform the following surprise tribute covers:

Special guests[edit]

While touring, Swift is well-known to surprise her audiences with specially-invited musical guests, who join her onstage in singing a duet.

Tour dates[edit]

List of 2011 concerts[59]
Date (2011) City Country Venue Opening acts Attendance Revenue
February 9 Singapore Singapore Indoor Stadium Sezairi Sezali 8,964 / 8,964 $916,850
February 11 Seoul South Korea Olympic Gymnastics Arena 4,725 / 4,725 $385,374
February 13 Osaka Japan Osaka-Jo Hall 6,953 / 6,953 $758,113
February 16 Tokyo Nippon Budokan 15,955 / 15,955 $1,738,227
February 17
February 19 Quezon City Philippines Smart Araneta Coliseum Sam Concepcion 12,667 / 12,667 $859,037
February 21 Hong Kong AsiaWorld–Arena Saito Johnny 12,573 / 12,573 $1,030,633
March 6 Brussels Belgium Forest National Tom Dice 4,622 / 4,622 $219,212
March 7 Rotterdam Netherlands Sportpaleis van Ahoy 4,799 / 4,799 $248,314
March 9 Oslo Norway Oslo Spektrum 8,650 / 8,650 $815,246
March 12 Oberhausen Germany König Pilsener Arena Martin & James 6,082 / 6,082 $370,028
March 15 Milan Italy Mediolanum Forum Emma Marrone 3,421 / 5,585 $153,303
March 17 Paris France Zénith de Paris 3,598 / 8,500 $201,781
March 19 Madrid Spain Palacio de los Deportes The Bright 3,962 / 3,962 $251,864
March 22 Birmingham England LG Arena Martin & James 9,339 / 9,339 $508,854
March 25 Belfast Northern Ireland Odyssey Arena Ryan Sheridan 8,058 / 8,058 $379,001
March 27 Dublin Ireland The O2 8,681 / 8,681 $419,806
March 29 Manchester England Manchester Evening News Arena Martin & James 10,488 / 11,622 $580,558
March 30 London The O2 Arena 15,265 / 15,681 $891,152
May 27 Omaha United States Qwest Center Omaha Needtobreathe 26,992 / 26,992 $1,717,104
May 28
May 29 Des Moines Wells Fargo Arena 13,149 / 13,149 $862,771
June 2 Sunrise BankAtlantic Center 24,077 / 24,077 $1,582,951
June 3
June 4 Orlando Amway Center 12,262 / 12,262 $791,980
June 7 Columbus Nationwide Arena 14,817 / 14,817 $955,259
June 8 Milwaukee Bradley Center 13,748 / 13,748 $897,042
June 11 Detroit Ford Field 47,992 / 47,992 $3,453,549
June 14 Saint Paul Xcel Energy Center 28,977 / 28,977 $1,913,737
June 15
June 18 Pittsburgh Heinz Field 52,009 / 52,009 $4,009,118
June 21 Buffalo First Niagara Center 14,487 / 14,487 $966,749
June 22 Hartford XL Center 12,436 / 12,436 $810,165
June 25 Foxborough Gillette Stadium 110,800 / 110,800 $8,026,350
June 26
June 30 Greensboro Greensboro Coliseum 14,789 / 14,789 $990,701
July 1 Knoxville Thompson–Boling Arena 13,754 / 13,754 $903,875
July 14 Montreal Canada Bell Centre 13,439 / 13,439 $1,254,230
July 15 Toronto Air Canada Centre 30,144 / 30,144 $3,036,000
July 16
July 19 Newark United States Prudential Center 51,487 / 51,487 $3,875,463
July 20
July 23
July 24
July 28 Grand Rapids Van Andel Arena 11,012 / 11,012 $724,854
July 29 Indianapolis Conseco Fieldhouse 13,329 / 13,329 $877,175
July 30 Cleveland Quicken Loans Arena 14,873 / 14,873 $976,954
August 2 Washington, D.C. Verizon Center 29,303 / 29,303 $2,068,789
August 3
August 6 Philadelphia Lincoln Financial Field 51,395 / 51,395 $4,268,678
August 9 Rosemont Allstate Arena 26,112 / 26,112 $1,909,603
August 10
August 13 St. Louis Scottrade Center 27,965 / 27,965 $1,850,159
August 14
August 18 Edmonton Canada Rexall Place 25,336 / 25,336 $2,136,270
August 19
August 23 Los Angeles United States Staples Center 54,900 / 54,900 $3,927,154
August 24
August 27
August 28
September 1 San Jose HP Pavilion 24,827 / 24,827 $1,825,448
September 2
September 3 Sacramento Power Balance Pavilion 12,432 / 12,432 $934,326
September 6 Portland Rose Garden Arena 13,610 / 13,610 $903,445
September 7 Tacoma Tacoma Dome 19,904 / 19,904 $1,289,430
September 10 Vancouver Canada Rogers Arena 26,030 / 26,030 $2,190,680
September 11
September 16 Nashville United States Bridgestone Arena 28,178 / 28,178 $1,841,134
September 17
September 20 Bossier City CenturyLink Center 11,510 / 11,510 $728,546
September 21 Tulsa BOK Center 12,546 / 12,546 $907,573
September 24 Kansas City Arrowhead Stadium 48,562 / 48,562 $3,148,046
September 27 Denver Pepsi Center 12,908 / 12,908 $834,916
September 28 Salt Lake City EnergySolutions Arena 13,720 / 13,720 $896,946
October 1[a] Atlanta Philips Arena 26,244 / 26,244 $1,726,661
October 2[a]
October 4 North Little Rock Verizon Arena 13,566 / 13,566 $856,123
October 5 New Orleans New Orleans Arena 12,943 / 12,943 $830,289
October 8 Arlington Cowboys Stadium 55,451 / 55,451 $4,337,062
October 11[b] Louisville KFC Yum! Center 14,848 / 14,848 $1,003,828
October 14 Lubbock United Spirit Arena 10,419 / 10,419 $710,426
October 15 Oklahoma City Chesapeake Energy Arena 11,592 / 11,592 $758,364
October 20 San Diego Valley View Casino Center 10,834 / 10,834 $792,634
October 21 Glendale Jobing.com Arena 27,029 / 27,029 $1,826,025
October 22
October 25 San Antonio AT&T Center 13,851 / 13,851 $901,535
October 26 Austin Frank Erwin Center 11,999 / 11,999 $752,078
October 29 Lexington Rupp Arena 16,237 / 16,237 $1,041,935
October 30 Memphis FedExForum 12,604 / 12,604 $820,036
November 5 Houston Minute Maid Park 42,095 / 42,095 $3,435,756
November 11 Jacksonville Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena 11,785 / 11,785 $749,099
November 12 Tampa St. Pete Times Forum 13,695 / 13,695 $914,300
November 13 Miami American Airlines Arena 12,153 / 12,153 $786,904
November 16[c] Charlotte Time Warner Cable Arena 14,272 / 14,272 $920,903
November 17 Raleigh RBC Center 13,567 / 13,567 $866,056
November 18 Columbia Colonial Life Arena 12,807 / 12,807 $828,231
November 21 New York City Madison Square Garden 26,652 / 26,652 $1,988,411
November 22
List of 2012 concerts
Date (2012) City Country Venue Opening acts Attendance Revenue
March 2 Perth Australia Burswood Dome Hot Chelle Rae 15,142 / 15,142 $1,878,530
March 4 Adelaide Adelaide Entertainment Centre 8,589 / 8,589 $1,075,370
March 6 Brisbane Brisbane Entertainment Centre 19,870 / 19,870 $2,416,030
March 7
March 9 Sydney Allphones Arena 27,900 / 27,900 $3,420,360
March 10
March 12 Melbourne Rod Laver Arena 33,793 / 33,793 $4,151,650
March 13
March 14
March 16 Auckland New Zealand Vector Arena 32,585 / 32,585 $2,888,560
March 17
March 18
Total 1,639,137 / 1,649,435 (99.38%) $123,678,576

Cancelled date[edit]

List of cancelled concerts, showing date, city, country, venue and reason for cancellation
Date City Country Venue Reason
March 14, 2011 Munich Germany Olympiahalle Scheduling conflict.[60]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b The shows on October 1 and 2, 2011, in Atlanta at the Philips Arena were originally scheduled for July 9 and 10, 2011; however, due to illness, the shows were postponed.
  2. ^ The show on October 11, 2011, in Louisville at the KFC Yum! Center was originally scheduled for July 2, 2011; however, due to illness, the show was postponed.
  3. ^ The show on November 16, 2011, in Charlotte at the Time Warner Cable Arena was originally scheduled for July 8, 2011; however, due to illness, the show was postponed.

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